The Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC) which will take place in Teeth of the Dog in Casa de Campo from January 17 to 20, 2019 was presented to the most important media in the Dominican Republic. The press lunch was headed by Mark Lawrie, The R & A Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, who was also accompanied by Rafael Villalona, President of the Dominican Golf Federation and Jason Kycek, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Casa de Campo. “It is very gratifying for the organizers of the Latin America Amateur Championship to know that we are going back to Casa de Campo and we are convinced that this edition will be even better than the very successful LAAC of 2016. The championship that is about to celebrate its five year has grown and matured exponentially. We see a huge evolution, both in the organization and in the players. All countries are interested in hosting the event in the coming years, of which 4 or 5 have possibilities to achieve it, “said Lawrie, who was pleased by the renewed enthusiasm of the local press and Fedogolf for the return from LAAC to the country.
For his part, Villalona expressed his gratitude to the Founding Members of the tournament for having once again chosen the Dominican Republic to host this prestigious event. “We are very happy that the LAAC will be played again in Casa de Campo next January, its 2016 edition has left us a very important legacy and its contribution was fundamental to help the growth of this sport. It has put us on the map and has allowed us to develop even more as a Federation. We have been able to help many young people who were excited to see the LAAC in their country, “said the director.
Meanwhile, Kycek referred to all the work and improvements made in Casa de Campo that those who travel to see the tournament will be able to enjoy. “We are very happy to receive again an event of this category in our resort. It is a true honor and privilege to host the championship organized by the Masters Tournament, The R & A and the USGA. We are looking forward to the start of the event and wish to welcome everyone with open arms. ”
Founded by the Masters Tournament, The R & A and the USGA, the Latin America Amateur Championship was created to further develop amateur golf throughout the region, and specifically in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. The inaugural event of the LAAC was played in 2015 at Pilar Golf, Buenos Aires, Argentina and was won by the Chilean Matías Domínguez. In 2016 the Costa Rican Paul Chaplet triumphed in the second edition of the LAAC in Teeth of the Dog in Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic. In 2017 the Chilean Toto Gana lifted the cup at the Golf Club of Panama. And in 2018 the Chilean Joaquín Niemann won the title at the Prince of Wales Country Club, in Santiago, Chile.
The benefits granted by the LAAC are unprecedented in Latin American golf: the winner of the Latin America Amateur Championship will have the chance to play in three Majors, as it ensures a place in the Masters Tournament 2019 and gets, along with the runner-up (s), the exemption to participate in the final qualifying stages with the possibility of entering The 148th Open, which will be played at Royal Portrush, and the US Open, which will take place at Pebble Beach next year. In addition, the champion earns a place in The Amateur Championship and U.S. Amateur of 2018, like any other amateur championship of the USGA for which he is eligible.
Information and pictures courtesy of LAAC and Casa de Campo