Inaugural Latin America Amateur begins Thursday in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Jan. 13, 2015) — Pilar Golf Club in Argentina will play host to the first annual Latin America Amateur Championship, beginning Thursday and running through Sunday.
This 72-hole stroke play event was created by its founding partners the USGA, R&A, and Masters Tournament, and will attract Latin America's top amateur talent.
Alejandro Tosti, host Argentina's top-ranked amateur, will be in the field along with other notable Argentinians Andres Gallegos, Matias Simaski, and Santiago Bauni.
Tosti, currently ranked 58 in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings, took second at the Tailhade Cup and tied for second at the World Amateur Team in 2014.
Brazil's top talent Andre Tourinho is in the field, along with Chile's Gustavo Silva, Columbia's Nicolas Echavarria, and Venezuela's Jorge Garcia.
The winner will receive a hefty basket of exemptions, including an invitation to be one of seven amateurs to compete in the 2015 Masters Tournament. The winner will also receive exemptions to the 2015 British Amateur and 2015 U.S. Amateur.
Thanks to European Tour Productions, the tournament will be broadcast worldwide to 150 countries and will produce a high-definition broadcast, including two hours of live coverage on each of the four competition days. The English-speaking commentary team will include Sean McDonough as host, Andy North as analyst, Dottie Pepper as the on-course reporter and John Sutcliffe handling interviews.
You can find coverage on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN News.
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
The LAAC champion annually receives an invitation
to compete in the Masters at Augusta National Golf
Club, and the the British Open Championship. In
addition, the winner and the runner(s)-up
are exempt into the final stages of qualifying for the
US Open Championship. The
is also awarded full exemptions into The Amateur
Championship, the US Amateur Championship and
any other USGA amateur championship for which he
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