Bertinotti Takes Lead at Latin American Amateur
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.
ABOUT THE Latin America Amateur
72-hole stroke play tournament launched in 2015
consortium that includes The Masters
The R&A and the United States Golf Association
(USGA). The prestigious event is aimed at
growth and inspiring interest in the game
South America, Central America, Mexico and the
The 120-player field is typically comprised of the
male amateurs representing the 29 member
and territories of the International Golf Federation
the Latin America region. Each country/territory is
automatically provided two positions, which they
with their highest-ranked players from the World
Amateur Golf Ranking as of early November. The
exception is for the host country, which will be
allowed a total of 10 players.
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