With Augusta National and The Masters looking to grow the game of golf, Masters invites are being extended to parts of the world that have rarely thought of having amateurs getting an invite to Augusta National. The Latin America Amateur Championship is one of those.
Alvaro Ortiz, who’s older brother Carlos Ortiz play’s on the PGA Tour, is doing something his brother hasn’t been able to do yet, play in The Masters. Alvaro Ortiz’s closing round of 66 was enough to hold of Luis Gagne for a two stroke win to win his first LAAC championship.
With his win, Ortiz has plans for the second weekend of April. He’ll be playing alongside the likes of Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, and other PGA Tour stars in the 2019 Masters. He’ll be staying an amateur until the Masters. With his win, Ortiz is exempt into the final qualifying rounds of the U.S. Open and the Open Championship.