2017 Latin America Amateur Championship: Final Round Recap

Jan 15th 2017

Panama City, Panama: Miguel Ordonez' followers pictured at the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship at the Club de Golf de Panama during Round Four on January 15th . (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

Notes: Panama’s Ordonez Makes Home Rooters Proud

By Ron Driscoll, USGA PANAMA CITY, Panama – It was a storybook finish: Miguel Ordonez of the home country holing a putt on the 72nd hole in front of friends and fellow club members at Club de Golf de Panama, then triumphantly lifting his daughter, Aurora, who turned 2 on Thursday, the first day of…

Panama City, Panama:Tomas Gana of Chile Prize Ceremony and Trophies pictured at the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship at the Club de Golf de Panama during Round Four on January 15th . (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

Gana, of Chile, Birdies Second Playoff Hole to Earn Dramatic LAAC Win

Panama City, Panama:pictured at the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship at the Club de Golf de Panama during Round Four on January 15th . (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

2017 Latin America Amateur Championship: Final Round

Panama City, Panama: Pictured at the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship at the Club de Golf de Panama during Round Three on January 14th . (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

Notes: Chile, Venezuela Among LAAC Stalwarts

PANAMA CITY, Panama – Venezuela was the lone country or territory in the 3rd Latin America Amateur Championship to have all of its players make the 36-hole cut. The 108 players in the starting field, who represent 27 nations and territories, were striving to be among the top 50 players (and ties) to advance to…

Panama City, Panama:Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico pictured at the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship at the Club de Golf de Panama during Round Three on January 14th . (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

Consistency Keeps Ortiz in Contention

Panama City, Panama: Pictured at the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship at the Club de Golf de Panama during Round Three on January 14th . (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

2017 Latin America Amateur Championship: Round 3

Panama City, Panama: Pictured at the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship at the Club de Golf de Panama during Round Three on January 14th . (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

2017 Latin America Amateur Championship: Round 3 Recap

Panama City, Panama: Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico pictured at the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship at the Club de Golf de Panama during Round Three on January 14th . (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

Mexico’s Ortiz, Chile’s Gana Share 54-Hole Lead at LAAC

Panama City, Panama:Alejandro Villavicencio of Guatemala pictured at the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship at the Club de Golf de Panama during Round Three on January 14th . (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

Amateur Career More than Satisfying for Villavicencio

Panama City, Panama: Pictured at the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship at the Club de Golf de Panama during Round Three on January 14th . (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

Ortiz, 48, in Customary Role of Wily Veteran

By Ron Driscoll, USGA PANAMA CITY, Panama – Alvaro E. Ortiz first played the course that is hosting this week’s 3rd Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC), the Club de Golf de Panama, 37 years ago. “It has changed over the years – unfortunately, it ends up getting longer, and you get older,” said Ortiz, 48,…

Panama City, Panama:Alvaro E. Ortiz of Costa Rica pictured at the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship at the Club de Golf de Panama during Round two on January 13th . (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

Costa Rica’s Ortiz, 48, Leads LAAC After 36 Holes

Panama City, Panama:Alvaro E. Ortiz of Costa Rica pictured at the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship at the Club de Golf de Panama during Round two on January 13th . (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

2017 Latin America Amateur Championship: Round 2 Recap