Matching 65's Separate Echavarria and Tosti from the Field at Latin America Amateur
Nicolas Echavarria
Nicolas Echavarria

LA ROMANA, Dominican Republican – Nicolas Echavarria hit his tee shot out of bounds on hole 17 in round two of the Latin America America Championship. The double bogey wouldn't prove costly, however, as seven birdies and an eagle in the holes prior gave the Columbian a 7-under 65.

Echavarria's 65 would be matched by Alejandro Tosti of Argentina. Tosti also knocked his tee shot out of bounds on 17, yet his nine birdies on the day make the hole much easier to forget.

Echavarria, a senior at Arkansas, leads at 7-under par with Tosti just three shots behind. The exemption into this year's Masters will be very much on their minds heading into the final two rounds.

“That is where anyone wants to be,” Echavarria told Golf Channel, “but there’s still a lot of golf yet to play.”

Only 11 players are under-par Casa de Campo’s Teeth of the Dog course and only two other plays are within five shots of Echavarria's lead.

The field was cut to the low 50 players and ties at 6-over par or better.

Results For Latin America Amateur 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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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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