Augusta, what a great name for a golfer! What do your friends and fellow players call you?
My nickname is Gus. I have had that nickname since I was a kid and it’s just a short form of my name but that’s what everyone calls me, even after just meeting me once.

Canadian women’s golf is really on a roll at the moment producing great players like you and of course Brooke and Brittany Henderson. Where’s your base at home?
I play out of the Loyalist Golf Course in Bath, Ontario Canada. On top of it being in awesome shape, it is a great course because the two nine holes are very different and therefore require some different shots. The people at this course are amazing and so supportive, it makes me excited to go out there and practice each day surrounded by people who care.

Augusta James Womens Golf Symetra Tour ProfileWho has been the biggest influence on your golf and how have they helped you?
I have lots of people who have really helped me get to this level. To name, a few would be Tristan Mullally, Karen Jansen, Cathy Sherk and Paige Marsh. On top of the list though are my family. My parents have given me everything to get to this level and my grandparents spent a lot of time getting me to events as a junior. Without my family, I wouldn’t be here today.

What club do you feel most confident with?
My favorite club in the bag is my driver. I am very consistent with it and therefore I can manipulate the shot I need with it and still feel comfortable.

So far in the 2016 season, Augusta has hit 88.24% of fairways and is ranked No.2 for driving accuracy on tour.

If you could only play one course for the rest of your life, which one would it be and why?
I have yet to play Augusta National but that would be my pick ! I have only heard amazing things about the course and the conditions and I love the look of their practice facilities. Plus it’s the course/tournament I am named after so that’s cool!

augusta-james-putterWhat aspect of your game are you working on at the moment? 
Currently, I am working on my putting. I have always been a pretty consistent putter but this year it hasn’t been the strongest part of my game. While my stroke is still in a good place I am working on my mental game specifically with confidence. To combat this I am currently trying to make at least ten putts from ten feet full routine before I leave the green each day. Seeing the ball roll into the hole each time is the simplest way to help with confidence for me.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned from playing on the Symetra Tour?
The Symetra Tour has taught me the importance of each shot since now it has a dollar amount equivalent to it. I have also learned that while the goal is to graduate to the LPGA Tour, you have to be “ready” to move up. By that, I mean being consistent and competing each week on the Symetra Tour before you’re ready to do so on the LPGA

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Marlene Stewart Streit

Golfer/sportsperson you admire the most and why?
The golfer I most admire is Marlene Streit, the first Canadian inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. She is not only a great golfer to this day, she is a fierce competitor. She knows what she wants and how she wants to achieve it and doesn’t let anyone or anything get in her way. There is a lot to be learned from someone with the resume she has and the grit she shows every day.

Thank you for paying tribute to such an important Canadian golfer and influence on the game.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned from playing on the Symetra Tour?
The Symetra Tour has taught me the importance of each shot since now it has a dollar amount equivalent to it. I have also learned that while the goal is to graduate to the LPGA Tour, you have to be “ready” to move up. By that, I mean being consistent and competing each week on the Symetra Tour before you’re ready to do so on the LPGA

What do you consider your biggest golf accomplishment to this point?
Winning the 2015 Chico Patty Berg Memorial, Winning the Canadian Amateur, and competing for Canada at two World Amateur Championships.

What are your goals for the remainder of this season?
With only three events left I want to finish strong and be in the top ten at the end of the year graduating to the LPGA.

Thank you, Gus! Good luck with the rest of the season and we really look forward to your big future career in golf.


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