By David Grossman
Brandon Ng is adamant about his future – just ask him.
“I want to be a Canadian on the PGA Tour and play for Canada at the Olympics,” says Ng, optimistic and determined to reach his career goals after graduating with honors from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.
“I have worked so hard, so long and spent so much time, there’s no turning back now.”
Ng was eight years old when, with his father, they started hitting golf balls at a range in Toronto.
“There was something special about golf back then, and even more so now,” says Ng, who was a former Ontario high school golf champ in 2009 and 2010 while attending Upper Canada College. “Golf demands perfection, it’s physically challenging and there is a strong mental component.”
In 2009, he won both the Canadian and Ontario Juvenile titles.
Ng progressed in the sport as a teen and even before graduation day at UCC, his name was on the list of more than 20 National Collegiate Athletic Association schools offering various forms of scholarships.
Michigan and Duke were attractive, but he chose Wake Forest, a private independent school – one of the top golf programs in the United States and winner of three national titles with 19 Conference championships.
“I turned pro so golf is now seven days a week – training, practising and competing,” says Ng, who also enjoyed playing hockey and was a former captain of the UCC under-14 squad that won the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association title.
While in Grades 11 and 12, Ng was selected to Canada’s Junior Development team and has also been a member of the Golf Association of Ontario’s provincial squad. He finished seventh at the 2010 Junior World Championship and that same year qualified for both the U.S. Amateur and the US Junior Amateur.
“Some of my most memorable times were the days at UCC,” he says, “the House meetings, getting together with a group of guys, making friends for life and benefitting from a great education.”