One of the premier amateur championships in Latin America will be conducted for the first time in “Tierra Azteca” to celebrate its sixth edition, after the successful events held in Argentina, the Dominican Republic (twice), Panama and Chile. The LAAC will be held at Mayakoba’s El Camaleón on the Riviera Maya, January 16-19, 2020. The championship will welcome the 108 best amateurs in the region, who will all vie to receive the life-changing rewards that are bestowed upon the champion.
Founded by the Masters Tournament, The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA), the LAAC was established to further develop amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. The event has been competed on top courses throughout Latin America and showcases the sport’s rising talent in the region, including past LAAC champion Joaquin Niemann of Chile, who competed in the 2018 Masters and is a recent winner in the PGA TOUR.
Each year, the LAAC champion receives an invitation to compete in the 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 are exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open Championship.
The awards presented to the champion and runner(s)-up of the LAAC are clear representations of the belief that the Founding Partners have in amateur golf in the region.
When Alvaro Ortiz holed out the last putt in Casa de Campo to become the first Mexican to win the Latin America Amateur Championship, the Masters, The R&A and the USGA began to work on the arrival of the championship in Mexico. From its infrastructure and championship-caliber conditions, Mayakoba’s El Camaleón, which hosts the PGA TOUR’s Mayakoba Golf Classic in November, will be a tremendous test of golf for Latin America’s top amateurs come January.
When the Founding Partners started this championship, the intended goal was to grow the game in Latin America. And after six years, the growth and development of players in the field and the heightened levels of competition on an annual basis are indicators of the impact that championship is making in the region. The 2020 LAAC promises to be another exciting entry in the legacy of this championship.