Peri’Don Castille of Dallas fell in love with the
game of golf at a very early age. Ever since then he has been working hard to
achieve the goals he set for himself.
Castille was a longtime shining star of The First
Tee of Greater Dallas. During his 12 years with the national youth development
organization – he joined the program at age 5 – Castille blossomed into a
self-assured teenager and was an inspiration to his companions and coaches
In 2014, he was one of 81 junior golfers from The
First Tee Chapters across the country selected to play in the Nature Valley
First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official PGA Tour Champions event. The next
year, he was one of only 28 selected to attend the 2015 Outstanding Participant
With his strong work ethic, Castille blossomed into
one of the best junior golfers in the state. In 2015, he carded rounds of 69-67
at Gentle Creek Golf Club in Prosper to win the Legends Junior Tour’s Lanny
Wadkins Junior Championship. He also qualified for back-to-back Texas Amateur
Championships in 2016-17.
After graduating from L.V. Berkner High School in
Richardson, Castille enrolled at Oklahoma City University. The now 21 year old,
who recently finished his junior year, has been a key player on the OCU Men’s
Golf Team and in 2018 helped the Stars win their NAIA-leading
11th Men's Golf National Championship.
Castille has accomplished a great deal since his
early days with The First Tee, but he has his sights set even higher. This
summer, from June 24-25, Castille will tee it up in the Advocates Pro Golf
Association Tour’s tournament at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney. This will be the
second time Castille has played as an amateur on the APGA Tour.
“I played in last year’s event at TPC Craig Ranch
and had a great experience with my fellow competitors and the tournament
directors,” said Castille. “The staff was amazing and the course was in great
condition. I can’t wait to play in this year’s event.”
The APGA Tour is a 10-year-old non-profit
organization with a mission to bring greater diversity to the game of golf. The
APGA Tour accomplishes this by sponsoring professional golf tournaments,
establishing player development programs, mentoring programs and by introducing
the game to inner-city young people.
Castille has other tournaments on his summer
schedule, including trying to qualify for the 110th Texas Amateur at Dallas
Athletic Club and the 119th U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club
As far his long-term golfing goals are concerned,
Castille wants to continue to try and reach new heights.
“I plan on turning professional after my collegiate
career,” said Castille. “I want to make a name for myself on the PGA Tour, and
start my own foundation for the inner-city youth.”
For more information on the APGA Tour, click here.