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Tosti and Fyfe, McWilliam and Garces are leaders after first round in the South American Amateur Open in Argentina

Tosti and Fyfe, McWilliam and Garces are leaders after first round in the South American Amateur Open in Argentina

Alejandro Tosti, from Argentina, and Calum Fyfe, of Scotland, as well as Silvia Garcés (Colombia) and Shannon McWilliam (Scotland) became the first leaders in the XIII South American Amateur Open, first competition of the year in South America in 2018.

Tosti and Fyfe had scores of 67 (-5) in the hot morning session in the Martindale Country Club, host for second year in a row of this competition, while Garces and McWilliam, playing in the afternoon, signed both 68 (-4) to be in front in the women’s category

The competition, that has the support of the Royal And Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, brought together some of the best players from each of the 25 countries present at the start of the event that will conclude next Tuesday.

To the complications of the Martindale golf course, today there was an even biggest concern: the heat of the Argentinian Summer that pushed the thermometers to numbers above the 30 Celsius Degrees.

Tosti, this week the ninth best player in the world according to the WAGR, and Fyfe holds a one shot advantage over the Paraguayan Gustavo Silvero, the Mexican Aaron Terrazas, the Argentinean Horacio Carbonetti Jr, the Colombian Pablo Torres and American Scott Harvey, champion of the tournament three seasons ago in Peru.

“I started the day pretty well and had a great challenge after sending ball out of the course on a par 3. I had to stay focused and had the maturity to close a good round”, said Tosti.

McWilliam and Garces, in the afternoon, managed to keep pace from the beginning. The Britain took advantage of the par 5 of the golf course, keeping her scorecard in the red numbers during the day.

Garces, on the other hand, kept the performance that the previous year allowed her to be fourth in this same golf course, finishing with a couple of birdies in his last six holes to be also in the first position.

The Mexican Isabella Fierro, the defending champion this week, changed her fate with a comeback in the last nine holes of -4, is one shot away of the leaders, followed by the Peruvians Luisamarina Mesones and Daniela Ballesteros, the Colombian Camila Serrano, the Mexican Ingrid Gutiérrez and the Uruguayan Inés Rapetti.