His three wins came at the annual signature event conducted by GOLF PR, The Island Championships, followed by the Michelob Ultra Golf Tour Match Play Championship and the season-ending Michelob Ultra Golf Tour Championship by carding rounds of 69, 67 and 73 for a 4-under finish on the Ocean Course at Rio Mar Country Club.
Saavedra, who spoke via phone shortly after landing in Boston today to finish the remaining two weeks of the semester, said, “I haven’t had the chance to reflect on what I did golf-wise these past six months or so. As soon as the semester is over, I’ll immediately fly home to Puerto Rico, and at some point, when I'm with my family and friends back on the Island, It’ll surely hit me.
Attending college has its natural challenges. Juggling college life as a student-athlete is even harder. Add a mini golf tour, sprinkle a few international invitationals, and it's borderline lunacy. “I have a great support system at school. My classmates, friends, teammates, and coaches have helped me, which speaks to the overall culture at Harvard, and I like that a lot. As Coach always reminds us, school is first, and golf is second.
While in Puerto Rico, Saavedra will practice and prepare at the host site of the 2023 Latin America Amateur Championship and the 2023 PGA TOUR Puerto Rico Open, Grand Reserve Golf Club. Familiar faces will surround him. Longtime Puerto Rico Junior National Team coach and Head Pro at Grand Reserve, Eduardito Figueroa, and current Korn Ferry Tour player Rafa Campos.
Soon afterward, fellow countryman and playing in the 2023 LAAC, Jero Esteve, will join him in preparing himself for the LAAC.