Latin America Amateur Championship

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Latin America Amateur Championship
Tournament information
Location Rotates through Latin America
Chile (2018)
Established 2015
Course(s) Prince of Wales Country Club (2018)
Par 72
Length 7,202 yards (6,586 m)
Format Stroke play
Month played January
Tournament record score
Aggregate 273 Joaquín Niemann (2018)
To par −11 Matías Domínguez (2015)
−11 Joaquín Niemann (2018)
Current champion
Chile Joaquín Niemann

The Latin America Amateur Championship is an annual amateur golf tournament. It is played at various locations throughout Latin America. It was first played in 2015 and was 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). 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 International 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 (up to 120 players) is filled from the WAGR with a limit of six entries per country (10 for the host country).[2][3]


Year Player Country Score Margin
of victory
Runner-up Venue Location
2018 Joaquín Niemann  Chile 273 (−11) 5 strokes Mexico Alvaro Ortiz Prince of Wales Country Club Santiago, Chile
2017 Toto Gana  Chile 279 (−1) Playoff Chile Joaquín Niemann
Mexico Alvaro Ortiz
Club de Golf de Panamá Panama City, Panama
2016 Paul Chaplet  Costa Rica 285 (−3) 1 stroke Venezuela Jorge Garcia Casa de Campo La Romana, Dominican Republic
2015 Matías Domínguez  Chile 277 (−11) 1 stroke Argentina Alejandro Tosti Pilar Golf Club Pilar, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

Future sites


  1. ^ Harig, Bob (22 January 2014). "Masters, Latin America team up". ESPN.
  2. ^ "Qualifying Standards". Latin America Amateur Championship. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Entries". Latin America Amateur Championship. Retrieved 6 January 2015.

External links

  • Official website
  • Pilar Golf Club
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