Echavarria among local talent at Bogota Open

Andres Echavarria
Andres Echavarria ( Tracy Wilcox )

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Andres Echavarria, No. 21 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, wasn’t with the Florida Gators at the John Hayt Invitational. Instead, he was in his home country of Colombia, preparing for the Nationwide Tour’s Bogota Open.

Echavarria, of Medellin, won last month’s Gator Invitational for his second career college title.

Florida ties run deep at the Bogota Open. Former Gator Camilo Villegas serves as the tournament’s honorary ambassador. Last year, he played in the pro-am of the inaugural Bogota Open the same week as the Honda Classic. He won the Honda by five.

Camilo’s younger brother, Manuel, also will play in Bogota. He finished 15th in last year’s championship. Manuel also played at Florida and is a past Gator Invitational Champion.

Camilo Benedetti, a former Florida All-American, also is in the field, as is Diego Velasquez, a first-team All-American at Oregon State last season. Velasquez earned his place in the field by finishing 16th at last week’s Panama Claro Championship on a sponsor exemption.