Willy Bishop

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Bishop secured his spot on the Junior Boys Squad following a breakout summer season. The Victoria, B.C. native won the 2020 B.C. Junior and Juvenile Championship and finished 7th at the 2020 B.C. Men’s Amateur Championship.

Q & A

  • Q: What are some of your nicknames?

    Billy Wishop

  • How did you get into golf?

    Golf summer camps at Royal Colwood Golf Club. I would be dropped off in the morning, have a lesson all day and then play holes afterwards. Met lots of friends and the lunches were always great! It made golf fun.

  • How do you mark your golf ball?

    With a black line and three red dots below the number

  • Do you have any siblings?

    Yes – Older brother Gordie and younger brother Danny

  • What was the last book you read?

    Tiger Woods Biography

  • Who would play you in a movie about your life?

    Happy Gilmore

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

    I’m pretty good at basketball and can solve a Rubik’s Cube

  • What exercise do you dread the most?

    Suicides

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

    A video of my golf swing at my home driving range

  • What is the best thing about your hometown?

    No snow, can play golf year-round

  • Do you have any superstitions?

    None!

  • What is the most surprising thing in your golf bag?

    A three month old sandwich and a banana peel

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

    “Goosebumps” by Travis Scott

Equipment

Wedges: Vokey SM7
Putter: Scotty Cameron X5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Owen Mullen

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Mullen joins the Junior Boys Squad as the third player from Nova Scotia to ever be selected to the Team Canada program since the program’s inception in 2005. The Shortts Lake, N.S. native and University of Notre Dame commit has picked up wins at the 2020 Nova Scotia Junior Boy’s Championship and the 2018 Future Links Atlantic Championship.

Q & A

  • What are some of your nicknames?

    O, O-Dog, Mully.

  • How did you get into golf?

    I grew up in a small town where I lived right next to the local golf course. I enjoyed spending time at the course with my dad and couldn’t get enough of it.

  • How do you mark your golf ball?

    I draw three red lines on the side of the ball to help with alignment.

  • Do you have any siblings?

    I have two younger brothers, Simon and Elliott.

  • What was the last book you read?

    The Big Miss by Hank Haney.

  • Who would play you in a movie about your life?

    John Krasinski

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

    I played AAA hockey until my draft year and I played two years of varsity basketball in high school.

  • What exercise do you dread the most?

    Long distance running.

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

    A picture of the 15th hole on the Valley Course at Bear Mountain.

  • What is the best thing about your hometown?

    It’s a small town so everybody knows each other. All of the members at the local golf club support me.

  • Do you have any superstitions?

    I try to follow the same routine before tournament rounds but no superstitions.

  • What is the most surprising thing in your golf bag?

    A portable phone charger.

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

    “Headlines” by Drake.

Equipment

Woods: Titleist 915 5-wood
Irons: Titleist U510 3i, Titleist T100 4i-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Nicole Gal

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Gal earned her spot on the Junior Girls’ Squad after several years of strong results. The Oakville, Ont. native finished 2nd at the 2020 Ontario Junior Girls Championship and T8 at the 2020 North & South Junior Amateur. The former Team Ontario member was victorious at the 2019 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, winning the girls 14-15 age division.

Q & A

  • Q: What are some of your nicknames?

    Most people call me Nic or Nicki.

  • Q: How did you get into golf?

    My dad and grandpa brought me to a driving range when I was 4 and I loved it ever since.

  • Q: How do you mark your golf ball?

    A black dot on each side of the number.

  • Q: Do you have any siblings?

    I have a younger sister named Elise

  • Q: What was the last book you read?

    Divergent

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

    Jennifer Aniston

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

    I took dance for 12 years and I still really like it.

  • Q: What exercise do you dread the most?

    I’m not a fan of burpees.

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

    It was a picture of the sunset at Rattlesnake golf club.

  • Q: What is the best thing about your hometown?

    My family, friends and Oakville Golf Club.

  • Q: Do you have any superstitions?

    I always have 2 tees in my hair.

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

    A good collection of poker chips.

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

    “Power” by Kanye West

Equipment

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Michelle Liu

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Liu joins the Junior Girls Squad as the team’s youngest member. The Vancouver, B.C. native secured a win at the 2020 B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship and finished 3rd at the 2020 B.C. Junior Girls Championship. Liu made history as the youngest participant in CP Women’s Open history when she qualified for the 2019 edition after finishing low Canadian at the 2019 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship.

Q & A

  • Q: What are some of your nicknames?

    I don’t have any.

  • Q: How did you get into golf?

    My older sister was interested in golf, so my mom signed both of us up for a summer golf camp. We kept taking golf lessons afterwards.

  • Q: How do you mark your golf ball?

    I draw a line (usually in red) and an “M”.

  • Q: Do you have any siblings?

    I have an older sister.

  • Q: What was the last book you read?

    1984 by George Orwell

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

    I’m not sure.

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

    I like to draw, although I wouldn’t quite call it a “talent”. I’m sure if anyone saw my drawings, they would agree.

  • Q: What exercise do you dread the most?

    Squats

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

    A picture of sushi that I made in my Foods class at school, next to a sushi bowl (which most definitely was NOT my failed sushi that all fell apart when I cut the roll).

  • Q: What is the best thing about your hometown?

    Vancouver is a beautiful city, and we have lots of great courses.

  • Q: Do you have any superstitions?

    Not really.

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

    I’m not sure. A lot of random objects enter my golf bag. On that note, a lot of important objects disappear from my bag as well.

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

    K/DA More

Equipment

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Malik Dao

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Dao, who joins the Junior Boys Squad for his second year, is one of three players originating from Québec. The Notre-Dame-de l’Île-Perrot native notched a major victory this summer with a win at the 2020 Québec Men’s Amateur Championship.

Q & A

  • Q: What are some of your nicknames?

    My name is pretty short, people just call me Malik.

  • Q: How did you get into golf?

    My dad is a passionate golfer. He brought me to the range one day and I loved it!

  • Q: How do you mark your golf ball?

    I make a line on my ball to help me line up.

  • Q: Do you have any siblings, If so, how old?

    I have a sister. Her name is Céleste.

  • Q: What was the last book you read?

    Le Passager from Patrick Senécal in a french class.

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

    I would be nice if it could be Tom Cruise.

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

    I am a pretty good snowboarder.

  • Q: What exercise do you dread the most?

    Pull-ups are the worse!

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

    It was a photo with my friends in a golf tournament.

  • Q: What is the best thing about your hometown?

    It is surrounded by a lake which offers nice views.

  • Q: Do you have any superstitions?

    When I’m playing bad, I change the color of my line on my ball.

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

    I have so many training aids.

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

    “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor

Equipment

Driver: Titleist, TS3
Woods: Titleist, TS3
Irons: Titleist, T100
Wedges: Vokey Design, SM7
Putter: Scotty Cameron
Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Lauren Kim

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Kim makes her debut on the Junior Girls’ Squad as one of four members hailing from British Columbia. The Surrey, B.C. native finished 2nd at the 2020 B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship and T4 at the B.C. Junior Girls Championship. Kim has represented Canada at the 2018 and 2019 World Junior Girls Championships.

Q & A

  • Q: What are some of your nicknames?

    The most common nickname I have is Laur Laur, but I also get called Laur.

  • Q: How did you get into golf?

    We had plastic baby golf clubs in our house and the first time I hit my parent’s new TV, they said “time to go to the range!” Since then, I fell in love with the game.

  • Q: How do you mark your golf ball?

    A blue dot on each side of the Titleist logo, my initials under the number, and a blue line across the ProV1 mark

  • Q: Do you have any siblings? If so, how old?

    I have two younger sisters who are 8 and 11.

  • Q: What was the last book you read?

    Crazy Rich Asians

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

    Gemma Chan or Seo Ye Ji

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

    I can play guitar and apparently, I can rap pretty well in Korean.

  • Q: What exercise do you dread the most?

    Cardio is not my favorite.

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

    A picture of my youngest sister looking like a penguin

  • Q: What is the best thing about your hometown?

    It is peaceful, safe, close to the city, and it is right by the ocean

  • Q: Do you have any superstitions?

    Never open umbrellas indoors, eat pasta and steak at least once during a tournament.

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

    A 4-month-old, half-eaten cliff bar

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

    Depends on my mood but I would choose either “Levitating” by Dua Lipa and DaBaby, or “Kick It” by NCT 127

Equipment

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Katie Cranston

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Cranston joins the Junior Girls Squad as one of two Team Ontario program graduates. The Oakville, Ont. native had a breakout year highlighted by a win at the 2020 Ontario Junior Girls Championship. In 2019, Cranston finished 2nd at the Future Links Ontario Championship and 3rd at the Future Links Fall Series (East).

Q & A

  • Q: What are some of your nicknames?

    My full name is Katherine, but people usually call me Katie.

  • Q: How did you get into golf?

    When I was younger I would always participate in all the sports at school, when I was ten they had a school golf day so without ever touching a club before I did it and loved it.

  • Q: How do you mark your golf ball?

    I put a blue dot on each side of the number.

  • Q: Do you have any siblings?

    I have two older brothers, Iain and Alastair.

  • Q: What was the last book you read?

    I read Catcher in the Rye for school.

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

    I would get Jennifer Lawrence to play me in a movie.

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

    I was born in Finland and grew up in Russia, so I speak Russian.

  • Q: What exercise do you dread the most?

    Push-ups are my least favourite.

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

    The last photo I took on my phone is of Nessie, my puppy.

  • Q: What is the best thing about your hometown?

    Oakville is great because it’s on Lake Ontario and the Oakville Golf Club

  • Q: Do you have any superstitions?

    I always mark my ball in the starters tent.

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

    I have multiple hair brushes in my bag.

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

    “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Equipment

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

JP Parr

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Parr makes his return to the Junior Boys Squad as one of three players hailing from Québec. The St-Célestin native secured a double win at the 2020 Québec Junior and Juvenile Boys Championship. Parr also notched a T12 finish at the 2020 AJGA Junior All-Star Invitational and a 13th place finish at the 2020 Arnold Palmer Junior Invitational.

Q & A

  • Q: What are some of your nicknames?

    I have a couple weird ones but I usually go by JP

  • Q: How did you get into golf?

    I was passing by a golf course when I was about 4 years old and I told my parents that I wanted to try golf. And once I tried it I fell in love.

  • Q: How do you mark your golf ball?

    I always put 2 black dots next to the number and a black line

  • Q: Do you have any siblings, If so, how old?

    I have an older sister named Marie and a younger brother named Charles.

    I have an older sister named Marie and a younger brother named Charles.

  • Q: What was the last book you read?

    The last book I read was The Match: The day the game of golf changed forever by Mark Frost

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

    I don’t know who would play me in a movie, but I would like my life to be narrated by Andre Braugher

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

    I don’t really have any hidden talents but I played Ultimate Frisbee for my school and I was actually really good

  • Q: What exercise do you dread the most?

    I ABSOLUTELY dread the plank

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

    A picture of hole #16 at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland

  • Q: What is the best thing about your hometown?

    The best thing about my hometown is that it’s small and everyone knows everyone

  • Q: Do you have any superstitions?

    I wouldn’t say it’s a superstition but I always mark my ball the same way and I also always use the same ball marker.

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

    I always have a bunch of gloves in my bag (5 to 10) and I also have a mini tripod to film my swing

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

    “Middle Child” by J. Cole

Jennifer Gu

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Gu joins the Junior Girls Squad as one of four members hailing from British Columbia. The West Vancouver, B.C. native won the 2018 Future Links Fall Series (West) and more recently was named champion at the 2020 PGA of BC Junior Championship. Gu also secured top-10 finishes at the 2020 B.C. Junior Amateur Championship, the 2020 B.C. Junior Girls Championship and the 2020 Alberta Junior Girls Championship.

Q & A

  • Q: What are some of your nicknames?

    JGu, Goose, I go by Jenn

  • Q: How did you get into golf?

    My dad introduced it to me when I was 10 he started because of Tiger

  • Q: How do you mark your golf ball?

    A line with the first coloured sharpie I find usually pink or blue

  • Q: Do you have any siblings? If so, how old?

    One brother Jack

  • Q: What was the last book you read?

    Hamlet, for English class

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

    Me

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

    I’m really good at remembering names and faces

  • Q: What exercise do you dread the most?

    Shoulder anything

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

    A sunset

  • Q: What is the best thing about your hometown?

    The diversity of food and the views

  • Q: Do you have any superstitions?

    Believing in superstitions

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

    So much food

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

    “Crazy Rap” by Afroman

Equipment

Irons: Titleist 718 AP2
Wedges: Vokey SM8
Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Hunter Thomson

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Thomson joins the Junior Boys Squad following a notable season that included a win at the 2020 Alberta Junior Boys Championship, a 2nd place finish at the 2020 Alberta Men’s Amateur Championship and reaching the semi-finals at the 2020 Alberta Men’s Match Play Championship. The Calgary native has committed to play golf at the University of Michigan starting in the fall of 2021.

Q & A

  • Q: What are some of your nicknames?

    I have never had any real nicknames but some of my close friends call me Hunt.

  • Q: How did you get into golf?

    When I was 4 years old my dad borrowed the hole-cutter from the Calgary Golf & Country Club and he cut three hole locations with real pins in our backyard. I would spend hours a day hitting whiffle balls back and forth

  • Q: How do you mark your golf ball?

    I put one dot beside each number, then I put three dots over the “Pro V1” line, then three other dots opposite that

  • Q: Do you have any siblings?

    I have four older siblings. Lyn, Jenny, John, and Byron.

  • Q: What was the last book you read?

    Inner Excellence by Jim Murphy

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

    Bradley Cooper

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

    I competitively ski raced for the Banff Alpine Racers before I switched to golf full time

  • Q: What exercise do you dread the most?

    The beep test is borderline torture

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

    A picture of me, post wisdom teeth removal, very puffy cheeks

  • Q: What is the best thing about your hometown?

    The Calgary Stampede every July

  • Q: Do you have any superstitions?

    I don’t have any

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

    A wrench for my Clicgear. It failed me once, so I always keep it in there

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

    “Worst Behaviour” by Drake

Equipment

Wedges: Bob Vokey SM7
Ball: Titleist Pro V1