The seventh edition of the Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC), one of the most important amateur golf competitions on the continent, It will take place at Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, Dominican Republic, from January 20 to 23, 2022.
LAAC 2021, originally scheduled for January 14-17 at the Lima Golf Club in Peru, was canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Founded by the Masters Tournament, The R&A, and the United States Golf Association (USGA), LAAC was created to further develop amateur golf throughout the region, and specifically in South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
The championship is held annually on the best courses in Latin America and showcases the growing talent of the sport in the region, including winners on the PGA TOUR and Olympic athletes in Tokyo 2020 such as the Chilean Joaquín Niemann (2018 LAAC champion) and the Colombian Sebastián Muñoz.
The LAAC champion will receive an invitation to the 2022 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club and an invitation to play The 150th Open at St Andrews. In addition, the winner will obtain full exemptions to play The Amateur Championship, the US Amateur Championship and all other USGA amateur championships for which he is eligible and will be exempt from the final stages of qualification for the 122th US Open to be played at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
In addition, the player or players who finish in second place will enter directly into the final qualifying phases to enter The 150th Open and the 122th US Open Championship.
For the third time, the world-renowned Teeth of the Dog track in Casa de Campo will host the championship. Designed by Pete Dye and built in the early 1970s, Teeth of the Dog has seven holes along the Atlantic Ocean and is considered one of the best golf courses in Latin America and the number one design in the Caribbean. It is worth remembering that the Costa Rican Paul Chaplet won the LAAC 2016 in Casa de Campo by one stroke, and the Mexican Álvaro Ortiz dazzled in the second nine holes to obtain that long-awaited victory at Teeth of the Dog in 2019.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome the best fans in the region back to Casa de Campo and host the Latin America Amateur Championship again. Teeth of the Dog is a beautiful and challenging place to host this championship. Our team enjoys the opportunity to continue our wonderful partnership with the Masters Tournament, The R&A and the USGA, and this edition will serve to showcase the ever-expanding talent in our region, ”commented Andrés Pichardo Rosenberg, President of Casa de Campo.
In 2015, Chilean Matías Domínguez won the inaugural event by one stroke at Pilar Golf, Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2016, the Costa Rican Paul Chaplet triumphed in the second edition of the LAAC at Teeth of The Dog in Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic. Toto Gana’s triumph in 2017 at the Panama Golf Club marked the first definition through a playoff. The following year, Joaquín Niemann, then number one in the world amateur rankings, continued Chile’s dominance at LAAC when he won by five strokes in his hometown of Santiago at the Prince of Wales Country Club. In his fifth and final LAAC appearance in 2019, Mexico’s Álvaro Ortiz scored a two-stroke victory at Casa De Campo in the Dominican Republic. In the last edition, the debutant Abel Gallegos from Argentina achieved the triumph in 2020 at El Camaleón de Mayakoba, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.