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Fernández de Oliveira and Escauriza, leaders in Chile

Fernández de Oliveira and Escauriza, leaders in Chile

The Argentinean Mateo Fernández de Oliveira and the Paraguayan María Fernanda Escauriza started as leaders this Thursday in the South American Amateur Open, the first competition of the new year in South America and that is played unitl next Sunday at the Los Leones Golf Club in Santiago de Chile

Fernández de Oliveira and Escauriza confirmed their outstanding golf present by dominating a field composed of players representing the ten South American nations and 15 countries invited.

Fernández de Oliveira, current leader of the National Ranking in his country, ratified his condition as one of the most promising junior golfers in the region with a score of 65 (-7).

Member of the winning team in the 2018 South American Junior Championship in Colombia and a member of the Argetinean team in the World Amateur Team Golf Championship last September, Fernández de Oliveira recorded three initial birdies and closed his first nine holes in 30, just before two bogeys and three more birdies in his last nine.

The also Argetinean Horacio Carbonetti is second in 67 (- 5), with his countrymen Martin Contini and Leandro Correa, as well as the Chilean Carlos Bustos, the Costa Rican Luis Gagne and the English Thomas Plumb, all together in the fourth place. .

In the women competition, Escauriza also demostrated a great level of golf with an opening round of 69 (-3), ahedad by one shot of the local players, Paz Echeverría.

The leader, member of the two-time champion team in the Copa Los Andes, scored a ‘birdie’ and a double ‘bogey’ in her first nine holes, recovering from 10 to 18 with four ‘birdies’.

The Paraguayan also took advantage of the mistake suffered by Echeverría in the last hole (‘bogey’) for ‘score’ of 70 (-2) and to be second alone.

Chilean Antonia Matte, a golfer that plays in the host club this week, and Argentinean Pilar Muguruza, with 71 (-1), share the third place, ahead of a group of three players conformed by the New Zealand’s Momoka Kobori, the Uruguayan Sofia García Austt and Colombian Cristina Ochoa