The club will host the inaugural Latin America Amateur Championship this week on Jan. 15-18, 2015. It will welcome the best amateur players from Central and South America and the Caribbean. The event will grant the winner an invitation to the Masters Tournament in 2015, as well as a full exemption into The Amateur Championship and the U.S. Amateur Championship. Additionally, the winner and the runner-up (and ties) will receive exemptions into final qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open Championship.
It didn’t take long after opening in 1992 for Pilar Golf to become well-known among golf courses in this country. Proof of that are the important championships it has hosted, including the Argentine Open (2006, 2011), the Argentina PGA Championship (2002, 2003) and the National Amateur Stroke-Play Championship (1994, 2000, 2005). Additionally, the course is the host site of the Argentine Golf Association’s High Performance Program.
“We felt extremely proud when we learned that Pilar Golf had been chosen for the first edition of the Latin America Amateur Championship,” said Bruno Misuraca, director of Pilar Golf. “It meant a lot to know that the founders of this championship – the Masters Tournament, The R&A and the USGA – visited several golf courses in the region and chose our golf course. Whether it was due to our facilities, the work we are carrying out on the golf course or the fact that we successfully hosted other important events, they realized we met the conditions to host this event. As we have the AAG Golf School in our premises, we have witnessed the enthusiasm that the young players feel for this coming LAAC. Having the chance to play at three majors is something really incredible.”
Misuraca highlighted the work that is being done in preparing the golf course for the LAAC and several improvements that were initiated with the championship in mind. “The year 2014 was very important for us because we decided to modernize our irrigation system,” he said. “It was something we had planned a long time ago and it was a very determining decision for the club. We will be the leading golf club amongst national courses. The new system has high-end technology, which will will allow for simpler maintenance and aims at a better presentation of the golf course, especially in the summer.”
The staff at Pilar Golf is ready. The honor of hosting this first event is something that has great value and drives them to showcase a perfect stage for the best amateur players in the central and southern part of the continent.
“In order to present the golf course in great shape, we count on the support of the Argentine Golf Association, and Director of Golf Courses Guillermo Busso,” said Matías Rómoli, superintendent at Pilar Golf. “Through them, we are in touch with the organizers of the event. The preferred conditions for the golf course are a regular rough height and fast greens, around 11.5 in the Stimpmeter, similar to what we had at the Argentine Open. When we went over the course with Ron Cross, director of operations at Augusta National, he was pleased with the layout and decided against major changes.”