Estivill wins stroke-play honor at Argentine Am; matches begin
Guillermo Estivill (Argentina Golf Association photo)
It’s time for match play at the Argentine Amateur, but stroke play didn’t end without a good story. After three players finished 36 holes at Golf Club Argentino in Buenos Aires, Argentina tied for the lead, an automatic tiebreaker left Guillermo Estivill as the winner of the Kenneth Gordon Davis Cup. It’s an award given to the top stroke-play qualifier in the event.
Estivill tied Gonzalo Oliva Pinto and Andres Schonbaum atop at 8 under, but Estivill had the best second-round score – a 6-under 66.
The field has been cut to the top 32 players, who will now begin match play. The top seed went to defending champion Federico Shin, who will play Antonio Macial on Monday. Schonbaum has the second seed, followed by Pinto and Estivill.
After the opening round at the Argentine Amateur, a player from Argentina is out front. Andres Schonbaum went 5 under at Golf Club Argentino in Buenos Aires, Argentina and shares the lead with Matias Adrian Gramajo.
Schonbaum’s round of 67 incuded two birdies in his first three holes and just one bogey. Gramajo, on the other hand, eagled the par-5 opening hole and had six consecutive birdies starting at No. 3. That left him with a front-nine 29. His back nine was much different (it included a triple-bogey), and he ended with a 38. The two rounds together were still enough to leave him with a share of the lead.
Schonbaum also led after the first round of this event in 2016, and was runner-up that year. He made it to the quarterfinals last year.
Five more players are tied for third after a 68. Those players include Salvador Dell Acqua, Gonzalo Olive Pinto, Rodrigo Villanueva, Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira and Vicentie Marzilio.
ABOUT THE Argentine Amateur
The Argentine Amateur (Campeonato Argentino
de Aficionados) is an international match play
tournament, with 36 hole stroke play qualifying
determine 64 players for match play.
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