Latin America Amateur: Brazil's top golfer Andrew Tourinho leads by one
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Jan. 16, 2015) — For a while, it was looking like the second-round lead would go to Argentina's own Joaquin Bonjour, who entered the 17th hole at 11-under par for the tournament. But a devastating quadruple bogey allowed Brazil's top-ranked amateur Andre Tourinho to sneak into position.
Tourinho, a 24-year-old from Rio de Janeiro who played collegiately for Tulsa, was two-back of a group of leaders at 68 entering Friday's round before stringing together five birdies in his first seven holes to jump into the lead.
Bonjour reached 11-under with a birdie on 14 but made a seven on the par-three 17th hole to drop to seven-under, one shot back of Tourinho. He'll enter Saturday's third round tied for second place with Matias Dominguez of Chile, who with a 65 carded the lowest round of the tournament thus far.
One of four first-round leaders, Juan Alvarez of Uruguay, is alone in fourth place after a second-round 70.
Live coverage will begin on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPN News beginning Saturday at 7am EST. The winning player will receive an exemption into the 2015 Masters Tournament.
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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