Perico Finishes 6th at Latin America Amateur
FAYETTEVILLE – Razorback sophomore Julian Perico, representing his native Peru, fired a final-round 69 and moved up three spots to finish sixth (tied) at the 2020 Latin America Amateur Championship, played at El Camaleón Golf Club in Mayakoba, Mexico.
This was the sixth year of the Latin America Amateur Championship and Perico’s fourth time playing the event. He tied for fourth as the youngest player in the field (17 years old) in 2017. Perico tied for 13th in 2018 and tied for 25th last year.
Perico carded rounds of 76-73-73-69 for his 72-hole score of 290. In the final round, he birdied holes 3, 4, and 5 to make the turn with a 3-under 33. Perico also birdied the 455-yard, par-4 14th hole. He dropped shots on holes 15 and 16 but finished with two pars to card his 2-under-par 69.
Luis Garza, who has played in all six Latin America Amateur Championships, missed the cut this season and has a career-best finish of 11th. Future Razorback Juan Camilo Vesga also missed the cut this season. He was playing in his second LAAC, placing 43rd last year.
The Latin America Amateur Championship is a joint venture through the Masters Tournament, The R&A and the USGA in an effort to further develop amateur golf throughout Latin America. The winner will be invited to the 2020 Masters and receive exemptions into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and U.S. Open in 2020.
Former Razorback Alvaro Ortiz won the 2019 LAAC and tallied two runner-up finishes.
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