Estanislao Guerrero, an amateur from Tijuana, Mexico, Monday-qualified for the Farmers Insurance Open. Guerrero, 24, graduated from Old Dominion in ’08 with a degree in finance and economics. He spoke with Golfweek before shooting 74-80 and missing the cut:
Golf isn’t the first thing people think of when they hear Tijuana. Where did you develop your game?
For me, (golf) is very accessible. It’s the same as here in San Diego. I play at Tijuana Country Club. It has lots of history. (It’s) designed by Alister MacKenzie. A lot of people don’t know that. It’s a really nice track. There’s nothing that really can hold me back.
Your hometown was listed as San Diego for the qualifier, but you’re playing the tournament out of Tijuana. Where do you live?
I have a P.O. Box in San Diego. That’s where I get my mail. . . . Once I made the big tournament, I really wanted them to put Mexico, because that’s where I live. It’s just a P.O. Box so I can get mail a lot quicker.
What have you been doing since you graduated from college?
I’ve just dedicated myself to golf. My family is kind of pressuring me on that because, ‘You’re not pro, so you’re not winning any money, and you’re not working, getting money, so what’s the deal here? What are you waiting for?’ I really want to play the (World Amateur Team Championship in October) and play the U.S. Amateur again (he missed the cut at the ’07 U.S. Amateur).”