Buenos Aires, Argentina (SportsNetwork.com) - The United States Golf
Association, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and The Masters
Tournament announced Wednesday the formation of the Latin America Amateur
The new tournament will begin in 2015 and will be contested at Pilar Golf in
Buenos Aires, Argentina, from January 15-18.
The winner will receive an invitation to the Masters Tournament. The winner
and runner-up will also receive full exemptions into the Amateur Championship,
the U.S. Amateur Championship and any other USGA amateur championship for
which they are eligible.
"This new championship represents another wonderful opportunity in the
partnership that we enjoy with the Masters and The R&A to advance the amateur
game around the world," executive director of the USGA Mike Davis said in a
statement. "The USGA is committed to the long-term health and sustainability
of the game, and by partnering together we believe we can positively impact
this region of the world where golf is already growing."
Each of the 27 countries recognized by the International Olympic Committee
from the region will be automatically provided two positions in the
tournament, which will be filled by their highest-ranked players from the
World Amateur Golf Ranking as of Nov. 1, 2014.
If a country has fewer than two players in the rankings, the national golf
association will nominate one or two players accordingly. The rest of the
field will be filled with the next highest ranked players in the rankings.
The maximum number of players from any given country is six, with the
exception of the host country being allowed to have up to 10.
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