The 2018 Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC), organized by the Masters Tournament, The R&A and the USGA, will be broadcast on five continents, reaching millions of homes around the world. The fourth edition of the championship will take place January 20-23, 2018, with a 108-player field comprised of the top male amateurs in the region competing in the 72-hole stroke-play event at Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago, Chile.
The event, which aims to further develop the game of golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, is supported by six Proud Partners: Delta Air Lines joins the LAAC as Proud Partner for the first time along with 3M, AT&T, Mercedes-Benz, Samsung and UPS. In addition, the event is supported by two Scoring Partners: IBM and Rolex.
European Tour Productions will produce the high-definition broadcast of the championship, 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 Paul Gow as on-course reporters, and John Sutcliffe handling interviews.
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 Santiago, Chile:
First Round: Saturday, Jan. 20: 3-5 p.m.
Second Round: Sunday, Jan. 21: 3-5 p.m.
Third Round: Monday, Jan. 22: 12-2 p.m.
Final Round: Tuesday, Jan. 23: 12-2 p.m.
Championship highlights will air on Tuesday 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 ESPN and ESPN2 (United States), Eurosport (Europe), Fox Sports Asia, Fox Sports Australia, SuperSport (Southern Africa) and TSN (Canada). All of the coverage will also be streamed live on the official event website, LAACgolf.com.
The LAAC champion receives 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 is eligible. In addition, the winner and the runner(s)-up will be exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The 147th Open at Carnoustie and the 2018 U.S. Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills.
Spectators are encouraged to attend, and entry into Prince of Wales Country Club for the 2018 Latin America Amateur Championship will be free.