Four share first-round lead at Latin America Amateur
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.
ABOUT THE Latin America Amateur
72-hole stroke play tournament launched in 2015
consortium that includes The Masters
The R&A and the United States Golf Association
(USGA). The prestigious event is aimed at
growth and inspiring interest in the game
South America, Central America, Mexico and the
The 120-player field is typically comprised of the
male amateurs representing the 29 member
and territories of the International Golf Federation
the Latin America region. Each country/territory is
automatically provided two positions, which they
with their highest-ranked players from the World
Amateur Golf Ranking as of early November. The
exception is for the host country, which will be
allowed a total of 10 players.
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