Masters, USGA and R&A team up for new amateur event

Ken Venturi makes the final putt on the 18th green during the U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Congressional Country Club course in Bethesda, Md., on June 20, 1964. Despite suffering from severe dehydration and exhaustion due to the 100-degree heat, Venturi went to win the event with a score of 278.

Masters, USGA and R&A team up for new amateur event

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Masters, USGA and R&A team up for new amateur event

The Masters Tournament, the R&A and the USGA have teamed up for an amateur championship for Latin America, according to GolfDigest.com.

Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, USGA executive director Mike Davis and R&A chief executive Peter Dawson are scheduled to hold a press conference in Buenos Aires on Jan. 22, according to a press release in Spanish from an Argentine agency.

According to Golf Digest’s source, the event will start in January 2015.

This tournament should mimic the Asia-Pacific Amateur, which was introduced in 2009 by the Masters Tournament’s grow-the-game initiative.

It is not known if any exemptions would be given to the winner.

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