Thirty amateur golfers will travel to Chile next month for the 2020 South American Amateur Championships with support from The R&A.
The South American Amateur Championships are being played at Club de Golf Sport Francais in Santiago from 8-11 January and a strong contingent of men and women golfers from Canada, England, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland and Wales will compete thanks to funding provided by The R&A.
Notable players among the group include Scotland’s Shannon McWilliam, who featured in the 2018 Curtis Cup for Great Britain and Ireland, and 2019 Scottish Open Amateur champion, Jake Bolton from England.
Also travelling are Darcey Harry and Ffion Tynan of Wales, who competed for Great Britain and Ireland in this year’s Junior Vagliano Trophy, and Ireland’s John Murphy, who won the 2018 St Andrews Links Trophy and played for Ireland in the 2018 Eisenhower Trophy at Carton House.
It is the eighth consecutive year that The R&A has provided funding support to players from outside South America to play in the championships.
Prestigious golf event
Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development and Amateur Championships, said, “The South American Amateur Championships give male and female elite amateur golfers from all over the world the opportunity to start the New Year in style by competing in this prestigious event.
“The R&A is again supporting the participation of thirty players from outside of South America in an event which continues to grow in stature each year. We are all looking forward to enjoying a memorable week in Chile.”
Men and women competing
First played in 2006 and supported by The R&A since its inception, the event is open to both men and women and was won last year by Canada’s Chris Crisologo, for the second year in a row, and Maria Escauriza of Paraguay.
The South American Amateur champions will receive exemptions into the European Amateur Championship events being played in Finland (women) and France (men) next year. These events offer exemptions into the AIG Women’s British Open and The 149th Open for the winners.
Golfers who have previously played in the South American Amateur Championships include 2019 Solheim Cup winner Bronte Law, 2015 Women’s PGA champion Brooke Henderson, Walker Cup players Ashley Chesters, Euan Walker, Paul McBride and David Boote, Curtis Cup team-mates Paula Grant and Shannon McWilliam, and Pedro Lencart Silva, a former R&A Boys Amateur and Junior Open champion.
The South American Amateur Championships will be the first international event of 2020 and you can follow scoring and updates at the event here https://www.saamateur.org/en/welcome/