ILOILO – Before he stepped on the hardwood for his homecoming and All-Star debut, Kiefer Ravena navigated the greens at the old Sta. Barbara golf club.
The NLEX rookie sensation woke up early and snuck in a round of golf with TNT coach Nash Racela and national team manager Butch Antonio on Sunday morning ahead of the third leg of the PBA All-Star week between the Visayas squad against Gilas Pilipinas.
Sta. Barbara, now called Iloilo Golf and Country Club, happens to be the oldest golf in the country, having been founded in 1907.
“Relax lang. Minsan lang tayo nandito eh,” Ravena said. “Sta. Barbara golf course is the oldest golf course and just playing in it is tradition itself already, such history with a golf course itself. Kumbaga, ito yung St. Andrews natin dito sa Pilipinas eh.”
“So going here, having the opportunity to play here in front of my kababayan na Ilonggo, and I (was) happy to play with the golfers here in the PBA community,” he added.
Ravena started this hobby a year and half ago.
“For me, it’s the most relaxing yet frustrating sport, kasi one hole you can score, makapag birdie, next hole double bogey, triple bogey sasabog ka,” the 24-year-old cager said. “It’s all about focus and I use it to focus also. Cause it’s just you and the ball eh.”
“Very relaxing siya kaya naengganyo ako sa golf. Different environment,” he added. “‘Di yung maingay at puro mga salita salita like sa basketball practice.”
Asked what his score was, Ravena hesitated, before answering.
“Pangit…94,” the former Ateneo star said laughing.
Good thing, he has a promising pro career as a basketball player.