Buenos Aires, Argentina (SportsNetwork.com) - The United States Golf Association, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and The Masters Tournament announced Wednesday the formation of the Latin America Amateur Championship.
The new tournament will begin in 2015 and will be contested at Pilar Golf in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from January 15-18.
The winner will receive an invitation to the Masters Tournament. The winner and runner-up will also receive full exemptions into the Amateur Championship, the U.S. Amateur Championship and any other USGA amateur championship for which they are eligible.
"This new championship represents another wonderful opportunity in the partnership that we enjoy with the Masters and The R&A to advance the amateur game around the world," executive director of the USGA Mike Davis said in a statement. "The USGA is committed to the long-term health and sustainability of the game, and by partnering together we believe we can positively impact this region of the world where golf is already growing."
Each of the 27 countries recognized by the International Olympic Committee from the region will be automatically provided two positions in the tournament, which will be filled by their highest-ranked players from the World Amateur Golf Ranking as of Nov. 1, 2014.
If a country has fewer than two players in the rankings, the national golf association will nominate one or two players accordingly. The rest of the field will be filled with the next highest ranked players in the rankings.
The maximum number of players from any given country is six, with the exception of the host country being allowed to have up to 10.