Paul Chaplet Captures Latin American Amateur
Latin American Amateur winner Paul Chaplet will play in the Masters
Latin American Amateur winner Paul Chaplet will play in the Masters

LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic -- Prior to this week, Paul Chaplet was relatively unknown, having received only four letters from colleges.

With a final-round 70 and a 1-shot victory, Chaplet will be known around the world come this April. He will become the first player from Costa Rica to compete in the Masters.

Chaplet entered the final round five shots back of leader Gaston Bertinotti. Bertinotti couldn't sleep last night so he went for walk at 2am. He would wake up at 8:30am to a text from his coach asking of his whereabouts.

Bertinotti hurried through his warmup and made his tee time, but struggled with a 40 on the front nine.

Meanwhile, Chaplet came out of the gates firing with a 33 on the front. Two clutch pars on the final two holes secured his one shot-victory over Jorge Garcia.

“I came into this tournament knowing I had a chance if I played my best golf, and this just proves to me that I can,” Chaplet told Golf Channel. “That’s really all that matters.”

We'll be all watching out for Chaplet in Augusta.

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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