Canada Day: Catching Up With Tristan Mandur
July 1 commemorates the joining of Canada's original three provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Canada Province, which is now Ontario and Quebec) as one nation in 1867.
The Utah men's golf program has one student-athletes from Canada, Tristan Mandur, who grew up in Mill Bay, British Columbia, a small town on Vancouver Island. Mandur came to Salt Lake City in 2017 as a freshman and made an immediate impact. As he is set to enter his senior season in 2020-21, Mandur has competed in 29 events for the Utes.
Q: What was it like growing up in Mill Bay?
A: I had a great experience growing up in Mill bay as I had opportunities to play every sport as they were all close by. I had Arbutus Ridge Golf Course, and Kerry Park Arena very close to my house, so I could play hockey and golf. Mill bay is not a large town and you would run into people you knew almost every time you went out.
Q: What kinds of activities would you do with your family when you were younger?
A: We would go to Bamberton Beach a lot as a family and go on bike rides.
Q: Being near the water, what kind of water activities are your favorite?
A: I really enjoy just being on something to float on and drift out, plus I really like tubing.
Q: Where are your favorite places to travel in Canada and why?
A: My favorite place to travel in Canada is firstly Niagara Falls in Ontario, and then it would be St. JohNewfoundland. This is because these places are really unique and have awesome views.
Q: When did you make the decision that you wanted to play college golf and why did you choose the U.S.?
A: I made the decision I wanted to play college golf when I was around 13 years old and wanted to focus on golf as my main sport. I chose the U.S. because sports in general are larger in the U.S., especially golf, and I felt it would be great opportunity to improve my game.
Q: What have been some of the biggest differences between living in Canada compared to the U.S.?
A: One difference was some of the terms they used, for example, in my first couple of months living in the U.S. I kept saying washroom but no one knew what that meant, so I adjusted to saying restroom or bathroom.
Q: When you are in season, what things do you miss most about Canada?
A: Definitely my family, friends, and dog back home. I also miss all the sushi options that are close by.
Q: Being from another country, what has your experience been like at Utah and would you consider it a home away from home?
A: My experience in Utah has been unreal. I have really adjusted to living there and I would definitely consider it a home away from home.