The 2019 Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC), organized by the Masters Tournament, The R&A and the USGA, will continue the event’s extensive broadcast coverage reaching millions of homes around the world.
The fifth edition of the championship takes place January 17-20, 2019, with the 108-player field comprised of the top male amateurs in the region competing in the 72-hole, stroke-play event at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic.
The event, which aims to further develop the game of golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, is supported by five Proud Partners: 3M, AT&T, Delta Air Lines, Mercedes-Benz and UPS. In addition, the event is supported by two Scoring Partners: IBM and Rolex.
The championship’s high-definition broadcast includes two hours of live coverage on each of the four competition days. ESPN will provide event coverage in this year’s host country, as well as throughout Latin America. Other broadcasters include ESPN2 (United States), Fox Sports (Australia), SuperSport (Southern Africa) and TSN (Canada). All of the coverage will also be streamed live on the official event website, LAACgolf.com.
The broadcast’s English-speaking commentary team features Rich Lerner as host, Andy North as analyst, Dottie Pepper and Paul Gow as on-course reporters, and John Sutcliffe handling interviews.
Scheduled times for each round’s live broadcast are listed below, with all times local to the Dominican Republic:
First Round: Thursday, Jan. 17: 4-6 p.m.
Second Round: Friday, Jan. 18: 4-6 p.m.
Third Round: Saturday, Jan. 19: 12-2 p.m.
Final Round: Sunday, Jan. 20: 12-2 p.m.
Championship highlights will air on Sunday, January 20, following the completion of play; viewers can check local listings for specific broadcast times.
The LAAC champion receives an invitation to compete in the 2019 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, as well as full exemptions into The Amateur Championship, U.S. Amateur Championship and any other USGA amateur championship for which he is eligible. In addition, the winner and the runner(s)-up will be exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush and the 119th U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach.
Spectators are encouraged to attend, and entry into Casa de Campo for the 2019 Latin America Amateur Championship will be free. For more information, please visit LAACgolf.com.