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Camacho made a name for himself on the links

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By Paul Gable

If it wasn't for a bad day at the swimming pool, Michael Camacho may never of found his way across the parking lot at Eagle Creek Country Club to the golf course.

"I've been a lifelong member to Eagle Creek. One day when I was little, I got swimmer's ear and didn't want to go swimming. Instead, I went to the golf course, and I've been hooked ever since," Camacho said.

The injury was a blessing in disguise for Camacho as he became a member of the Grant County High School boys' golf team, which at the time was coached by Fred Money. Four different times during his career, the Braves advanced to the state tournament, with their best finish being second Camacho's senior year. In addition, GCHS won three regional championships and finished as runner-ups once.

"In 1994, all five of our golfers went on to play college golf," said Camacho, who was a student at GCHS from 1991-1995.

Money said Camacho was on "one of the best Grant County teams in history" during his playing career.

"He was a major part of the teams that won the region and the team that finished second at state. Michael was an outstanding team member, who always put the team first. He was an outstanding player who developed nicely," Money said.

After drawing attention from several colleges, Camacho decided to attend Kentucky State University, historically a black college.

"They contacted me. They offered me a scholarship. It was an awesome experience and I made a good choice," Camacho said.

During his tenure at Kentucky State, Camacho helped them capture the National Minority Championship as a junior and a runner-up finish his senior year.

While a student at GCHS and KSU, Camacho followed in his father's footsteps, becoming both an official and coach.

"As soon as I got out of high school, I began officiating games," Camacho said.

Camacho cut his coaching teeth as an assistant golf coach at GCHS, but he became a head coach at Owen County High School.

"Graham Murray taught me a lot about coaching. He coached basketball," said Camacho, who taught at Owen County, along with serving the Rebels as the head golf and junior varsity baseball coach.

Several years ago, Camacho came back to Grant County, where he teaches history at Grant County Middle School and coaches sixth grade girls' basketball.

"I love the county and the people. This is home," Camacho said.

Where Are They Now? is a series in which former Grant County and Williamstown athletes and coaches revist their days on the athletic surface as well as where life has taken them.