Simon Fraser University senior Chris Crisologo took the lead in the second round
and never looked back
(Simon Fraser Athletics Photo)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (January 15, 2018) - Chris Crisologo took the lead on day two and never looked back closing out the South American Amateur on Tuesday. Crisologo didn't play his best golf in the final round carding a 1-over 73 to finish 13-under but after beginning the day seven ahead Crisologo was able to ease his way to a four-stroke victory.
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A senior at Simon Fraser University, Crisologo did bogey five-times and double-bogey once but two birdie stretches helped him sustain a comfortable advance. Crisologo's first birdies came on Nos. 2 and 3 before carding four more between Nos. 10-14, including three in a row beginning on the 10th hole.
During his career at Simon Fraser University Crisologo has won five-times and has been named to an All-American team each the last three years, most recently in 2017 he was a first-teamer.
Interestingly, Simon Fraser University was the fist Canadian college accepted into the NCAA after being welcomed as a full member in 2012. A member of the Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Simon Fraser University began the transition to NCAA in 2009.
Alejandro Tosti, the defending SEC Individual Champion, finished second at 9-under following the round of the day, a 5-under 67. The Florida senior was tied for the lead after the first day but struggled in the second round only to climb back to the top of the leaderboard during the third and fourth rounds.
Oklahoma Sooner Aaron Terrazas and Rafeal Miranda of Ecuador shared third at 8-under while Ireland's Alex Gleeson and Kansas Jayhawk Charlie Hillier tied for fifth at 7-under.
Defending U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Matt Parziale finished as the low American with a 6-under showing that left him tied for sixth. Parziale carded his third under-par round of the week on Tuesday as he signed for a 3-under 69.
In the final round Parziale rolled in his first birdie of the day on the opening hole before sliding back with 4th and 6th hole bogeys. Despite the mid-round struggles Parziale was able to rebound with 7th, 8th, 12th and 13th hole birdies.
2015 South American Amateur winner Scott Harvey ended up tied for 12th with a 4-under tally.
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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