Latin America Amateur Championship
The Latin America Amateur Championship is an annual amateur golf tournament. It is played at various locations throughout Latin America and was first played in 2015. The current champion is Joaquín Niemann, who in 2018 became the third Chilean to win the event.
|Location||Rotates through Latin America|
Dominican Republic (2019)
|Course(s)||Casa de Campo (2019)|
|Length||7,210 yards (6,590 m)|
|Aggregate||273 Joaquín Niemann (2018)|
|To par||−14 Álvaro Ortiz (2019)|
The championship is played in January and consists of 72 holes of stroke-play with a cut for the leading 50 players and ties after 36 holes. The winner receives an invitation to the Masters, The Amateur Championship, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which they are otherwise qualified apart from the U.S. Open. The winner and runner-up gain entry to Final Qualifying for The Open and final stage qualifying for the U.S. Open.
The field is restricted to players from the Latin American region (IOC-recognized countries and territories who are current members of the International Golf Federation) who have a handicap of 5.4 or less. The 29 countries are: Argentina, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Venezuela. Each country is allocated two spots in the field based on the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR). The remainder of the field is filled from the WAGR with a limit of six entries per country (10 for the host country).
The event is organized in conjunction with the Augusta National Golf Club, organizer of the Masters Tournament; The R&A, organizers of The Open Championship; and the United States Golf Association (USGA).
|2019||Álvaro Ortiz||Mexico||274 (−14)||2 strokes||Luis Gagne||Casa de Campo||La Romana, Dominican Republic|
|2018||Joaquín Niemann||Chile||273 (−11)||5 strokes||Álvaro Ortiz||Prince of Wales Country Club||Santiago, Chile|
|2017||Toto Gana||Chile||279 (−1)||Playoff|| Joaquín Niemann
|Club de Golf de Panamá||Panama City, Panama|
|2016||Paul Chaplet||Costa Rica||285 (−3)||1 stroke||Jorge García||Casa de Campo||La Romana, Dominican Republic|
|2015||Matías Domínguez||Chile||277 (−11)||1 stroke||Alejandro Tosti||Pilar Golf Club||Pilar, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina|