It took Derek Castillo only a few seconds to pull out his cell phone after he turned in his scorecard at Mission Viejo Country Club. For the next two hours, he was glued to the live scoring, watching names move up and down the leaderboard.
Castillo, 19, wasn’t concerned about what was happening at his qualifying tournament. He just carded a 1-under-par 70, and he knew when that was combined with the 64 he posted earlier in the day, he would earn a six-stroke victory and a tee time in the U.S. Amateur Championship, which begins Monday at Riviera and Bel Air country clubs.
His thoughts were some 40 miles away in Chino Hills. That’s where his brother Ricky was playing in another qualifier at Western Hills Country Club.
Ricky had carded an even-par 72 and a 68 in his two rounds, which put him in first place for the time being. But it was still way too early to celebrate. A lot of good guys were still on…