(RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO) - The new year brings a new season of golf with the 2023 Latin America Amateur Championship in Rio Grande Puerto Rico this week.  The event is organized by the Masters Tournament, the R & A and the United States Golf Association.  The field consists of 108 of the region's top male amateurs.  It's a 72-hole stroke play event at Grand Reserve Golf Club.

In a media release, officials write: "The Championship aims to further develop the game of golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, and is supported by six Proud Partners: 3M, AT&T, Bank of America, Delta Air Lines, Mercedes-Benz and UPS. In addition, the LAAC is supported by two Scoring Partners: IBM and Rolex."

The event will be broadcast on ESPN2/ESPNEWS in the United States.  The Tournament begins with the First Round on Thursday, January 12 with play continuing through Sunday, January 15th.  Streaming can be found here.

Here is the original media release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2023
2023 Latin America Amateur Championship continues extensive international coverage


RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – The 2023 Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC), organized by the Masters Tournament, The R&A and the USGA, will continue the event’s extensive broadcast coverage while reaching more than 100 million homes around the world. The eighth edition of the Championship begins this Thursday, January 12 and concludes Sunday, January 15. The 108-player field comprised of the top male amateurs in the region will compete in the 72-hole, stroke-play event at Grand Reserve Golf Club in Puerto Rico.

The Championship aims to further develop the game of golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, and is supported by six Proud Partners: 3M, AT&T, Bank of America, Delta Air Lines, Mercedes-Benz and UPS. In addition, the LAAC is supported by two Scoring Partners: IBM and Rolex.
The high-definition broadcast includes three hours of live coverage on each of the four competition days. ESPN will provide event coverage in Puerto Rico, as well as throughout Latin America. Other broadcasters include Fox Sports (Australia), TSN (Canada), Warner Bros. Discovery Sports (throughout Europe), SBS Golf (Korea), SpoTV (Southeast Asia), SuperSport (Southern Africa), Sky Sports (United Kingdom) and ESPN2/ESPNEWS (United States). All of the coverage will also be streamed live on LAACgolf.com.

The broadcast’s English-speaking commentary team features Rich Lerner as host, Andy North as analyst, Iona Stephen and Colt Knost as on-course reporters and John Sutcliffe handling interviews.

Scheduled times for each round’s live broadcast are listed below, with all times eastern:

First Round Thursday, January 12 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Second Round Friday, January 13 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Third Round Saturday, January 14 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Final Round Sunday, January 15  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Championship highlights will air on Sunday, January 15, following the completion of play; viewers may check local listings for specific broadcast times.
The champion receives an invitation to compete in the 2023 Masters Tournament and an exemption into The 151st Open. The winner also receives full exemptions into The Amateur Championship, U.S. Amateur Championship and any other USGA amateur championship for which he is eligible and is exempt into the final stage of qualifying for the 2023 U.S. Open Championship. The runner(s)-up will be exempt into Final Qualifying for The 151st Open and the 2023 U.S. Open Championship.

For more information, please visit LAACgolf.com.

About the Latin America Amateur Championship

In 2014, the Masters Tournament, The R&A and the USGA announced the formation of the Latin America Amateur Championship in an effort to further develop amateur golf throughout the region, specifically in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. The Championship follows a model established by the Masters and The R&A at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship for the purpose of advancing the sport in that part of the world and creating heroes other aspiring golfers would emulate.

 

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