CLUB DE GOLF DE PANAMA SELECTED AS HOST VENUE
LA ROMANA, Dominican
Republic -The third edition of the Latin America
Amateur Championship (LAAC) will be conducted from January 12-15,
2017, at Panama City's Club de Golf de Panama. The announcement was
made today during the 2016 LAAC, which is currently being contested
at Casa de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic.
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.
Each year, the LAAC champion receives an invitation to
compete in the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. 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
champion is also awarded full exemptions into The Amateur
Championship, U.S. Amateur Championship and any other USGA amateur
championship for which he is eligible.
The inaugural LAAC in 2015 was played at Pilar Golf in
Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Matias Dominguez won the title and
became the first Chilean to compete in the Masters in more than 50
years. With the 2016 LAAC taking place at the Dominican Republic's
Teeth of the Dog course at Casa de Campo, the organizers have taken
the championship to South America and the Caribbean and look
forward to taking it to Central America in 2017.
"As golf has continued to grow in our country, Panama
has attracted prestigious golf tournaments, and we feel very
fortunate to host and welcome this premier championship to Panama
for the first time," said Jorge Loaiza, President of Asociacion de
Golf de Panama. "Our organization shares the commitment of the
Masters Tournament, The R&A and the USGA to advance the sport,
and we look forward to working with them to stage next year's Latin
America Amateur Championship at the distinguished Club de Golf de
Panama is a country of 3.9 million people and has 11
golf courses. Founded in 1922, Club de Golf de Panama opened its
first 18-hole golf course in Via Porras, San Francisco, in 1932.
While there, the course ushered in what many consider a "golden
era" for golf in Panama in the 1950s as the host of the Panama Open
Championship. The event boasts an impressive list of winners,
including Sam Snead, Doug Ford, Art Wall, Arnold Palmer and
Argentina's Roberto De Vicenzo, and was held there until the club
moved to Cerro Viento in 1974.
In 1977, the club opened its current location, which
is now 15 minutes from Panama City following the construction of a
new highway. Jay Riviere and Charles Schaeffer designed the 18-hole
course under the watchful eye of club member Carlos Arosemena
Since 2004, Club de Golf de Panama has been the venue
of the Web.com Tour's Panama Claro Championship. The club is
equipped with world-class facilities and also prides itself on its
strong familial tradition.
"We are honored to host the third Latin America
Amateur Championship and be a part of this important effort to
promote the game," said Club de Golf de Panama President Gilberto
Arosemena. "Club de Golf de Panama has a long history of welcoming
golfers from throughout our region and around the world. We are
proud to have been selected and look forward to contributing to the
invaluable opportunity the LAAC presents for talented amateurs
across Latin America."
This week's 2016 LAAC in the Dominican Republic
features a 108-strong field of the leading male amateurs in Latin
America. Television coverage includes two hours of live broadcast
across 140 countries on each of the four days of play. Free
admission is also offered to patrons of the LAAC at Casa de
information about the LAAC, including latest news, schedule,
spectator information and a roster of players competing, please
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