When cuteness, world-class talent, and grit meet, a young sports enthusiast is out to conquer the world!

Five-year old golfer Rafael Lucas L. De Guzman displayed his playing prowess and secured a spot at the IMG Academy Junior World Championship at the recently concluded qualifiers in Cavite.

In the “6 and under” division, the young athlete scored a total of 239 in the three-day golf tournament. He completed the list of top three finishers along with Sorreen Lee and Kenzo Handog Tan. They are now set to compete and represent the Philippines at the Junior World Championship happening from July 10 to 14 in San Diego, California.

Little Rafael and his collection of medals

Lucas was on a roll! He snagged the top spots in four following golf tournaments he joined.

Lucas is currently a first grader at Kinder Crib whose academic performance is also notable. Well-rounded and a consistent top student, he was accelerated to a higher grade level with his teachers affirming his intelligence and advanced skills.

Golf has been a large part of Lucas’ young life. He has been playing competitively since the age of three and has trained intensively under the guidance of Coach Andre Casimiro. He will be further trained for the upcoming international competition by Coach Toch Altea, coach of Asian Games gold medalist Yoka Saso. 

If he wins in the  US we have no clue as to what’s in store for him after since all the best golfers in the world will be there. We don’t want to expect anything but then again we are certain that he will bring honor for the Philippines and first ever in our family both De Guzman and Lumanog clan compete in the world stage,” proud mom Lue De Guzman shared. 

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She added, “I’m very proud of everything my son has accomplished at such a young age. At five years old, I already see how dedicated he is to developing his skills. Beyond the medals and trophies, I’m most proud of seeing how he has this innate drive to become the best he can be. His father and I are as proud as we can be and we will continue to support his golf journey in any way we can.”