BERTHOUD, Colo. — High Point University men’s golfer Christian Castillo made history on Monday (July 5) by becoming the first golfer in the Division I era of HPU golf to qualify for an event on either the PGA or Korn Ferry Tours.
The rising redshirt sophomore Monday qualified for the Korn Ferry Tour’s TPC Colorado Championship at TPC Colorado in Berthoud, Colorado, by shooting a six-under 66 to finish third among individuals attempting to qualify. A total of 103 golfers were in the field, with the top four securing a spot in the tournament’s field this weekend.
“This is a huge opportunity for Christian and shows why you have to go test yourself in that atmosphere,” HPU men’s golf head coach Brady Gregor said. “He continues to believe in himself and what we are doing here at High Point. The experience he will get from this is second to none and he’ll get even better from it.”
Castillo finished tied for the second-most holes under par in the qualifying round thanks to six birdies and an eagle and was one of just three golfers in the field with seven red numbers on the card. He was one of four golfers to record an eagle in the round and was the only golfer to put a three on the card on the par-5 seventh. Castillo hopped on the birdie train early with three-in-a-row on holes 2-4 before his first of two bogeys of the day occurred on the sixth. He immediately bounced back with his eagle on the next before making the turn at three-under after a bogey on nine.
That was his final blemish of the day as he had a stretch of three birdies in a four-hole span in the middle of the back that powered him to a qualifying spot. Two of the three birdies on the back came on the par-5s, as did his first birdie on the front, to put him at five-under on the long holes – the lowest score of the day on the par-5s.
The first round of the TPC Colorado Championship begins Thursday (July 8). After the second round on Friday (July 9), the field is cut to the top 65 and ties to play the final two rounds of the weekend. Tee times have not yet been announced and are typically available the day before the competition begins. The Korn Ferry Tour is the developmental tour for the PGA Tour and is seen as the primary pathway for those seeking to gain PGA Tour status. The tour features golfers that have not yet reached the PGA Tour or did not earn enough FedEx Cup points from the previous season to remain at the PGA level.