Latin America Amateur Championship Announced
By Torleif Sorenson on 1/28/14
Last week in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, The Royal & Ancient, the USGA, and Billy Payne of Augusta National Golf Club jointly announced the Latin America Amateur Championship, the inaugural event of which will be played next January 15-18 at Pilar Golf outside Buenos Aires.

As with the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship the three organizations created back in 2008, the primary goal is to give a high-profile boost to golf in South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The winner receives an invitation to the Masters Tournament. The winner and the runner-up will also receive an exemption into final qualifying for both the Open Championship and the U.S. Open Championship, as well as into both the Amateur Championship and the U.S. Amateur, along with any other USGA amateur events for which the winner may qualify.

In their statement, the USGA released this information about who would be invited to compete next January:
Invitations for the championship will be sent to the leading players from the 27 IOC-recognized countries and territories from this region that are current members of the International Golf Federation. Each country/territory will be automatically provided two positions, which will be filled by their highest-ranked players from the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) as of November 1, 2014. If there are only one or no players from a given country/territory in the WAGR, the national golf association will nominate one or two players accordingly, for approval by the LAAC Executive Committee. The remainder of the field will be filled by taking the next highest ranked players from the WAGR with the maximum number of players allowed from a country/territory being six. The only exception is for the host country, which will be allowed a total of 10 players.

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