Perico, Garza and Vesga Set to Play in LAAC
FAYETTEVILLE – Three Razorbacks – two current and one future – will play in the 2020 Latin America Amateur Championship, which will be contested Jan. 16-19 at El Camaleón Golf Club in Mayakoba, Mexico. Current Razorbacks include senior Luis Garza, representing Mexico, and sophomore Julian Perico, representing Peru. Also participating will be Arkansas signee Juan Camilo Vesga, representing Colombia.
This is the sixth year of the Latin America Amateur Championship. Garza has played in each of the previous five Championships while this will be Perico’s fourth time playing the Championship and Vesga’s second.
The event 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 LAAC last season. He went on to make the cut at the 2019 Masters and was the second-highest placing amateur. Ortiz was LAAC runner-up in 2018 and 2017.
Perico finished in a tie for 25th last season, shooting a 2-over-par 290 (77-65-74-74). He tied for fourth in 2017 and tied for 13th in 2018. In 2017, Perico, the youngest player in the field at 17, shot a 6-under-par 64, which included a 29 on his first nine holes of the day, and held a one-stroke lead after round one.
Garza missed the cut last season with previous finishes of 37th, 38th, 44th and 11th.
Vesga placed 43rd last season shooting rounds of 72-73-83-69.
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