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: What are some of your nicknames?
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?
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.