Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz Finally Achieves His Dream at 2019 Latin America Amateur Championship
Date: 17-20 January 2019
Venue: Teeth of the Dog, Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic
Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz dazzled on the second nine of his fifth and final appearance at the Latin America Amateur Championship to seal a two-stroke victory at the Teeth of the Dog Course at Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic.
With his victory, the Guadalajara native earned an invitation to compete in the 2019 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 148th Open at Royal Portrush and the 2019 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach.
“When I was a freshman, I remember seeing maybe a couple of guys from Chile, from Argentina, a couple from Brazil and Mexico,” Ortiz stated. “When I was a senior, it just stunned me that every single tournament you go to, there’s at least five to six Latin American players. It just shows you how much this tournament has helped grow the game and how much people are interested in now going to seek the best competition there is.”
With three previous top-three finishes in the event, Ortiz found himself trailing by two strokes with just ten holes to play in Sunday’s final round. His subsequent bogey-free second nine included three birdies and an eagle, highlighted by a near hole out of his approach from the 17th fairway, leading him to a final-round 6-under-par 66 for a tournament total 14-under-par 274.
Ortiz, who turned professional after competing in the 2019 Masters Tournament, finished as the Low Amateur Runner-Up at Augusta National, shooting a 2-under-par 286. He became just the second amateur golfer from Mexico to compete in the Masters Tournament, and the first Masters invitee from Mexico in 40 years.
Venue Information: Designed by Pete Dye, Teeth of the Dog at Casa De Campo features seven holes along the Atlantic Ocean and is routinely ranked one of the best courses throughout Latin America. Case De Campo also served as the host of the 2016 Latin America Amateur Championship, won by Paul Chaplet.