PGA Tour Latinoamerica: 11 stops, 7 countries
The PGA Tour Latinoamerica has announced its schedule for its inaugural season. The schedule will consist of 11 events contested in seven countries throughout Latin America and run from September through December of 2012. The tour’s top players will be provided access to the Nationwide Tour.
The season will debut with two new events in Mexico, the Mundo Maya Open and the Monterrey Open. The tour then stops at the Colombian Open in Bogota, an event established in 1945.
The tour also swings through Brazil, Argentina, Peru and the Caribbean. The 2013 schedule will consist of two distinct swings: March to May and October to December.
“This schedule will provide a good test for players seeking a pathway to the next level of PGA Tour golf, the Nationwide Tour,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. “This is an important step for the PGA Tour and for professional golf with South America hosting its first-ever Olympic Games (in 2016), which includes golf’s return to the competition for the first time in more than 100 years.”
The PGA Tour Latinoamerica also has launched a bilingual (English and Spanish) informational website, www.pgatourla.com. The site contains a list of the players qualified to compete on PGA Tour Latinoamerica, the schedule and qualifying tournament information. A more detailed site with player bios, tournament-host venue and history information is set to launch in early June at the conclusion of the 2012 Tour de las Americas season.
A total of 43 players from eight nations already have qualified to play the PGA Tour Latinoamerica inaugural season. Ten more players will earn spots at the conclusion of the Tour de las Americas’ season on June 3, while other players can qualify at events in Argentina in June and Miami in July.
–Information from the PGA Tour used in this report.
PGA Tour Latinoamerica schedule
3-8: Mundo Maya Open; Yucatan Country Club, Merida, Mexico
10-16: Monterrey Open; La Herradura Golf Club, Monterrey, Mexico
17-23: Colombian Open; Club El Rincon de Cajica, Bogota, Colombia
1-7: Brazil Open; TBD, Sao Paulo, Brazil
8-14: Roberto De Vincenzo Invitational; San Eliseo Golf Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina
29-4: Peru Open; Los Inkas Golf Club, Lima, Peru
5-11: Dominican Republic Open; Cana Bay Golf Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
12-18: Puerto Rico Classic; Dorado Beach Resort (East Course), San Juan, Puerto Rico
26-2: Colombian Coffee Classic; Club Campestre de Cali, Cali, Colombia
3-9: Olivos Golf Classic - Copa Personal; Olivos Golf Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina
10-16: Argentine Open; Nordelta Golf Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina