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Amateur golfers head to Argentina in New Year

Thirty amateur golfers will travel to Argentina to compete in an international championship supported by The R&A.

The South American Amateur Championships get underway in January with a strong contingent of players from across Europe, including 2017 Boys Amateur Champion Pedro Lencart, making the trip to Martindale Country Club near Buenos Aires.

First played in 2006, the event is open to both men and women and was won last year by Isabella Fierro of Mexico and Paul Chaplet of Costa Rica.

Boys Amateur champion to compete

Pedro Lencart
The 2017 Boys Amateur champion Pedro Lencart will tee it up at Martindale in January.

Portugal’s Lencart has shone in R&A amateur events in recent times, winning the Junior Open at Kilmarnock (Barassie) on the eve of The 145th Open at Royal Troon. He followed that by defeating reigning champion Falko Hanisch 5&4 in the final of the Boys Amateur Championship at Nairn in August.

Lencart also helped the Continent of Europe seal victory against Great Britain and Ireland in the Jacques Leglise Trophy at Ballybunion in September and will target a similar performance when he arrives in South America alongside his compatriot Vitor Lopes, who will also tee it up at Martindale.

Strong GB&I contingent

Shannon McWilliam
Shannon McWilliam is one of four Scots competing at the South American Amateur Championships.

Hannah McCook, Shannon McWilliam, 2017 Scottish Order of Merit winner Calum Fyfe and Euan Walker will make the journey from Scotland. McWilliam will take confidence from her recent inclusion in the provisional GB&I squad to face the United States in the 2018 Curtis Cup at Quaker Ridge.

The Aboyne golfer’s fellow squad members, Emma Allen from England and Ireland pair Paula Grant and Annabel Wilson, will also take to the Martindale course as they bid to claim the South American Amateur title.

Paula Grant
Ireland’s Paula Grant will be aiming for a top finish at the South American Amateur Championships in January.

Making up the remainder from England are Georgia Price, former R&A Foundation Scholar Andrew Wilson and Jack Gaunt. 2017 Walker Cup squad members Alex Gleeson and Robin Dawson will represent Ireland in South America.

The Welsh contingent of four includes Bethan Morris, who finished fourth equal at Martindale in the 2017 event, as well as Kath O’Connor, Tim Harry and Ben Chamberlain.

Players from across the globe

The R&A will also support Matias Honkala from Finland, and three players from Iceland; Aron Juliusson, Helga Einarsdottir and Saga Traustadottir, together with four players each from Canada and New Zealand.

The 2018 South American Amateur Championships will be played 13 – 16 January. You can follow updates from the event at randa.org

Matias Honkala
Matias Honkala is one of thirty players The R&A is supporting to play in the championships.