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Franco Castro
Year: Junior
Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.
High School: Alpharetta
Other College: LSU
Experience: Transfer
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At Charlotte - 2013-14: NCAA Raleigh Regional Participant (individual) ... All-Conference USA First Team ... Team MVP ... qualified for the NCAA Raleigh Regional after posting a stroke average of 72.56 during the year that became the 12th best season in Niners history ... finished tied for 55th in Raleigh with a 224 (77-69-78) with his fourth and final round of the year in the 60's with a second round 69. Fired off two rounds of 66, a season-best for the Niners, in the season-opening round at the Topy Cup and middle round of the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate three weeks later. His best finish of the year came at the Jerry Pate event carded one of four tournaments under par at two-under 208 (70-66-72) concluding third overall. Castro registered a team-best 17 rounds under par helping to low his career stroke average to 73.04 bumping him up to a tie for seventh ... Played in all 12 varsity events during the year. 

Franco Castro's 2013-14 Season Statistics

2012-13: All-Atlantic 10 ... A-10 Golfer of the Week, 11/7, 4/10 ... Played in all 12 events for the 49ers, tying the school record with a career-low eight-under 64 in his final round of the fall semester en route to a 14-under 202 and a tie for third at the Pacific Invitational in California. Led Charlotte with a 73.5 stroke averagefor the year... Led the team with five Top-20 finishes, with a second at the Irish Creek Collegiate... Started the 2013 Atlantic 10 Conference Championships with a three-under 69 and finished tied for 14th at even par... Finished at 12-over in his first NCAA Regional, al Columbus, Ohio... Athletic Director's List (fall).

At LSU - 2011-12: Saw action in nine tournaments during his sophomore campaign, including five appearances as a starter ... Cut nearly two strokes from his freshman scoring average with a 75.12 stroke average in 25 rounds played on the season ... Made his SEC Championships debut for the Tigers while finishing in 60th place in the event held at Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course in St. Simons Island, Ga., in his home state ... Opened the season by posting his lowest 54-hole tournament score of the campaign at 2-over par 218 to tie for 21st place at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic ... Posted matching scores of 8-over par 224 at both the LSU National Invitational (t26) and John Hayt Invitational (t36) while playing as a member of LSU's five-man lineup ... Also cracking the starting five at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational during the fall season, while placing 53rd with a score of 22-over 238 ... Earned first career top-20 finish in a 54-hole event during the 2011-12 season by tying for 19th place as an individual at the Argent Financial Classic ... Matched his season-low with a 2-over par 218 for his effort at the Argent Financial Classic ... Also saw action as an individual at the David Toms Intercollegiate, Louisiana Classics and LSU vs. Centenary stroke play match ... Carded a season-low round of 1-under 71 three times in the first round at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic, final round at the John Hayt Invitational and first round at the LSU National Invitational.

2010-11: Made four tournament appearances for the Tigers during his true freshman season ... Played as an individual in each of his four appearances ... Posted a 76.58 scoring average in 12 rounds played on the year ... Earned a season-best finish at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge ... Fired rounds of 1-under 71, even-par 72 and 1-over 73 at the CCLA to finish in a tie for 23rd place ... His even-par 216 in three rounds was a season-low ... Made his collegiate debut at the Squire Creek Invitational held Oct. 4-5 at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, La. ... Posted a score of 25-over par 241 to tie for 54th place in his first tournament in an LSU uniform ... Also saw action at the Louisiana Tech Bulldog Classic (March 13-15) and LSU National Invitational (April 2-3).

Prep - Arguably the top recruit in the state of Georgia and one of the top recruits in the country for the Class of 2010 ... A product of Alpharetta High School ... No. 22-ranked recruit in the Class of 2010 by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard ... Also ranked No. 26 in his class in the Polo Junior Golf Rankings and No. 41 in the country in the Golfweek Junior Rankings ... Was an honorable mention selection to the American Junior Golf Association Rolex All-America Team in 2008 ... An active participant in the AJGA throughout his prep career ... Wrapped up his AJGA career in July 2010 with his first appearance at the Canon Cup as a member of the East squad ... Earned four career top-10 finishes in AJGA events, including a victory at the 2009 AJGA Aldila Junior Open at The Country Club of the South in Johns Creek, Ga. ... Fired rounds of even-par 72 and 6-under par 66 for a 54-hole score of 6-under 138 en route to the victory ... Also earned a top-10 finish in one of the AJGA's premier tournaments at the 2009 AJGA Junior Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Jacksonville, Fla., where he tied for seventh place ... Competed in such prestigious AJGA events as the FootJoy Invitational, PING Invitational and Rolex Tournament of Champions during his junior golf career ... Earned a spot in the United States Amateur Championship for the first time in his career in 2010 as he took part in the 110th edition of the nation's most prestigious amateur tournament at Chambers Bay in Tacoma, Wash. ... Earned a spot in the U.S. Amateur by tying for fourth place in the sectional qualifier held at Achasta Golf Club in his home state, where he fired a 9-under par 135 in two rounds ... Competed in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship during the 2008 season.

Personal - Parents are Annie and Alberto Castro ... Has two older siblings, Roberto and Alex ... Roberto is competing on the PGA Tour, with three Top-25 finishes this season and a Top-10 finish in 2012... Is the nephew of Jenny Lidback, former LSU golfer and a 17-year veteran of the LPGA Tour ... Major is pre-communication studies... Birthday is February 12.

CAREER BESTS/STATS at CHARLOTTE:

Round:
64, at 2012 (fall) Pacific Invitational
65, at 2013 Irish Creek Collegiate
66, at 2013 (fall) Topy Cup ... 2013 (fall) Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate
68, at 2013 (fall) Topy Cup ... 2012 (fall) Pacific Invitational
69, at 2014 NCAA Raleigh Regional ... at 2013 Irish Creek Invitational, at 2013 A-10 Championships

Tournament:
-14, 202 at 2012 Pacific Invitational
-7, 206 at 2013 Irish Creek Collegiate
-3, 213 at 2014 Bayou City Collegiate
-2, 208 at 2013 (fall) Topy Cup and Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate
-1, 212 at 2013 (fall) at SCVB Pacific Invitational

Top Finishes:
2nd at 2013 at Irish Creek Collegiate
3rd at 2013 (fall) Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate
T3rd at 2012 Pacific Invitational
T10 at 2013 (fall) Topy Cup ... at 2012 Rod Myers Invitational

AWARDS:
2014 NCAA Raleigh Regional Participant
2014 All-Conference USA First Team
2014 Team MVP
2013 All-Academic Team Award from GCAA
2013 Atlantic 10 Champions
2013 All-Atlantic 10
2013 Atlantic 10 Golfer of the Week: 11/7/12, 4/10/13

(Portions Courtesy of LSU Media Relations)

      Low Tournaments Low Par/- Finish Top    
Season Rounds Strokes 72-holes 54-holes Round Rounds Events 1 5 10 W-L Average
2012-13 35 2574 - 202 64 13 12 - 2 3 550-310 73.5
2013-14 36 2612 - 208 66 17 12 - 1 2 623-241 72.56
Totals 71 5186 - 202 64 30 24 - 3 5 1173-551 73.04

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