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Pacheo wins ANNIKA Invitational Latin America

Junior Open runner-up Valeria Pacheo won the second ANNIKA Invitational Latin America at The Hurlingham Club in Buenos Aires.

A strong field of 47 girls aged between 12 and 18-years-old from 18 different Latin American countries competed at the championship supported by the ANNIKA Foundation and The R&A in Argentina.

Pacheo, who finished second behind current Boys Amateur champion Pedro Lencart at the 2016 Junior Open at Kilmarnock (Barassie) headed into the final round leading the field by five strokes after an impressive start that saw her record rounds of 70 and 69. The Puerto Rican finished the sealed the title with a 73 to see her finish on 212 (-1)  - six ahead of her nearest rival, Argentine Anacona Ela Belen.

The host country displayed its strength on the leaderboard with Rossa Valentina and Muguruza Pilar occupying the third and fourth spots. However, Pilar will be disappointed to miss out on a place in the starting field at The ANNIKA Invitational Europe with only the top three players earning an exemption.

At the awards ceremony Annika Sörenstam noted the high standard of play during the three days and congratulated the players on the attitude shown on and off the course. "Golf is very important, but it is not everything," said the Swedish ten-time major champion, adding, "you have to know how to have fun and enjoy it."

Throughout the week the competitors attended a seminar, listened to guest speaker Argentinian Olympic medallist in field hockey Vanina Oneta and took part in a golf clinic run by Annika and organised by The R&A and the Argentine Golf Association.

For more information on the event and the ANNIKA Foundation please visit annikasorenstam.com