When you think of top Colombian golfers, the first name that comes to mind is Camilo Villegas, but the second should be Diego Velasquez. This season he finished fourth individually in the NCAA Championship, set a single-season scoring record for Oregon State with a 70.31 average and became the first golfer in program history to earn first-team All-American honors. The 22-year-old has vaulted 26 spots in the World Amateur Golf Ranking to No. 35.
Name: Diego Velasquez
Birthdate: November 22, 1987
Birthplace: Bogota, Colombia
Favorite Food: Home-cooked Colombian food.
On My iPod: Literally everything, but mostly reggaeton.
Favorite Movie(s): “Gladiator” and “Avatar.”
Hidden Talent: Interacting with new people and cultures.
Biggest Fear: Going to the dentist and hospital, or being sick or injured.
Favorite Course: The Honors Course (Tennessee).
Dream Foursome: My grandfather, Ben Hogan and Seve Ballesteros.
Favorite Golfer: Seve Ballesteros.
Words To Live By: Vamos.
Best Golf Tip: Keep your head still.
Shot I Love To Practice: Knockdown with any club.
What Needs Improvement: Wedge game inside 50 yards.
Favorite Club: Driver.
Ball Marker: One with a Colombian flag on it.
Age I First Broke 70: 16.
Lowest Round Ever: 64.
Love To Trade Places With: Bono.
Favorite Non-Golf Athlete: Rafael Nadal.
What’s in the bag:
DRIVER Nike STR8-FIT Tour 9.5 degree, 3-WOOD Nike STR8-FIT 15 degree, HYBRID Nike Victory Red 18 degree, IRONS Nike Victory Red blades (4-PW), WEDGES Nike Victory Red 52, 56, 60 degrees, PUTTER Dave Edel putter with round grip.