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Naomi Ko

Naomi Ko

Biography

Date of Birth
Sep 8, 1997
Birthplace
Victoria, B.C.
Home Club
Royal Colwood Golf Club
School
N.C. State
Years on Team
5 (Amateur Squad in 2017, 2016 | Development Squad in 2015, 2014, 2013)

Victoria, B.C., native Naomi Ko solidified her return to the Amateur Squad after an impressive 2016 campaign that featured wins at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship and PNGA Women’s Amateur, plus Top-10 performances at the Canadian Women’s Amateur, Porter Cup and World Amateur Team Championship. Her freshman season with N.C. State was highlighted by a T5 finish at the ACC Championship. Ko, 19, won the B.C. Junior Girls Championship title in 2014. Entering her second year with the Amateur Squad, 2017 marks Ko’s fifth year with the Team Canada program—she was on the Development Squad from 2013-2015.

Q & A

Q: What are some of your nicknames?

Koko

Q: Who or what got you into golf? Explain.

My mom got me into golf, mainly to receive an athletic scholarship.

Q: What is your favourite pre-competition meal?

Breakfast: Omelette, yogurt, and cereal. Dinner: Sashimi with udon.

Q: How about your favourite “cheat” meal?

Cheese filled crust pizza from Pizza Hut.

Q: What was the last book you read?

Hamlet… not by choice.

Q: Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Kono- From Hawaii Five-O

Q: What is something most people don’t know about you? Any hidden talents?

I like to bake and cook on my free time.

Q: What exercise do you dread the most?

Push-ups.

Q: What was the last picture that you took on your phone?

A picture of my frozen yogurt.

Q: What is the best thing about your hometown?

The amount of trees that we have.

Q: Do you have any superstitions?

What I eat before my tournament rounds.

Q: What is the most surprising thing in your golf bag?

Nothing really, everything is all normal stuff that you would see in a golf bag.

Q: If you could have a walk-up song on the first tee box, what would it be?

Shake it off- Taylor Swift.

Highlights

  • Round of 16 – Women’s Western Golf Association Championship
  • 3rd – Porter Cup
  • Medallist  – 2017 Lady Puerto Rico Classic (NCAA)
  • T18 – 2016 Landfall Tradition (NCAA)
  • T6 – 2016 World Amateur Team Championship (individual)
  • 9th – 2016 World Amateur Team Championship (team play)
  • Champion – 2016 Canadian Junior Girls Championship
  • T7 – 2016 Canadian Women’s Amateur
  • Finalist – 2016 PNGA Women’s Amateur Championship
  • Medalist – 2016 PNGA Women’s Amateur Championship
  • T7 – 2016 Women’s Porter Cup
  • Champion – 2016 Cambia Portland Classic Amateur Open
  • Medalist – 2016 U.S. Women’s Open Qualifier (Dupont, Wash.)
  • T5 – 2016 ACC Women’s Golf Championship (NCAA)
  • T29 – 2015 Cougar Classic (NCAA)
  • 3rd – 2015 Canadian Junior Girls Championship
  • T24 – 2015 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship
  • Quarterfinalist – 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship
  • T2 – 2015 Investors Group Ontario Women’s Amateur
  • 5th – 2015 B.C. Women’s Amateur
  • 13th – 2014 AJGA Girls Championship
  • 2nd – 2014 BC Juvenile Championships
  • 8th – 2014 PNGA Junior Girls Amateur
  • 4th – 2014 Canadian Junior Girls Championship
  • 40th – 2014 Canadian Women’s Amateur
  • 4th – 2014 British Columbia Women’s Amateur
  • Champion – 2014 BC Junior Girl’s Championship
  • 16th – 2014 WWGA National Amateur Championship
  • 16th – 2014 The Porter Cup
  • 2nd – 2014 AJGA – St. Louis Junior
  • Champion – 2014 CN Future Links Ontario Championship
  • 10th – 2014 Canadian Women’s Tour – BC
  • 3rd – 2014 CN Future Links Pacific Championship
  • 6th – 2014 AJGA – Junior at Lone Tree
  • 2nd – 2014 CJGA – Nike Golf Junior Series at Hazelmere
  • 12th – 2014 South American Amateur
  • 2nd – 2013 B.C. Juvenile Girls Championship
  • T23 – 2013 Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur
  • 3rd – 2013 B.C. Junior Girls Championship
  • T11 – 2013 B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship
  • 4th – 2013 CN Future Links Ontario Championship
  • 8th – 2013 CN Future Links Pacific Championship
  • T11 – 2012 Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship
  • 6th – 2012 AJGA Junior at Fox Hill
  • T8 – 2012 BC Junior Girls Championship
  • T11 – 2012 BC Women’s Amateur Championship
  • 3rd – 2012 CN Future Links Prairie Championship
  • 2nd – 2012 CN Future Links Pacific Championship
  • Champion – 2012 Aspen Junior Golf Classic

Accolades

  • All-American Scholar (2015-16)

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