Masters Invite on the line at Latin America Amateur
Alvaro Ortiz
Alvaro Ortiz
CASA DE CAMPO, Dominican Republic (January 14, 2016) -- The first round of the 2016 Latin America Amateur is in the books, and two players are tied at the top after posting rounds of 4-under 68 at Casa de Campo.

Mexico's Alvaro Ortiz started his round with a 1-under 35 on the front nine, then recorded back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th holes to start his bogey free back nine. A birdie on the last was icing on the cake for Ortiz.

Jose Andres Miranda of Ecuador did Ortiz one better on the back nine. After an even par front, he birdied 12, 14, 16, and 18 against no bogeys for a fine 32, putting vaulting him into a tie for the lead.

Among the three players tied for third at 69 is one player who could teach all of us a lesson in resiliency. Faced with the worst of possible starts -- a triple bogey 7 on the par-4 first hole -- Erick Juan Morales of Puerto Rico reached in deep to find something.

And boy did he.

Seven birdies (yup, the guy that started with a triple made seven birdies) against a single bogey gave Morales not only a 69, but the knowledge if he had just managed a bogey on the first hole he would be the sole leader. Morales is tied for third with Raul Pereda de la Huerto (Mexico) and Daniel Kenji Ishii (Brazil).

Chilean golfer Matias Dominguez, the defending champion of 2015's inaugural event, posted a solid start with a 1-under 71. In 2015, Dominguez earned a Masters invitation and posted a pair of 76's to miss the cut at 8-over.

He did, however, eagle the 13th hole the second day, and in the "you might not know this department" he earned a pair of crystal goblets.

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
1Costa RicaPaul ChapletCosta Rica100073-71-71-70=285
2VenezuelaJorge GarciaVenezuela70071-72-69-74=286
T3ArgentinaAlejandro TostiArgentina50075-65-73-74=287
T3ChileJoaquin NiemannChile50073-71-72-71=287
T3PeruFernando BarcoPeru50073-69-76-69=287

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