October 01, 2020

2021 Latin America Amateur Canceled Due to COVID-19

News, Amateur Golf

The 2021 Latin America Amateur Championship has been canceled due to complications presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Conducted by the USGA, The R&A and the Masters Tournament, the LAAC was scheduled to be played Jan. 14-17, 2021, at Lima Golf Club in Lima, Peru. Future championship plans will be announced at a later date.

Founded in 2014 by the Masters Tournament, The R&A and the USGA, the LAAC was established to further develop amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. The event annually moves to top courses throughout Latin America and showcases the sport’s rising talent in the region.

Notable alumni of the championship include 2018 LAAC champion Joaquin Niemann of Chile, Sebastian Munoz of Colombia and 2019 champion Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico. Niemann competed on the 2019 Presidents Cup International team and became the first Chilean to win a PGA Tour event with his victory at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in September 2019.

After winning the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship in 2019, Munoz finished in a tie for eighth in the 2020 PGA Tour playoffs.

Last year, Ortiz became the first player from Mexico to compete in the Masters since 1979, finishing as the runner-up for low-amateur honors.

The champion of the LAAC receives an invitation to compete in the Masters Tournament, The Open, The Amateur Championship, the U.S. Amateur Championship and any other USGA amateur championship for which he is eligible. The champion and runner(s)-up also receive an exemption into final qualifying for the U.S. Open.

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