Jaramillo the second-youngest to compete
The 14-year-old will tee it up at the Club Colombia Championship
February 04, 2016
By Kevin Prise, PGATOUR.COM
- February 04, 2016
- Esteban Jaramillo, 14, won a qualifier to compete at the Club Colombia Championship.
What were you doing at age 14?
If Esteban Jaramillo gets asked that question later in life, he’ll have an easy response. He can say he teed it up in a Web.com Tour event.
Less than two weeks ago, Jaramillo won a qualifying tournament at Bogota Country Club to earn a spot in this week’s Club Colombia Championship Presented by Claro at the same course. Players under age 21 were eligible for the qualifier, according to local media reports, so Jaramillo bested some significantly older competition in order to play his way into the field.
The Bogota resident becomes the youngest male to compete in a Web.com Tour event. The youngest person to compete was Michelle Wie at the 2003 Albertsons Boise Open (13 years, 11 months, 7 days).
Jaramillo isn’t sure how things will pan out this week at the 7,237-yard, par-71 Bogota CC layout. But he knows that he’ll be better off for the experience.
“From the time I stand on No. 1 tee, whether it’s done in 95 or 70 strokes, this experience will be unique and will leave me many lessons,” Jaramillo told Golf Channel Latinoamerica. “I’m very happy. The truth is that from now on, I’ll gain from everything I do.”
The 14-year, 11-month-old Jaramillo said he began to focus on golf at age 9, at the expense of soccer and tennis, although he still enjoys playing those sports occasionally. He won the Faldo Series Colombia last year, among other local events, and said he looks up to Rory McIlroy.
In the qualifier, Jaramillo was four strokes behind on the 10th hole, but rallied for a two-stroke victory. Now he’ll hope to maintain the momentum against a world-class field.
At the very least, he’ll always be able to answer that first question.
Information from Golf Channel Latinoamerica was used in this report.