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Chaplet and Fierro win South American Amateur titles

  • 2015 Latin America Amateur champion Paul Chaplet wins men’s event by two strokes
  • Isabella Fierro dominates the final round to win women’s event by ten shots
  • Fierro and Chaplet earn exemptions into European Amateur Championship

Paul Chaplet and Isabella Fierro have won the men’s and women’s competitions in the South American Amateur Championships at Martindale Country Club, Argentina.

Former Latin America Amateur champion Chaplet, settled for a final round of 69, which included six birdies, to finish on 14-under-par, two strokes ahead of Chilean Joaquin Niemann who took the runner-up spot on 12-under-par after also carding a 69.

Jack Davidson finished in third place after a 68 catapulted the Welshman five places up the leaderboard. He finished as the best placed player from Great Britain and Ireland with Irishman Conor O’Rourke sharing seventh place with Hugo Bernard and Marcus Montenegro on six-under-par.

Fierro led the women’s event wire-to-wire, dominating the final round to finish on 14-under-par, ten shots clear of joint runners-up Megan Helene Stasi and Julia Potter.

Despite experiencing a bogey and double bogey on the front nine, the Mexican demonstrated prolific form to notch up seven birdies in a round of 68.

American duo Stasi and Potter both posted rounds of 66, the lowest score of the day, to move up ten places on the leaderboard and claim second spot. Stasi was particularly impressive, carding six birdies and twelve pars as her game remained blemish free for the entire round. A

Wales’ Bethan Morris was the best placed player from Great Britain and Ireland. A 68 ensured she shared fourth spot alongside Silvia Garces and Ela Ancona tied on three-under-par.

Round 3 Wrap

Paul Chaplet and Isabella Fierro hold the overnight lead going into the final round of the men’s and women’s competitions in the South American Amateur Championships being staged at Martindale Country Club, Argentina.

Chaplet, a former Latin America Amateur Champion, posted a 66, the lowest score of the round, which included seven birdies. The Costa Rican moved up four places on the leaderboard to complete the round on 11-under-par, two shots ahead of Fernando Cruz Valle and Jaoquin Niemann, who both carded rounds of 70 to jointly hold second place on nine-under-par.

Marcus Montenegro, leader after the first two rounds, experienced a torrid front nine, dropping four shots. However, three birdies in a row on the final three holes ensured the Argentine remains in contention on eight-under-par despite a round of 73.

Following a round of 69, Wales’ Jack Davidson moved up three places to fifth position on six-under-par alongside former United States Walker Cup team member Scott Harvey.

Ireland’s Conor O’Rourke is one shot further back on five-under-par.

In the women’s competition, Fierro continued her fine form to finish the round four shots clear on 10-under-par. Six birdies were the highlight for the Mexican in a round of 67.

Delfina Acosta, who was joint leader after round two, now holds second place after a steady round of 71 left the Argentine on six-under-par.

Compatriot Ela Ancona moved up the leaderboard into third position after a strong performance saw her card four birdies in a bogey-free 68. She is joined by Magdalena Simmermacher, also of Argentina, on four-under-par.

Sofia Garcia’s hopes of making it a hat-trick of South American Amateur Championship titles look distant after the defending champion completed the round nine shots off the pace on one-under-par.

The best placed player from Great Britain and Ireland is Bethan Mann from Wales, who is in joint eighth position on one-over-par.

Round 2 Wrap

The South American Amateur Championships has reached the halfway point after completion of the second round. In the women’s competition, Isabella Fierro and Delfina Acosta share the joint lead, while Marcus Montenegro maintained his position as the outright leader in the men’s competition.

Leading by one stroke overnight, Fierro was joined by Acosta at the top of the leaderboard on five-under-par 139 after the Argentine carded a fine round of 67 which included five birdies on the homeward stretch. Fierro recovered from two consecutive bogeys on the 14th and 15th to pick up birdies in the final three holes to post a steady round of 71.

Four strokes behind on one-under-par 143 is defending champion Sofia Garcia, while a group of seven players sit one shot further back on level par.

Paula Grant of Ireland and Wales’ Bethan Morris are one-over-par and two-over-par respectively.

In the men’s competition, Montenegro still leads the way on nine-under-par 135 but found his overnight lead cut by two shots as Fernando Cruz Valle and Jaoquin Niemann finished their rounds on seven-under-par.

Latin America Amateur Championship runner-up Niemann posted the low round of the day, 66, including seven birdies to move into contention, while Cruz Valle recovered from a bogey on the opening hole to post a 67 that featured six birdies.

Last year’s Latin America Amateur Champion Paul Chaplet and former South American Amateur champion Scott Harvey are two shots further back on five-under-par 139.

The best placed players from Great Britain and Ireland are Jack Davidson on three-under-par 141, while Lee Jones, Alex Gleeson and Conor O’Rourke are on two-under-par. 

Round 1 Wrap

Marcus Montenegro and Isabella Fierro lead the way after the first round of the men’s and women’s competitions in the South America Amateur Championship being staged at Martindale Country Club, Argentina.

Argentine Montenegro delighted the home following by carding a seven-under-par 65 to lead a group of five players tied for second place by four strokes.

Among the group include 2016 Latin America Amateur Championship winner Paul Chaplet and Ireland’s Conor O’Rourke.

One shot back on two-under-par are former South America Amateur champion Scott Harvey, who was also part of the United States’ Walker Cup team at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2015, R&A Foundation Scholar Alex Gleeson, Fernando Cruz Valle and Daniel Hilier.

Chilean Toto Gana, who won last week’s Latin America Amateur Championship in Panama, and compatriot Joaquin Niemann, who finished joint runner-up, are among four players on one-under-par.

In the women’s competition, Nierro posted a round of 68 to top the leaderboard on four-under-par, one stroke ahead of Ela Ancona, whose 69 leaves her in second place on three-under-par.

Ireland’s Paula Grant sits one shot further back from Ancona on two-under-par after a round of 70.

Defending champion Sofia Garcia of Paraguay is bidding for a hat-trick of South America Amateur Championship titles and is in contention on one-under-par alongside Agustina Gomez and Amelia Garvey.

The starting field for the South America Amateur Championship includes 123 players, 72 men and 51 women.

The winners this week will gain automatic access into the men’s and women’s European Amateur Championship being played at Walton Heath and Lausanne later this year.

The R&A is supporting the participation of over thirty players this week, including sixteen from Great Britain and Ireland.

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