Canada’s Chris Crisologo and Paraguay’s María Fernanda Escauriza were crowned champions at the South American Amateur in Chile.
First played in 2006, the event is open to both men and women and supported by The R&A. This year's championship took place at Los Leones Golf Club in Santiago, Chile.
Successful title defence
Crisologo successfully defended the men’s title he won last year in Argentina with a playoff victory over Costa Rican, Luis Gagne, on the second extra hole after both players finished on seven-under-par. Gagne found the bunker with his approach on the second playoff hole which paved the way to the title for a second successive year for Crisologo. With his victory, the Canadian secured a place in the starting field for the European Amateur Championship to be played in June in Austria.
The highest placed player from GB&I was England’s Thomas Plumb, finishing in joint third position at six-under-par after four rounds of stroke play.
Commenting on his successful title defence, Crisologo said, “This is a different victory, it’s a very different course. It was a privilege to be here and it was a very fun week at the end.”
In the women’s event, Escauriza completed a dominant victory with a 12-under-par total of 276, finishing eight shots ahead of the chasing pack and the only player in the field to go under-par in all four rounds. She will now play in the European Ladies Amateur Championship in England in July as a result of her wire-to-wire win.
Current GB&I Curtis Cup squad member, Scotland’s Shannon McWilliam, took eighth place on two-over-par whilst 2018 Curtis Cup teammate Paula Grant recorded a final round of one-under-par 71, to finish tied for fifth and rose 35 places in the field on the final day.
“I am very happy with my game because the truth is that I was very stable all four days. I am very excited to have won this tournament,” said Escauriza, who replaces fellow Paraguayan Milagros Chávez as the South America Amateur Champion.
Find out more about the South American Amateur at saamateur.org.