American Canyon’s Brandon Torres qualified for the July 26-28 Teen World Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina by tying for fifth place in the U.S. Kids Golf California State Invitational on June 25-26 at Rio Hondo Golf Club in Downey.
Playing in the 13-year-old bracket of a tournament for players ages 5-14, Torres shot an impressive 76 in each round for a two-day total of 152.
Torres – who will be an eighth-grader at American Canyon Middle School in the fall – began going to the driving range with his father just one month after his third birthday, using the new golf clubs he got for Christmas.
He would golf four to five times a year with his dad until he turned 5. That was when he picked up a baseball bat and thought he was done with golf. Torres never stopped playing baseball, having played for the American Canyon Rebels travel team since he was 7. His dad took Torres to the driving range only about twice a year, thinking baseball was his calling.
Golf seemed to have taken a backseat to baseball for Torres. But his mom knew differently.
In the summer of 2014, Pamela Torres registered her son for the First Tee program at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club. He was able to go to classes between his baseball practices and three or four baseball tournaments a summer.
Torres played baseball every summer until 2016. He stopped playing baseball because his dad finally took him on the course to play a round of golf, at the advice of all the past instructors at First Tee. Playing from the junior tee boxes at Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park, he shot an 88. To make sure it wasn’t a fluke, his dad took him again the next day and he shot an 87.
The rest is history.
After taking a few lessons and making several more trips to the driving range and golf courses, Torres played in his first U.S. Kids tournament on Oct. 22, 2016 at Lodi’s Lockeford Springs Golf Course and shot an 88. His second tournament was the next day at Concord’s Diablo Creek Golf Course, where he shot an 85.
Torres still plays in baseball tournaments, but now splits time between both sports.
As he prepares for his biggest golf tournament yet, having played his first round just two years ago, his mom is his biggest fan – but Dad is his caddy and next biggest fan.