Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) If Esteban Toledo's path to the Champions Tour was a round of golf, he wouldn't have spent too much time in the fairway.
"With no electricity, there's no shoes, there's no golf clubs, there's nothing," Toledo said about growing up. "But you still had to be tough. I learned the toughest time and the toughest way to get to the PGA Tour, because nobody gave me anything, so I've got to go out there and earn it."
Toledo grew up in a house with nine different people in Mexicali, Mexico. However, his attitude took him from the dirt floors of that house to the lush, green fairways of En-Joie this week. But that journey, like his golf career at times, was no straight tap-in.
"I had my dream to play on the PGA Tour, but it has been not easy, let me tell you," said Toledo. "It has been a tough time for me, but at the same time, I believe myself."
He spent most of his PGA career bouncing between the main tour and the secondary Nationwide Tour. It seems fitting, considering he originally was a boxer and that aggressiveness certainly hasn't been lost.
"I'm a go-getter person, I always have [been]," he said. "So when somebody tells me I can't do it, that's what motivates me to go do it."
He strives to be the same person on the course as he is off of it. If you walk with him during a practice round, you'll find he has as much fun as any golfer on tour. That's because he knows how lucky he is that the ball has bounced his way.
"Now it's just a wonderful path that I've got to go on and share with people," Toledo said. "I'm just a happy guy to be up here on the Champions Tour."
He may not be sure what par for the course is on his life-long, 18-hole adventure. But whatever it is, you can bet he'll continue and fight to stay in the red numbers.