The complications left by the coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of the Latin American Amateur Championship that was to be played next January
He Latin America Amateur Championship 2021 (LAAC) was canceled due to complications presented by the pandemicto of Covid-19. This tournament, organized by the USGA, The R&A and the Masters Tournament, was scheduled to be played from January 14 to 17, 2021 at the Lima Golf Club in Lima, Peru.
So far, it is unknown when the most important tournament of the amateur golf at the Latin American level and it is expected that a new date will be announced in the following months.
The tournament was founded in 2014 by the Masters Tournament, The R&A and the USGA, this to develop the Golf amateur in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. The event moves annually to the best fields in Latin America and shows the growing talent of the sport in the region.
Among the winners of the contest there are elements that are already part of the PGA Tour such as the Chilean Joaquín Niemann, champion of the LAAC 2018 and the Colombian Sebastián Muñoz, top-10 in the LAAC 2015. Meanwhile, the Mexican Álvaro Ortiz, winner of the LAAC 2019, was also there.
Niemann competed on the 2019 Presidents Cup international team and became the first Chilean to win a PGA TOUR event with his victory in A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in September 2019.
For his part, Muñoz achieved his first victory on the most important circuit in the United States at the Sanderson Farms Championship in 2019 and last season he was eighth in the FedExCup Playoffs of the PGA Tour.
While Ortiz became the first player from Mexico to compete in the Masters since 1979 and finished as the second best amateur in the contest that is played at Augusta National.
Currently, the LAAC champion receives an invitation to compete in the Masters Tournament and The Open. In addition, you get full exemptions to contest The Amateur Championship, the US Amateur Championship and any other USGA amateur championships for which you are eligible, and are exempt for the final US Open qualifying stage.