2018 Results

World No. 1 Joaquin Niemann Continues Chile’s Dominance

Santiago, CHILE: pictured at the 2018 Latin America Amateur Championship at the Prince of Wales Country Club during Final Round on January 23, 2018. (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

Date:            January 20-23, 2018
Venue:         Price of Wales Country Club, Santiago, Chile
Par:               36-35-71
Length:       6,864 yards
Opened:      1930

Joaquin Niemann of Chile, the No. 1-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking in January 2018, played a blazing stretch of seven holes in seven under par midway through the final round to seize the fourth Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC) at Prince of Wales Country Club.

With his win, the 19-year-old earned an invitation to compete in the 2018 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 was eligible. In addition, he earned an exemption into the final stages of qualifying for The 147th Open at Carnoustie and the 2018 U.S. Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills.

Niemann became the third player from his home country to win the LAAC in four years, and he did it before hundreds of fans in his hometown of Santiago. His final round of eight-under-par 63 broke the championship record and helped him finish with an 11-under-par total of 273 for the week as he overcame a one-stroke deficit, entering the final round.

Niemann drove the green on the 313-yard, par-4 eighth hole thanks to a fortuitous bounce off a tree, then sank the eagle putt to start his winning run. He reeled off four consecutive birdies on holes 9-12, and after a par on the 13th, he added a two-putt birdie on the par-5 14th.

“After I made that eagle on the eighth hole and I birdied nine, 10, 11 and 12, I didn’t watch the leaderboard until the 14th hole,” said Niemann. “I realized at that moment that I had a huge advantage over the other players, so I thought maybe this was going to be my tournament.”

Chile’s Toto Gana, who defeated Niemann and Alvaro Ortiz in a playoff to win the 2017 championship, and was tied with Niemann at three-under to start the final round, closed with a one-over 72 and finished in a tie for seventh place.

Venue Information

Designed in 1930 by club member Alex MacDonald, a British entrepreneur and golf course designer, Prince of Wales Country Club features narrow fairways and bentgrass greens known for their subtle slopes, offering a challenge to players from all over the world who have visited the course. The 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.

Position Name NAT R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To Par
1 Joaquin Niemann CHI 74 64 72 63 273 -11
2 Alvaro Ortiz MEX 69 70 70 69 278 -6
T3 Jaime Lopez Rivarola ARG 69 68 73 69 279 -5
T3 Gabriel Morgan Birke CHI 72 70 69 68 279 -5
T3 Daniel Gurtner GUA 70 71 69 69 279 -5
6 Camilo Aguado COL 70 73 68 69 280 -4
T7 Toto Gana CHI 68 70 72 72 282 -2
T7 Manuel Torres VEN 71 72 68 71 282 -2
T9 Gustavo Silvero PAR 73 69 71 70 283 -1
T9 Nicolas Herrera COL 74 69 72 68 283 -1
T11 Pablo Torres COL 68 74 70 72 284 E
T11 Jorge Garcia VEN 71 70 72 71 284 E
T13 Raul Pereda de la Huerta MEX 73 73 70 69 285 1
T13 Julian Perico PER 76 74 67 68 285 1
T13 Charlie Bustos CHI 73 69 74 69 285 1
T13 Carlos Ardila COL 71 71 70 73 285 1
T17 Mario Carmona MEX 69 72 70 75 286 2
T17 Aaron Terrazas MEX 70 72 69 75 286 2
T19 Andy Schonbaum ARG 71 70 73 73 287 3
T19 Lucas Rosso CHI 73 70 77 67 287 3
T19 Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira ARG 75 66 76 70 287 3
22 Claudio Correa CHI 74 70 74 70 288 4
T23 Mark Montenegro ARG 68 74 71 76 289 5
T23 José Luis Montaño BOL 74 75 68 72 289 5
T23 Luis Fernando Barco PER 73 73 73 70 289 5
T23 James Yoon PAR 73 74 71 71 289 5
T27 Ale Tosti ARG 78 69 75 68 290 6
T27 Herik Machado BRA 76 72 68 74 290 6
T27 Andres Gallegos ARG 73 69 74 74 290 6
T30 José Tomás Vargas CHI 74 73 73 72 292 8
T30 Juan Jose Guerra DOM 70 75 73 74 292 8
T30 Luis Ruiz MEX 72 73 72 75 292 8
T33 Fred Biondi BRA 74 70 76 73 293 9
T33 Daniel Pico COL 73 73 74 73 293 9
T33 Horacio Carbonetti ARG 69 77 72 75 293 9
36 Daniel Kenji Ishii BRA 76 71 72 75 294 10
T37 Agustin Errazuriz CHI 70 77 74 75 296 12
T37 Pablo Castellanos GUA 73 77 76 70 296 12
T37 Luis Gerardo Garza MEX 76 74 76 70 296 12
40 Rhadames Peña DOM 69 75 76 77 297 13
41 Paul Chaplet CRC 74 75 72 77 298 14
42 Kevin O’Connell ISV 76 73 73 77 299 15
T43 Diego A Ovalle Quiroga COL 75 74 76 75 300 16
T43 Pedro Nagayama BRA 78 71 72 79 300 16
T43 Sven Dummer CHI 73 73 76 78 300 16
T46 Matias Dominguez CHI 74 73 75 79 301 17
T46 Felipe Strobach PER 70 76 76 79 301 17
T46 Nicolas Escobar ECU 77 70 76 78 301 17
T46 Patricio Freundt-Thurne PER 79 71 80 71 301 17
50 Justin Hastings CAY 73 75 79 75 302 18
51 Jeronimo Esteve PUR 70 75 78 80 303 19
52 Daniel Celestino BRA 74 72 87 85 318 34
MC Miguel Ordonez PAN 78 73 151 9
MC James Johnson BAR 76 75 151 9
MC Ivan Camilo Ramirez COL 75 76 151 9
MC Alejandro Valenzuela BOL 72 79 151 9
MC Alejandro Villavicencio GUA 74 77 151 9
MC Eduardo Carrete MEX 73 78 151 9
MC Enrique Valverde DOM 74 77 151 9
MC Alvaro E. Ortiz CRC 73 79 152 10
MC Talin Rajendranath TRI 72 80 152 10
MC Payten Wight CAY 75 77 152 10
MC Tino Flores ESA 77 75 152 10
MC Luis Medina MEX 78 75 153 11
MC Rafael Miranda ECU 74 79 153 11
MC Tiago Lobo BRA 75 78 153 11
MC Rohan Boettcher BRA 77 76 153 11
MC Esteban Missura ECU 78 75 153 11
MC Nicolas Teuten URU 81 72 153 11
MC Richard Gibson Jr. BAH 78 75 153 11
MC Gustavo Morantes VEN 79 75 154 12
MC Geoffry Schacher HON 81 73 154 12
MC Erick Morales PUR 78 76 154 12
MC Gaston Bertinotti ARG 78 76 154 12
MC Max Alverio PUR 80 75 155 13
MC Ezequiel Prieto R VEN 76 79 155 13
MC Santiago Zubiate PER 75 80 155 13
MC Miguel Reyes Viacava URU 80 75 155 13
MC Ernesto Marin NCA 82 73 155 13
MC Kevin Ferris ISV 75 80 155 13
MC Facundo Alvarez URU 77 79 156 14
MC Marcos Aurelio Negrini BRA 78 78 156 14
MC Jarryd Dillas BER 81 76 157 15
MC Walker Campbell BER 76 81 157 15
MC Raul Carbonell PAN 77 80 157 15
MC Lucas Moreno COL 78 79 157 15
MC Sean Morris JAM 78 79 157 15
MC Konrad Brauckmeyer VEN 78 80 158 16
MC Sebastian Salazar ECU 78 81 159 17
MC Juan Ignacio Basagoitia CHI 85 74 159 17
MC Alejandro Restrepo VEN 82 78 160 18
MC Ernesto Martinez VEN 79 82 161 19
MC Stefan Holczer VEN 78 83 161 19
MC Matthew Brewster ESA 81 81 162 20
MC Paul Tsavoussis BAH 80 82 162 20
MC Julian Jordan BAR 80 83 163 21
MC Alberto Menacho PER 80 83 163 21
MC Rodrigo Sanchez DOM 86 79 165 23
MC Sebastian Patino PAR 85 80 165 23
MC Andres Russi CRC 79 86 165 23
MC Eugene Edwin LCA 86 80 166 24
MC Rodrigo Rodas GUA 89 80 169 27
MC Henry Kattan HON 92 78 170 28
MC Corey Devaux LCA 91 84 175 33
MC Jonathan Newnham JAM 89 87 176 34