The 2016 South American Amateur Championships get underway next week in Lima, Peru with a strong contingent of players taking part from overseas.
Thirty players from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Canada, Finland, Portugal and, for the first time, New Zealand will take part in the event with the support of The R&A.
First played in 2006, the South American Amateur Championships are open to men and women and were won last year by US Walker Cup player Scott Harvey and Sofia Garcia from Paraguay, who will both defend their titles.
Among the players competing this year is former professional and reinstated amateur Barry Hume from Scotland. Hume played in The Open at Royal Troon in 2004 and at Royal Birkdale in 2008. He will be joined by England’s Bronte Law, who is currently fourth in the World Amateur Golf RankingTM.
Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Working for Golf at The R&A, and Donald Turner, Chairman of the Golf Development Committee, will attend the event at Lima Golf in the centre of the city.
“We have supported the South American Amateur Championships since their inception ten years ago and have been impressed with their growing stature in the game,” said Weir. “They provide an excellent early season opportunity for leading men’s and women’s players from all over the world to compete at this level.”
The 2016 South American Amateur Championships take place from January 21 – 24. For more information visit www.saamateur.org.