David Boote grabs narrow lead at South American Amateur
David Boote (Golfweek photo)
David Boote (Golfweek photo)

LIMA, Peru (January 22, 2016) - Stanford University golfer David Boote birdied his final hole today to post a 2-under 70, just good enough to take a one stroke lead into the third round at Lima Country Club.

Boote, from Surrey England, posted a 36-hole total of 6-under 138. But that lead is anything but safe as a the three players 1-shot back at 5-under include first round leader Matias Simaski (67-72) as well as defending champ Scott Harvey (70-69).

Also in the 5-under group is Juan Alvarez of Uruguay, who finished T19 at last week's Latin American Amateur.


LIMA, Peru (January 21, 2016) -- Matias Simaski leads by one after a first-round 67 at the South American Amateur.

The 25-year old amateur from Argentina went around Lima Country Club without a bogey, collecting five birdies along the way.

Simaski gained full status for the 2016 PGA Tour Latin America season after a win on the developmental tour last fall. Thus, this is likely one of his last events as an amateur as the season begins in February. He's certainly making the most of it so far.

Four golfers trail Simaski by a shot including Ecuador's Andres Arango and Stanford golfer David Boote. U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion Scott Harvey and U.S. Four-Ball Champion Todd White sit three shots back after opening with 70.

Results For South American Amateur Championship
1UruguayJuan AlvarezUruguay70068-71-69-70=278
T2NCScott HarveyKernersville, NC50070-69-74-66=279
T2ArgentinaMatias SimaskiArgentina50067-72-72-68=279
4WalesDavid BooteWales40068-70-71-73=282
5ArgentinaAndres SchonbaumArgentina40070-75-68-70=283

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ABOUT THE South American Amateur

A 72-hole stroke play championship, the South American Championship was started in 2006 and is organized annually by the Executive Secretary and the governing body of the country in which the tournament is conducted. The schedule provides that the seat should be rotated in all South American countries.

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