I Am An Olympian: Emiliano Grillo
This 23-year-old PGA Tour winner from Argentina's next goal is to win Olympic gold in his native South America.
Released on 8/4/2016
My first memory of golf is the first time
that I picked up a club.
You know, I was five years old
and my dad took me and I still remember my coach
back then, and where I was hitting from
and who I was hitting with.
It's a nice memory that I have.
My dad introduced me to golf
and you know, he was the biggest supporter
I've ever had.
My dad was more of a intelligent side of things,
stick to school, and my mom was more like
can't wait to do this, wait to do that,
so you can keep progressing.
So on the weekdays we would go and play us three
and that's why, I think that's why I stick to golf
when I was little and I had a lot friends
and stuff like that so it was nice.
I was like 12 years old, I shot 60, 70, 80,
I mean, I went from like 72, 71, to 67
and I was like a four, three handicap back then,
so it was a pretty big thing.
And I even have a picture of that score card and everything.
Yeah, when I moved with my mom
back then the relationship between my mother
and my dad wasn't that great so it was a good opportunity
for her as well to start a new life
and for me to keep growing.
And you know it wasn't that hard because
it was what I wanted to do for my life,
I wanted to play golf and so that way
I will stay more in school and not miss
that many classes, and you know,
I think it was a very smart move.
Spend two, three years there and you know,
I really like there.
I used to play eight hours of golf
and I didn't get that before.
Yeah, IMG scholarship came when I was like 14.
You know, I wasn't really interested in it.
It was completely different of what I was used to
but with time I kept going more often
and more often and not for full time
but between tournaments and before tournaments
and stuff like that, and you know it was a lot of
good experience and I learned to be, you know,
by myself and travel and just do anything
that I needed to do just by myself.
The Olympics, it's a very big deal.
Back in Argentina, you don't see every year
so when it comes on TV everybody's,
you know, everybody's watching,
everybody has their own favorite sport
and then they watch it of course.
Yeah, I know a lot of guys are pulling out,
like I say, I'm 100% committed to it.
It's a once in a life opportunity after 112 years.
Nowadays very hard to place a gold medal
in compared to other tournaments.
I think it's because it was the first time
that we have them but I mean, I'm looking at more for,
from now to 50 years or 20 in addition from now,
it's going to be everybody wants to have
that one in their resume and say I have a gold medal.
So being the first one will be really, really nice
and I can scratch it off my bucket list.