February 2, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Roberto Castro watches his tee shot on the third hole during the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Brother of Charlotte 49ers junior golfer shoots 63 on first day of TPC


Roberto Castro tied the course record at Sawgrass with a 9-under 63 on the first day of THE PLAYERS Championship in Florida yesterday. What does that have to do with the Charlotte 49ers? Turns out his younger brother, Franco, is a junior on the Niner golf team.

Roberto, an Alpharetta, GA native, played his collegiate golf at Georgia Tech, where he garnered All-America first team honors in 2005 to go along with honorable mention appearances in 2004 and 2006. His career ended in 2007 with the Byron Nelson Award, given annually to the best senior golfer in the country. By the way, his 63 yesterday? Only two other golfers (you may have heard of them) have shot that on Sawgrass–Fred Couples in 1992 and Greg Norman in 1994.

Franco just joined the Niners after transferring from LSU before the year began and has made an immediate impact. Regarded as one of the top recruits in the country coming out of high school, he’s tied with Braeden Cryderman for the lowest average score (73.4) on the team and has two top-five finishes to his credit. His low was a 64, shot on the final day of the Pacific Invitational in October.

There’s a third golfing Castro brother as well. Alex, the second-born, played at Georgia State from 2007-2011. And it runs beyond their immediate family as well: Jenny Lidback, their aunt, played on the LPGA Tour for 17 years and won the 1995 du Maurier Classic (then a major).

How will Roberto fare the rest of the way? We’ll find out–and we know Franco will be watching closely as well. By the way, Franco and his teammates head to Columbus, Ohio for NCAA Regionals, which begin on Thursday.

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