Santiago De la Fuente became the second Mexican to win the Latin America Amateur Championship after edging out his compatriot Omar Morales at Santa Maria Golf Club in Panama City, Panama on Sunday.
Starting the day three shots behind Morales, De la Fuente produced an excellent six-under-par 64 in blustery conditions to lift the Latin America Amateur trophy and secure his place in the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 and The 152nd Open at Royal Troon.
De la Fuente finished with a 10-under total of 270, two shots clear of Morales with their nearest rivals Mateo Fuenmayor of Colombia and Justin Hastings from the Cayman Islands finishing in third and fourth at three-under and two-under, respectively.
Morales started the day in pole position, but a two-shot swing occurred on the second when he bogeyed as De la Fuente made birdie. The pair each tallied three birdies and one bogey throughout the remainder of the front nine, with Morales holding on to his one-shot lead at the turn.