By Steven Bartolotta, June 21, 2010, 9:49 a.m.
Summertime isn't normally when you hear a lot from college golfers, but North Texas freshman soon to be sophomore's Rodolfo Cazaubon and Carlos Ortiz are staying busy by playing against the pros and other top amateur's.
Cazaubon and Ortiz will tee it up this week in the Nationwide Tour at the Mexican Open at the El Bosque Golf Club down in Mexico.
Cazaubon qualified for the event back in the spring by winning the Mexican Amateur, so it will be interesting to see how he does against possible future PGA Tour members. I hope he does well, but not too good, I don't want him getting any thoughts about turning pro himself at least for a few more years. Either way it's going to be a thrill of a lifetime for him playing in his home country against top professionals as an amateur.
Ortiz meanwhile got an exemption into the event from last year but the whole swine flu epidemic swept the country (he didn't have it), but he will be playing this year.
And speaking of amateur status, Ortiz will spend the next few weeks getting ready for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in North Carolina in July. He qualified for the championship last week with rounds of 70 and 71 in Houston.
Outside of the U. S. Amateur itself, this is the biggest event for amateurs to play in. The tournament is entering its 88th year and has been won by some pretty big names in the past as you can see by its history.
Ortiz will tee it up July 12-17 at Bryan Park.