Continuing its expansive coverage across five continents, the third Latin America Amateur Championship will be televised in 140 countries and reach millions of homes around the world, the event’s Founding Partners – the Masters Tournament, The R&A and United States Golf Association (USGA) – announced today.
The championship will take place from January 12-15, 2017, with a 108-player field competing in the 72-hole stroke-play event at Club de Golf de Panama, which is 15 minutes from Panama City. Since 2004, Club de Golf de Panama has hosted the Web.com Tour’s Panama Claro Championship.
In addition to the contributions of the Founding Partners, the Latin America Amateur Championship is supported by six Proud Partners – 3M, AT&T, Mercedes-Benz, Samsung, UPS and Zurich – and two Scoring Partners, IBM and Rolex.
European Tour Productions will produce the high-definition broadcast, including two hours of live coverage on each of the four competition days. The English-speaking commentary team will include Rich Lerner as host, Andy North as analyst, Dottie Pepper and Billy Kratzert as on-course reporters and John Sutcliffe handling interviews.
The champion will receive an invitation to compete in the 2017 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, as well as full exemptions into The Amateur Championship, U.S. Amateur Championship and any other USGA amateur championship for which he is eligible. In addition, the winner and the runner(s)-up will be exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale and the 2017 U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills.
Live broadcasts of all four rounds will be available across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. The scheduled times for each round’s live broadcast are listed below, with all times local to Panama City and Eastern Standard Time:
First Round: Thursday, Jan. 12 – 3-5 p.m. (EST)
Second Round: Friday, Jan. 13 – 3-5 p.m. (EST)
Third Round: Saturday, Jan. 14 – 1-3 p.m. (EST)
Final Round: Sunday, Jan. 15 – 1-3 p.m. (EST)
Championship highlights will air on Sunday following the completion of play; viewers can check local listings for specific broadcast times.
ESPN will provide event coverage in this year’s host country, as well as throughout Latin America. Other broadcasters include ESPN2 and ESPN News (United States), Le Sports (China), TSN (Canada), SuperSport (Southern Africa), Fox Sports Asia (Asia) and Eurosport (Europe). All of the coverage will also be streamed live on the official event website, LAACgolf.com.
Spectators are welcome to attend, and entry into Club de Golf de Panama for the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship will be free. For more information, including a full listing of television times by broadcaster, please visit LAACgolf.com.