Quick Out of the Gate

Former Castle Pines resident Esteban Toledo opens with 66 at final stage of PGA Tour Champions Q-school

By Gary Baines – 12/7/2021

Former Castle Pines resident Esteban Toledo has won four times on PGA Tour Champions, but he played in just 18 tournaments over the last two years combined.

So with an eye toward regaining fully-exempt status on the Champions circuit, Toledo is teeing it up this week in the final stage of Q-school, where the top five finishers will earn their 2022 cards.

And it’s so far, so good for the former Coloradan. Toledo shot a 5-under-par 66 and shares third place after Tuesday’s opening round of the Q-school finals in Lutz, Fla. 

Toledo carded a 6-under 29 on the front nine and finished the day with six birdies and a bogey. He trails co-leaders Tom Gillis and Rob Labritz by a stroke.

Toledo is one of three players with significant Colorado ties competing this week in Q-school. Part-time Boulder resident and former University of Colorado golfer Jonathan Kaye and Durango product Tom Kalinowski each shot 3-over 74 and are tied for 54th place in the 79-man event that will continue through Friday.

The round of Kaye, a two-time PGA Tour winner, was a see-saw one as he recorded an eagle, a birdie, four bogeys and a double bogey. 

The scores of the competitors with major Colorado ties:

3. Former Castle Pines resident Esteban Toledo 66

54. Part-time Boulder resident Jonathan Kaye 74

54. Former Durango resident Tom Kalinowski 74

For all the scores from the Champions Q-school finals, CLICK HERE.