BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Jan. 15, 2015) — Four countries, including the host nation, are represented at the top of the first-round leaderboard at the inaugural Latin America Amateur Championship.
Juan Alvarez of Uruguay, Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico, Ian Facey of Jamaica, and Gaston Bertinotti of Argentina all put up four-under par 68s to share a one-shot lead in search of the tournament's first champion — and much more.
Among other things, the champion will receive an invitation to the 2015 Masters Tournament, joining six other amateurs already in the field like U.S. Amateur winner Gunn Yang and U.S. Mid-Amateur winner Scott Harvey.
Ortiz, who is the brother of PGA TOUR player Carlos Ortiz, plays collegiately for the University of Arkansas. He made five birdies and one bogey in his opening-round.
In total, 22 players are under par after day one with seven players sitting just one shot back with 54 holes to play, including Argentina's top-ranked player Alejandro Tosti.
Round two begins Friday at 7:30am while live coverage can be seen on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPN News beginning at 10am EST.