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Nathan Camacho: From baseball to golf

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 NATHAN Camacho is a powerhouse in baseball, but he is also talented in golf.

During Camacho's years of playing baseball, he would always follow his parents to the driving range where he would hit the golf ball as far as he could every chance he got. Eventually, he grew fond of the sport.

"My dad would take me out to play when he was still a member of the Marianas Golf Association,” he said. Golf, he added, is all in the mind and getting through each hole is just a step-by-step process. "It’s a mental game and the course is laid out with obstacles that you have to beat,” he added.

He is thankful to the local golf community and his family for getting him into the sport. "A lot of golfers have shared with me so much of their knowledge. My uncle JJ Atalig, one of the greatest golfers on island, provided me with a set of clubs and swing lessons at the range."

Joe “Kamikaze” Camacho, Dung Tenorio, Shine Tenorio, Paul Kaipat, Brian Camacho, Ned Norita, and many other golfers have also taught Nathan Camacho so much throughout his golfing experience.

 

Nathan Camacho takes a swing at the LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort. Contributed Photo

He said he also learned a lot from YouTube. "At the end of the day, it's all about applying the lessons learned to see what is right and what will benefit your game,” he added.

Nathan Camacho started playing golf recreationally in 2014. He has joined the Amigos Golf Club, and is now “trying to truly excel in my game.” He added, “It is amazing being on a golf course. It's just a beautiful scenery to begin with.”

He is the May Ace of the Month and has also joined solo and two-scramble tournaments. "I look forward to playing with the skill and mindset that I have now. I believe that my game has developed since 2018,” he said.

"In a sport dominated by older and experienced players, I believe that practicing the right way is very important in this game, which requires a sharp mindset."

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