Bertinotti Takes Lead at Latin American Amateur
Latin American Amateur leader Gaston Bertinotti
Latin American Amateur leader Gaston Bertinotti

LA ROMANA, Dominican Republican – Argentina's Gaston Bertinotti made a 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole to surge into the lead with one round remaining at the Latin American Amateur.

Bertinotti fired a 69 to climb back from five behind second-round leader Nicolas Echavarria, only making one bogey in his last 36 holes.

“It’s awesome to be in the lead right now,” Bertinotti told Golf Channel, “but we still have to play 18 more holes.”

After a 65 yesterday, Echavarria struggled to keep up his pace. His tee shot on the par 3 7th hole found the rocks and led to a costly triple bogey. His 77 leaves him three shots back of Bertinotti, still very much alive.

“There’s still a chance,” Echavarria told Golf Channel, “so you have to be positive about it. Eighteen more holes to play the Masters.”

Columbia's Jorge Garcia also shot a third-round 69, leaving him just one shot behind Bertinotti. Alejandro Tosti backed up his 2nd round 65 with a 73, giving him a two-stroke margin to close.

With a Masters invitation on the line, tomorrow's final round will certainty pose a challenge unlike any other.

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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