SPECIAL ENVOY — The Peruvian Julián Périco signed this Friday a fantastic card of 66 strokes (-6) and, with an accumulated nine under par, he became the only leader of the Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC), the most prestigious amateur competition in Latin America, which in this edition is played in the Dominican Republic.
perico was, in the previous, one of the great candidates for the title, and here in the town of La Romana he is fulfilling the predictions. This Friday he left early in the morning and took advantage of the fact that at that time the wind did not blow too much in the Teeth of the dog field to round off an impeccable lap, with 6 birdies and no bogeys.
A Peruvian man from the University of Arkansas, in the United States, has three hits advantage over his escort, the Argentinian Segundo Oliva Pinto (who started this round as a leader), after a second round in which the weather played its part in Casa de Campo, the luxurious resort that hosts the contest.
After a morning of almost perfect conditions to play golf, with a sunny sky and some clouds, and not too hot, the afternoon was quite windy, which complicated several of the players who had departure times at noon.
oblivious to this, Perico lit up his hand in the second part of his tour, in which he went down five of the nine holes to stamp a -9 on the board which remained on top of everything until the end of the day.
He is pursued by the Argentine army. Behind his escort, Oliva Pinto, are also sharing third place with Albicelestes Abel Gallegos -defending champion- and Vicente Marzilio.
The second round established the qualifying cut at six shots over par, with which the eight Argentine and four Chilean participants earned their place to continue competing in the remaining two rounds.
The LAAC grants the champion an invitation to compete in two of the world’s professional majors: the Masters and the British Open. In addition, it enters directly into the final stages of qualifying for the US Open.
On the other hand, the champion receives complete waivers to contest The Amateur, the US Amateur Championship and any other USGA amateur championship for which he is eligible.