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This Postal Police officer has met many VIPs while playing golf

A man wearing a dark shirt and light shorts stands on a golf course holding a golf club.
Cesar Guerrero, a Postal Police officer, takes a break from his favorite pastime.

My name is Cesar Guerrero and I’m a Postal Police officer and U.S. Army reservist in Los Angeles.

I started my USPS career in 2001, left to join the Army, and then came back in 2006 before joining the Postal Inspection Service in 2015. I’ve been interested in law enforcement since I was a kid.

I work from 2 to 10:30 p.m. When I’m not on the clock, I’m playing golf.

Before my 5-year-old daughter and 4-month-old son came along, I would golf three or four times a week. I usually have a 6 a.m. tee time at my local course. Here in California, the weather is almost always perfect.

I started playing in 2000. I would just play — or try to play — but I really got into it in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each time you play, you challenge yourself. You’re competing with other people, but you are also competing with yourself because you’re always trying to lower your score. You try to better yourself with every shot. That’s what the game is all about.

I take my daughter with me. She loves putting, playing in the sand pits and riding around in the golf cart. I’m trying to get my wife into the game, too.

I volunteer with several veterans’ golf groups and I’ve met a few celebrities.

At one event, I met a golfer named Felix Giles. We were talking about golf, and he said, “Do you know who I am?”

I did not.

Turns out he’s a famous NASCAR driver called “Nighthawk.” We still keep in contact.

I have also played with football great Sam Pagano, and I’ve met Tiger Woods, Tony Finau, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth, Tommy Fleetwood and Rory Mcllroy.

Golf has its physical demands. You’re walking about 4 to 6 miles, depending on the course. It helps improve cardiovascular health, coordination and flexibility.

But I really enjoy being out in the open and socializing with people. I love golf.

“Off the Clock,” a column on Postal Service employees and their after-hours pursuits, appears regularly in Link.