Notes: Chile, Venezuela Among LAAC Stalwarts

PANAMA CITY, Panama – Venezuela was the lone country or territory in the 3rd Latin America Amateur Championship to have all of its players make the 36-hole cut. The 108 players in the starting field, who represent 27 nations and territories, were striving to be among the top 50 players (and ties) to advance to Saturday’s third round.

A total of 52 made the cut by posting scores of 9-over-par 149 or better at the Club de Golf de Panama, which is playing to a par of 70.

Venezuela’s six starting players all made it to the third round, one fewer than Chile, which had seven players advance; one of Chile’s eight players missed out. All of the Venezuelan players will not complete the championship, however: George Trujillo withdrew on Sunday morning, citing a wrist injury. Manuel Torres was the top player from Venezuela starting the final round, tied for 10th place at 4 over par.

Argentina (6 of 8) and Colombia (6 of 8) had the next-highest totals, while Brazil (4 of 6) and Mexico (4 of 8) were next. Two of Chile’s players – Toto Gana and Joaquin Niemann – are in the final grouping on Sunday, and are hoping to join Matias Dominguez as LAAC champions from their country.

Other notes and statistics heading into Round 4:

  • For the first time, there is a tie atop the leader board after three rounds of the LAAC.
  • 22 players have made the cut in all three LAACs. This number includes Alvaro Ortiz, of Mexico, who made the cut in 2016, but was disqualified prior to the start of the third round for signing an incorrect scorecard. Ortiz is tied for the lead through three rounds here.
  • The average age of the post-cut players is 22.46. Alvaro E. Ortiz, 48, of Costa Rica, is the oldest player for the third consecutive year and is tied for fourth place through 54 holes.
  • The youngest player to make the cut was 17-year-old Julian Perico, of Peru. Perico, who broke the championship’s 18-hole scoring record with a 6-under 64 in Round 1, was one of three 17-year-olds to make the cut. Perico is tied for sixth through 54 holes.
  • Post-cut field by age:
    • 17-19 – 13 players
    • 20-24 – 32 players
    • 25-29 – 1 player
    • 30-34 – 3 players
    • 35 and older – 3 players
  • Post-cut top-ranked players in the WAGR:
    • 5 – Joaquin Niemann, Chile (solo third through three rounds)
    • 34 – Matias Dominguez, Chile (T-29 through three rounds)
    • 39 – Jorge Garcia, Venezuela (T-20)
    • 40 – Alejandro Tosti, Argentina (T20)
    • 41 – Claudio Correa, Chile (T-37)
    • 64 – Cristobal del Solar, Chile (T-10)