Circle Christian's Timothy Colanta has wide range of interests beyond golf course

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Facing a pressure shot, Circle Christian golfer Timothy Colanta remains calm.Approaching his ball, he breaks into song - well, a quiet hum - to settle his nerves. The song he chooses isn't something many golfers would pick. His song of choice: the third movement of Vivaldi's Concerto in A minor. It is a favorite piece to play on his violin.


"It can be therapeutic at times," said Colanta, a rising senior for the Centurions and one of the area's top junior golfers. "If I am in a pressure situation, l will start humming it.

"I have heard my friends and teammates humming songs, but not violin songs. Some of them actually rap while they are playing."

Colanta's wide range of interests run from golf, to violin, to taekwondo.

After starting out playing the piano, he switched to the violin and has been playing for 12 years. He also is a taekwondo expert and soon will test for his fourth-degree black belt. He once was in the U.S. Junior Olympic program and trained with 1992 Olympic coach D.K. Park in Jersey City, N.J.

He continues to practice taekwondo, but has given up serious competition in favor of the tees-to-greens sport.

"It was derailed by a series of broken bones that weren't good for me playing golf," said Colanta, who has committed to the University of Maryland's golf program.

Circle Christian boys coach Scott Richardson said Colanta's outside interests are among the most unusual he has encountered.

"Most of the kids on the golf team have other interests but they usually include video games or basketball," Richardson said. "His interests are certainly different. We have had some [other players] who have played the guitar. We did have one kid who was interested in theater.

"But I can't recall any who were classically trained on the violin and also did martial arts."

Last fall, Colanta finished tied for second at the Class 1A state golf championship and earned a spot on the Sentinel's all-area team. Two weeks ago, he won the 16-18 age division in the North Florida Junior PGA Championship qualifier at Reunion Resort with an 11-under-par 133 for 36 holes. That earned him a spot later this month in the Junior PGA Championship in Texas.

He also won the American Junior Golf Association's stop in St. Louis earlier this summer.

Colanta's golf game benefits from his other interests.

"Taekwondo has definitely helped me physically and mentally," Colanta said. "Violin helps me with my coordination."

His interests are not well known to his teammates.

"To be honest, I don't know much about his activities outside of golf," said teammate Parker Manson, who will be a junior. "I know that he is very committed to whatever he does and gives it his full effort."

Colanta was born in Boston but his family's musical roots reach back to the Philippines. His great-uncle was a concert violinist in the Philippines. His great-grandfather composed music, his grandmother was a concert pianist and both his parents play piano. He has been teaching his 11-year-old brother to play the violin for four years.

Singing to calm nerves during competition isn't unusual.

"I remember back when Orel Hershiser [the former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher] used to sing hymns on the mound to calm down," Richardson said. "It worked for him, and it is working for Tim." (Article sent in by Nestor Palugod Enriquez)







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