Mateo Fuenmayor grabs first round lead at Latin America Amateur Championship
Mateo Fuenmayor (LAAC photo)
, a native of Colombia who plays collegiately at Oregon State, shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to grab the first-round lead of the Latin America Amateur Championship being held at the Grand Reserve Golf Club in Puerto Rico.
Fuenmayor, who tied for seventh last week in the South American Amateur in Ecuador, went out in 33 and four more birdies on his inward nine offset his only bogey of the day for an opening round of 66.
At 6-under, he holds a one-stroke lead over four players, including Santiago de la Fuente
and Luis Carrera
of Mexico, Vicente Marzilio
of Argentina and Martín Cancino
Sixteen other players are within four shots of the lead, including pre-tournament favorite Fred Biondi
of Brazil, who opened with a solid 2-under round of 70.
Marzilio, de la Fuente and Biondi, along with Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira of Argentina, tied for second last year in the Latin American Amateur.
Defending champion Aaron Jarvis
of the Cayman Islands and UNLV, who is looking to become the first player to successfully defend the LAAC title, opened with an even par round of 72.
The champion receives an invitation to compete in the 2023 Masters Tournament and an exemption into The 151st Open at Royal Birkdale. The winner also receives full exemptions into The Amateur Championship, U.S. Amateur Championship and any other USGA amateur championship for which he is eligible and is exempt into the final stage of qualifying for the 2023 U.S. Open Championship.
The runner(s)-up will be exempt into Final Qualifying for The 151st Open and the 2023 U.S. Open Championship.
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ESPN Broadcast Schedule
First Round • Thursday, Jan. 12
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
Second Round • Friday, Jan. 13
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Third Round • Saturday, Jan. 14
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET
Final Round • Sunday, Jan. 15
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET
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, the U.S. Open and the British Open. The
champion is also awarded full exemptions into The
Championship, the US Amateur Championship and
any other USGA amateur championship for which he
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