• Junior golfer Granada tells of his love of the sport


    At 12, Sean Dominique Granada is already an accomplished golfer with numerous international golf awards under his name including the US Kids Australian Open Boys’ under-12 division title, which he won last January in Australia.

    Sean Dominique Granada hoists two of the many trophies he had won as a junior golfer. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Granada named his victories at the US Kids and Veritas World as his most memorable.

    “Having friends and getting to know each other,” he said of why he loves competition.

    At his young age, Granada is dead serious in perfecting his sport, “I practice everyday in City golf and if I don’t practice (in the driving range), I swing hundred times a day.”

    He augments his driving range practice with swimming to keep fit. “It is part of my cardio exercises.”

    Granada started playing golf at the tender age of four. “My grandfather Vic inspired me to play golf because he is a golf coach. I just watched him and became interested.”

    Granada is now preparing for a number of overseas tournaments, which include the Kids Tour Series in El Cajon, California on July 1, the FCG 10th International Junior Golf Championship in San Marcos, California on July 2 to 7, and the US Junior World Golf Championship on August 3 to 5 in North Carolina.

    “As long as you like the sports and as long as you love it, think you can play it. I don’t believe that only rich people can play golf,” Granada said on the common perception that golf is an “elitist” sport.

    Granada, who named Tiger Woods and fellow Filipino Miguel Tabuena as his favorite golfers, has set a lofty goal for himself. “I want to play in the PGA someday and represent the country in the Olympics someday,” he said.


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