PRINCE OF WALES COUNTRY CLUB IN CHILE WILL HOST 2018 LATIN AMERICA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
PANAMA CITY, Panama - The fourth Latin
America Amateur Championship (LAAC) will be conducted from January
18-21, 2018, at Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago, Chile.
Championship organisers made the announcement today during the 2017
LAAC, which is currently being contested at Club de Golf de
Founded by the Masters Tournament, The R&A and the United
States Golf Association (USGA), the LAAC was established to further
develop amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and
The LAAC champion receives an invitation to compete in the
Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. In addition, the winner and
the runner(s)-up are exempt into the final stages of qualifying for
The Open and the U.S. Open Championship. The champion is also
awarded full exemptions into The Amateur Championship, the U.S.
Amateur Championship and any other USGA amateur championship for
which he is eligible.
The 2018 championship will mark the second LAAC conducted in
South America and the first in Chile. Prince of Wales Country Club
has hosted many national and international championships, including
the 1998 Women's World Amateur Team Championship and the Chile
Classic on the Web.com Tour from 2012-2014.
The course was designed in 1930 by club member Alex MacDonald, a
British entrepreneur and golf course designer. The par-72,
6,892-yard course features narrow fairways and bentgrass greens
known for their subtle slopes, offering a challenge to players from
all over the world who have visited Prince of Wales Country
"We are proud to be chosen as the host for next year's Latin
America Amateur Championship and to support the important strides
this event is making for golf in our region," said Carlos Ruiz de
Gamboa, a board member of both Prince of Wales Country Club and the
Chilean Golf Federation. "The LAAC has quickly become a world-class
championship. Our course's unique features and challenges make it
an exceptional venue to stage this event and showcase the future of
golf in Latin America."
Felipe Bertin, chairman of the Chilean Golf Federation said,
"Chile has seen the impact the Latin America Amateur Championship
can have on these players after Matias Dominguez became the first
LAAC champion. We hope to continue that momentum with the 2018 LAAC
as the best and brightest amateur golfers of Latin America gather
in Chile to contend for the many opportunities this event
The inaugural LAAC was played in 2015 at Pilar Golf in Buenos
Aires, Argentina, where Dominguez won the title and became the
first Chilean to compete in the Masters in more than 50 years. Paul
Chaplet triumphed in the LAAC's second edition on the Teeth of the
Dog course at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. At the 2016
Masters, Chaplet became the second-youngest player in the
tournament's history and the first player from Central America.
This week's LAAC at Club de Golf de Panama features a 108-strong
field of the leading male amateurs in Latin America. Television
coverage includes two hours of live broadcast across 140 countries
on all four days of play. Spectators are admitted free at Club de
Golf de Panama.
For more information about the LAAC, including latest news,
schedule, spectator information and a roster of players competing,
please visit LAACgolf.com. @LAAC_Golf
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