Latin America Amateur: Brazil's top golfer Andrew Tourinho leads by one
Andre Tourinho
Andre Tourinho

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.

Results For Latin America Amateur 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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ABOUT THE Latin America Amateur

Founded by the Masters Tournament, The R&A and the USGA, the LAAC was established to further develop amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. The LAAC is a 72-hole stroke play event open to a field of 108 amateur players in Latin America, chosen by their respective national federations according to their World Amateur Golf Ranking. Past winners of the championship, as well as last year’s top-five finishers, are automatically entered into this year’s championship.

The LAAC champion annually receives an invitation to compete in the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. In addition, the winner and the runner(s)-up are exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the US Open Championship. The champion is also awarded full exemptions into The Amateur Championship, the US Amateur Championship and any other USGA amateur championship for which he is eligible.

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