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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.

Latin America Amateur Championship
LocationRotates through Latin America
Dominican Republic (2019)
Course(s)Casa de Campo (2019)
Length7,210 yards (6,590 m)
FormatStroke play
Month playedJanuary
Aggregate273 Joaquín Niemann (2018)
To par−14 Álvaro Ortiz (2019)
Mexico Álvaro Ortiz

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.[1]

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).[2][3]

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).


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  1. ^ Harig, Bob (22 January 2014). "Masters, Latin America team up". ESPN.
  2. ^ "Qualifying Standards". Latin America Amateur Championship. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Entries". Latin America Amateur Championship. Retrieved 12 January 2019.

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