Four share first-round lead at Latin America Amateur
Alvaro Ortiz
Alvaro Ortiz
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 by a consortium that includes The Masters Tournament, The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA). The prestigious event is aimed at stimulating growth and inspiring interest in the game throughout South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The 120-player field is typically comprised of the top male amateurs representing the 29 member countries and territories of the International Golf Federation in the Latin America region. Each country/territory is automatically provided two positions, which they fill with their highest-ranked players from the World Amateur Golf Ranking as of early November. The only exception is for the host country, which will be allowed a total of 10 players.

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Results For Latin America Amateur Golf Championship
1ChileMatias DominguezChile70072-65-69-71=277
2ArgentinaAlejandro TostiArgentina50069-70-68-71=278
T3MexicoAlvaro OrtizMexico40068-73-71-67=279
T3BrazilAndre TourinhoBrazil40070-66-75-68=279
T5ColombiaSantiago GomezColombia40069-75-70-68=282

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