American Quartet ready for South American Amateur
From L-R: Stewart Hagestad, Scott Harvey, Meghan Stasi and Julia Potter <br>(USGA Photo)
From L-R: Stewart Hagestad, Scott Harvey, Meghan Stasi and Julia Potter
(USGA Photo)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (January 17, 2017) -- This week marks the 11th playing of the South American Amateur and four Americans, selected by the USGA in November will be competing in the event to be played at Martindale Country Club.

Host course, Martindale Country Club was designed by Marcos Capdepont and Diego Caprile and has hosted a number of national and South American championships, most notably the Argentine Open Championship in 1999 and 2014.

Over the years the course has also hosted the Argentine Amateur Championships (1992, 2013), the Southern Cross Cup (2007), the South American Junior Championship (1999), the South American Junior Championship U15 (2006, 2016, Argentine Stroke Play Championship (1993, 1997, 2004, 2011) and the Argentine Women’s Open (2008).

For the South American Amateur the course will play as a par-72 at 6,934 yards for the men and 5,909 yards for the women.

Beginning on Thursday and running through Sunday the United States will be represented by USGA champions Stewart Hagestad, Scott Harvey, Meghan Stasi and Julia Potter.


Stewart Hagestad: The former USC Trojan captured the 2016 U.S. Mid- Amateur while also winning the Metropolitan Amateur (NY) last year. Hagestad's season also included a runner-up finish at the George C. Thomas Invitational and a tie for seventh at the Crane Cup.

On the same day that it was announced that Hagestad was headed to the South American Amateur it was announced that he would be a part of the December Walker Cup practice session.

Scott Harvey: 2015 South American Amateur winner and last years runner-up, Harvey is back and looking for another championship after another fantastic season. Harvey, the runner-up at the U.S. Mid-Amateur, picked up his biggest win of his season at the George C. Thomas Invitational. Other noteworthy finishes included a third place at the Porter Cup and a second place finish at the Gasparilla Invitational.

Like Hagestad, Harvey attended the December Walker Cup practice session.

Meghan Stasi: In 2016 Stasi made a run to the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur quarterfinals and also finished tied for 10th at the Harder Hall Invitational. Stasi, the winner of four U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, placed eighth at the South American Women's Amateur in 2015.

Julia Potter: 2016 marked the the second time in four years that Potter has won the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, previously winning in 2013.


Editors Note: The South American Amateur provided information for this story.

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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