Story by Andy Zunz
Texas Tech senior Matias Dominguez returns to his native Chile for the first time since winning the Latin America Amateur Championship to play the Web.com Tour's Chile Classic this week.
Dominguez, 22, will tee it up at Club de Golf Mapocho in his hometown of Santiago for his first Web.com Tour start.
It will be a homecoming for the first Chilean to earn an invitation to the Masters in the past 50 years.
"It’s going to be fun to be back at home after winning the Latin America Championship," Dominguez said in a release. "I’m really excited to be going back home with my family, my girlfriend, friends, and coach, too. I haven’t been back there in a while.
"It will be an awesome week to practice and chat with everybody. But it’s also going to be an exciting week to see what the Masters experience is going to be like. I’m excited to be playing with pros, really good players."
Through eight events this season, Dominguez has one top 10 and a 72.8 scoring average. The Red Raiders are No. 10 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.
"I was definitely excited (to get the invitation)," Dominguez said. "And it’s in my home country, which makes it even more exciting, especially after the Latin America Amateur where everybody’s really excited and really happy to see me.
"I don’t have goals set. I’m going to prepare for this the same way I prepare for the Masters. All I want to do is analyze how I did in the Chile Classic and what I can improve on for the Masters. Try to be aware of my emotions. I don’t have any technical goals. I just want to learn from the experience as much as possible so I can be ready for the Masters."
Dominguez will play the 2015 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club April 9-12.