Ecuador, host of the South American Amateur Open
After the break for the holidays of the end of the year, South American golf begins its action in the 2023 season, with the 17th edition of the South American Amateur Open, the youngest tournament in the region and that will be played in the Quito Golf Club in Ecuador.
For the second year in a row, the competition that crowns the best player in South America individually, will be played the 5 to the 8 of January, bringing together representatives of nine of our countries, as well as special guests from other continents.
This Tuesday, the host club got in tune with this start of the season, which will continue the following week with the Latin American Amateur Championship in Puerto Rico. Most of the golfers in the field this week will be there in Rúo Grande, giving this South American Open an important quality in the 72 holes scheduled.
The absence of the Argentinean Mateo Fernández de Oliveira, the best player in 2022 and the defending champion this year, open up the possibilities when it comes to try to guess the next champion. Meanwhile, in the women competition the Peruvian Daniela Ballesteros would try to keep the trophy one more year, responding to the good moment of the ladies’ golf in that country nowadays.
Also, the South American Amateur Open will present golfers from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, confirmed in both competitions, in the return of the presence of those players after the hard times of the pandemic.
The par-72 layout of the Quito Tennis & Golf Club, a club founded more than a century ago and in its current location since 1973, is the golf club with the longest tradition in Ecuador. Its narrow tree-lined course that requires good strategy and precision from the tee, and it has been the regular venue for more than a decade on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica. In fact, on one occasion (2018) the Quito Tennis & Golf Club was recognized as the most demanding course of the year.