Tech golf team's annual fund-raiser draws PGA Tour alumni
Castro, Cink, Hadley, Kuchar and Tringale vie for final major at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky.
Castro, Hadley, Kuchar, Tringale join past champions Cink, Duval at Royal Liverpool
Past champion Larry Mize to compete in season's first major along with Castro, Cink and Kuchar
Only three NCAA institutions have two alumni in the 30-player field
One of the nation's top collegiate players for four straight years, as well as an outstanding student and leader, was one of the most successful golfers in Tech's tradition of outstanding players ... Earned All-America recognition and a spot on the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team each year. ... Won the 2007 Byron Nelson Award, given to the nation's top senior golfer ... Also a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America and GCAA All-America Scholar, and an Academic All-ACC selection for four years ... Served on the Georgia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Board and was active in the community, including Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and the Michael Isenhour Toy Drive ... Graduated May 5, 2007, with highest honor in Industrial Engineering ... Twice named to the United States team for the Palmer Cup ... Had 30 top-20 finishes in 47 stroke-play events during his Tech career, 20 of those in the top-10 ... Missed playing in only one event in his Tech career (2005 Hooters Match Play) ... Finished his career with a four-year stroke average of 71.89, the fourth-best mark in Tech history, over 144 rounds.
2006-07: Named a second-team All-American, giving him All-American recognition all four years at Tech ... Co-winner of the 2007 Byron Nelson Award, given to the nation's top graduating senior golfer ... First-team Academic All-American and a GCAA All-America Scholar for the second time ... One of four Tech recipients of the 2007 Weaver-James-Corrigan Post-Graduate Scholarship Award given by the ACC each year ... 2007 recipient of the Total Person Award, the highest honor given by the Georgia Tech Athletic Association for excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and service ... Also among the "Peach of an Athlete" honorees sponsored by the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America (recognizes collegiate and professional athletes who are positive role models) ... CoSIDA Academic All-American for the second time ... Made the biggest jump of any Tech player from the end of the fall to the spring in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, rising to No. 14 in the final rankings ... Had six consecutive top-10 finishes prior to his tie for 27th at the NCAA East Regional ... Tied for 2nd at the UH-Hilo Invitational with a season-low score of 199, then captured the first title of his collegiate career next time out at the Puerto Rico Classic ... Went 18-under-par combined for the two events, and was an aggregate 6-under-par for 16 spring rounds ... Had a 71.22 stroke average for the spring, second on the team, and 71.77 for the entire year, second on the team and third in the ACC ... Finished just two shots out of the lead at Isleworth, four at UH-Hilo and five at the ACC Championship ... Counted for the team in every spring round, 33 of 35 for the year ... Had six rounds in the 60s and 15 at par or better.
2005-06: Named All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the third time, and was named to the inaugural All-ACC Academic golf team ... Named a GCAA All-America Scholar and a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America ... Honorable mention All-America by the GCAA ... Named to the United States team for the Palmer Cup for the second straight year ... Played consistently well in the fall, posting four top-20 finishes in four events, including a third-place showing at the Ping/Golfweek Preview Classic (8-under-par 208), his best finish of the year ... Posted a team-high seven top-20 finishes overall ... Battled a balky driver in the spring, posting only three top-20 finishes (T5 at the UH-Hilo Intercollegiate, T20 at Southern Highlands, T16 at ACC Championship) ... Shot 3-under 213 (72-70-71) at ACC Championship, playing irons off tees on many of the par 4s and 5s in the final two rounds ... Ranked ninth in the ACC for the year at 73.08 ... Ranked No. 54 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index ... Tied for 11th at the Jerry Pate National and the Isleworth-UCF Invitational, and tied for 12th at the Carpet Capital Collegiate ... Was awarded the Bobby Dodd Scholarship for 2006-07, given to Tech's top male and female student-athletes each year.
2004-05: First-team All-American by the GCAA, the ninth Tech player to achieve that honor ... All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the second straight year ... Third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American ... Finished the year No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index among collegiate players, the highest-ranked ACC player ... His third-place finish at the NCAA Championship was the second-highest finish of his career ... Had more wins and a better winning percentage than any other golfer in the ACC against top 100 players (257-90-21), as well as the most against top 25 players (76-46-7) and top 50 players (138-68-13) ... Tied for 10th to lead Tech at the NCAA East Regional, closing with a 65 that included seven birdies and was one shot off his career low round ... Tied for fourth at the ACC Championship ... Posted eight top-10 finishes (10 top-20s) in 12 events, and had four finishes of a tie for fourth or higher in seven spring events ... Was Tech's top finisher in five of eight spring events ... Tied for fourth at the Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate with a 17-under-par score of 199 ... Also tied for third at the Oregon Duck Invitational ... Carried the team's and the ACC's top stroke average at 70.84, the sixth-lowest average in Tech history ... Averaged 70.80 in 25 spring rounds ... Led the team in rounds in the 60s (15) and rounds under par (19) ... Had three top-10s in the fall, including a tie for 10th at the Preview Invitational and a fourth-place finish at the Isleworth Collegiate ... Went 3-1 in the Hooters Match Play, including a win over No. 3-ranked Matthew Rosenfeld of Texas ... Played for the United States in the Palmer Cup matches in June.
2003-04: All-Atlantic Coast Conference and ACC Rookie of the Year ... Honorable mention All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America ... Stroke average of 71.86 was second on the team and sixth-best in the ACC ... Averaged 72.36, third on the team, over 25 spring rounds, 70.73 over 11 fall rounds ... Posted Tech's best stroke average (71.67) in the final round of tournaments, including a 67 at the Ping/Golfweek Preview and a 69 at the ACC Championship ... Tech's top performer in the NCAA East Regional, tying for ninth place ... Finished in a tie for 36th at the NCAA Championship at The Homestead Resort ... Had six top-20 finishes (four top-10 finishes) in 12 events for the year ... Top performance was his second-place finish at the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate in the fall ... Tied for 9th at the Preview at The Homestead in September ... Best spring finish was a tie for seventh at the Western Intercollegiate (2-over-par 212) ... Tied for 11th at the ACC Championship ... Counted for the team in 33 of 36 rounds played ... Ranked No. 39 in the nation according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index..
ACC Championship experience: Tied for 4th in 2005, tied for 6th in 2007 and never finished lower than his tie for 16th in 2006 ... Aggregate 8-under-par in 12 rounds with a stroke average of 71.33.
NCAA Championship experience: Aggregate stroke average of 73.27 in 15 NCAA Championship rounds, 71.67 in 12 NCAA regional rounds ... T-44 at the 2004 NCAA Championship in Hot Springs, Va. (14-over-par 294) ... T-9 at the 2004 East Regional in New Haven, Conn. (2-over-par 212) ... 3rd at the 2005 NCAA Championship in Owings, Mills, Md. (1-under-par 279), three shots off the lead ... T-10 at the 2005 East Regional at Kingston Springs, Tenn. (6-under-par 207), closing with a 65 that included seven birdies ... 153rd at the 2006 NCAA Championship at Sunriver, Ore. (23-over 239) ... T-30 at the 2006 Central Regional at Chardon, Ohio (7-over-par 220) ... T-27 at the 2007 East Regional in Alpharetta, Ga. (5-over-par 221) ... T-46 at the 2007 NCAA Championship in Williamsburg, Va. (7-over 287).
Amateur/Junior Highlights: 2006: Reached the round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur, playing 49 holes at 3-under-par in his three matches ... Played on the U.S. Palmer Cup team for the second straight year ... 2005: Captain of the United States team in the Palmer Cup matches in June at Whistling Straits, going 3-1 in his matches to help pace the USA to a 14-10 victory over Europe ... Finished third at the Players Amateur ... Fourth in the Jones Cup Invitational at Sea Island ... 2004: Tied for 28th place in the stroke-play portion of the U.S. Amateur, then lost to Tech teammate Nicholas Thompson in the first round of match play (2 and 1) ... Tied for 18th at the Southern Amateur in Ooltewah, Tenn. ... 2003: Fourth-place finish at the Dogwood Invitational ... Tied for seventh in stroke play at the North and South Amateur, before reaching the second round of match play in the event ... Finished tied for eighth at the Southern Amateur ... 2002: An honorable mention Polo Golf AJGA All-American ... Member of the East Canon Cup team ... 2001: Third-team Polo Golf AJGA All-American ... Captured the 2001 AJGA Greater Greensboro Chrysler Junior title with a score of 72-69-71-212 ... Member of the East Canon Cup team ... 2000: An honorable mention Polo Golf AJGA All-American.
High School: Lettered for four years under coach Dave Burnett at Milton High School ... Led Milton to a pair of Georgia Class 5A runner-up team finishes (2000 & 2002), while capturing the state individual title in 2002 ... Named Georgia State High School Player of the Year in 2002 ... A solid student-athlete, was a member of the National Spanish Honor Society and a member of Milton's Honor Roll for four years.
Personal: Full name is Roberto Mario Castro ... Born June 23, 1985 ... Parents are Alberto and Annie Castro.
Collegiate Tournament Results
Low round: 64, Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate (-8), 2nd round, 2004
+standing through 54 holes (Tech missed cut)