Scott Harvey and Sofía García, winners of the South American Amateur Golf Championship
Alzamora ranked among the best Peruvians and was close to obtaining the title. De Souza ranked tenth in the Women’s category
US golfer Scott Harvey and Paraguayan player Sofía García (in the Men´s and Women´s categories, respectively) were the winners of the 10th edition of the South American Amateur Golf Tournament played at the Lima Golf Club in Peru. With a total of 279 strokes (-9), Harvey left Brazilian player André Tourinho behind by two strokes. Tourinho finished second after a triple tie breaker with Peruvian Patricio Alzamora and Chilean Joaquín Niemann. On the other hand, García moved up with a total of 294 strokes (+6) and took the lead by a minimum score, overtaking Mexican golfer María Fassi, who won in the playoff and beat Paraguayan player Milagros Chávez, Scot player Gemma Dryburgh and Irish player Maria Dunne.
Among the local golfers, the best player in the Women’s category was Simone de Souza who totaled 301 strokes (+13) and finished in the tenth place. On the other hand, the two fifteen-year old youngsters from the San Bartolo Junior Golf School of the Peruvian Golf Federation’s Golf for Everyone Program showed good performance. This has been a great experience for them. Andrés Cáceres played a worthy role and ranked 58th with a total of 310 strokes (+22). On the other hand, Hubert Nieto ranked 68th with a total of 337 strokes (+49).
“I knew I had to go out and fight this Sunday. I had to make a great score. I started out well but a couple of bogeys in mid round held me back. But anyway, I am happy with my performance. I have realized I can match up to the best players in the world”, assured Peruvian golfer Alzamora.
“I am happy to be the best Peruvian player. I expected a better result. I made some mistakes that made me fall behind in the leaderboard. I am looking forward to a rematch next year”, said Peruvian player Simone De Souza.
“I played well throughout the tournament and I was a little nervous at the end, but luckily I was able to keep my stand. The key for me was to remain calm, to think about my game and to play golf well. I am very happy about this victory”, stated Harvey. This victory has ensured him a place in the Amateur Championship in Europe and soon he will be playing in the Masters Tournament.
“Playing in the Masters will be a dream come true. I am going to go to the course this week to practice and I can’t wait for the tournament to start. I also have many expectations for having qualified to the European Amateur Championship, which is one of the most important events. It is a new challenge for me”, added the Native Tar Heel.
In the Women’s category, Sofía García had a dream final, finishing in the next-to-the-last group thanks to the 66 strokes (-6) she made on Saturday, which was her best round in the championship. “I am very thrilled. It was a nerve-wracking final. I thought that with the double bogey on the 18th hole, my chances of winning were gone, but we were all in the same situation and luckily I was able to get the title. I played very well, especially yesterday and I was very confident today”, highlighted the 16-year old girl who trained at the Asunción Golf Club. “I am now going to work very hard so I can represent Paraguay and South America in the best way possible,” stated García, who ensured the first victory for her country in this championship.
This is the second time the tournament is played in Peru. As a result, the country will be organizing the next two editions.
The South American Amateur Golf Tournament was organized by the Peruvian Golf Federation and by the South American Golf Federation, with support from the R&A and the Lima Golf Club. In addition, for the first time, the USGA sent an official delegation to take part in this prestigious championship. It is worth mentioning that the organizers have carried out an excellent job and the golf course was in top conditions. Undoubtedly, they met the challenge of organizing one of the most important worldwide golf amateur events.