When I was about 12 years old, I started playing golf. It began because my uncle Russell was playing the game, and I was curious about it. So, when I would go to the batting cages, I would grab a small bucket and a P.O.S. (I didn’t know that at the time) rented driver and hit a bucket.
That turned into four 30-minute lessons that built the foundation of learning the golf swing that works for me over the next 20 years. However, I took up the game simply because I realized I was way better at hitting golf balls than baseballs…or soccer balls. And there wasn’t an exhausting amount of running involved.
So I completely understand how 6-year-old Owen Torrecilla feels about golf.
Torrecilla was recently at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina playing the No. 3 course when he asked his caddie Hilary McLaurin if he had ever seen a hole-in-one on the course. McLaurin said he hadn’t. About five minutes later, McLaurin had, as Torrecilla made an ace at the par-3 seventh hole, sending Torrecilla racing to the green to get the ball.
Afterward, the folks at Pinehurst asked Torrecilla, who began learning the game four years ago, why it’s so appealing to him.
The answer made a lot of sense.
He said, “You don’t have to worry about someone sneaking up and tackling you.”
Unless you’re Bob Barker, but that’s another conversation.