LATIN AMERICA AMATEUR
Dominguez Leads By One Entering Final Round of LAAC January 16, 2015 | Buenos Aires, Argentina By Ron Driscoll, USGA

Matias Dominguez, of Chile, carded seven birdies in Saturday's third round of the Latin America Amateur. (Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

Matias Dominguez, of Chile, birdied the final three holes of Round 3 to assume a one-stroke lead entering the final round of the inaugural Latin America Amateur Championship at 7,255-yard, par-72 Pilar Golf.

Dominguez, 22, a senior at Texas Tech University, offset a double bogey on the par-5 13th hole with six birdies on the inward nine to complete a round of 3-under-par 69 for a 10-under-par total of 206. He leads Alejandro Tosti, 18, of Argentina, who was sparked by an eagle 3 on the par-5 13th hole en route to a round of 4-under-par 68 and a three-round total of 9-under 207.

Dominguez is four shots clear of Juan Sebastian Munoz (71-210), of Colombia, and Joaquin Bonjour (73-201), of Argentina, and five strokes ahead of Andre Tourinho, the second-round leader, who suffered a triple-bogey 7 on the 15th hole in a round of 75 for a 211 total.

The winner on Sunday will earn an exemption into the 2015 Masters Tournament, the Amateur Championship (conducted by The R&A) and the U.S. Amateur Championship (conducted by the United States Golf Association), as well as spots in final qualifying for The Open 2015 and the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I got off to a slow start,” said Dominguez. “It took a while to adapt to the greens. But on the back nine, I started gaining a lot of confidence and telling myself that I could make every possible putt.”

Dominguez is seeking to become just the second player from Chile to play in the Masters, joining Enrique Orellana, who missed the cut in 1964.

“It’s been a while since I’ve led a tournament,” said Dominguez, who is No. 421 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR). “I’m used to coming from the back. I will just try to stay in the present and go shot-by-shot.”

Dominguez is one of three players from Texas Tech in the field, including Guillermo Pereira, also of Chile, who is the top-rated player here, at No. 6 in the WAGR. Pereira shot even-par 72 on Saturday for a 3-under-par total of 213, tied for 10th place.

Tosti, 18, who will enroll at the University of Florida later this month, thought his round of 68 could have been even better.

“Today, I missed three short putts,” said Tosti, who trains at the Argentine Golf Association’s performance center, located at Pilar Golf. “But I know I’m playing really well, and it’s a really good position. With all my experience playing here, I think I have an advantage.”

Gaston Bertinotti, 19, of the host country, had the day’s low round of 6-under 66. The sophomore at Campbell University in North Carolina held a share of the first-round lead at 68, but struggled to a 6-over 78 in Round 2. He is tied for sixth place at 4-under 212 with countryman Santiago Bauni (72), Alvaro Ortiz (71), of Mexico and Juan Alvarez (74), of Uruguay. A player from Uruguay has never competed in the Masters.

Second-round leader Tourinho shared the lead with Tosti at 10 under when he got to the 15th hole, a 416-yard par 4. He hooked his drive into the water, and found the water again after a penalty drop. He followed up the triple bogey by narrowly missing a pair of birdie putts, then bogeyed the final hole.

“I was not hitting the ball well, but still managing to stay competitive,” said Tourinho, 24, a graduate of the University of Tulsa who is a member of the Brazilian National Team. “It’s a shame that I made the triple bogey, but I still believe there’s a chance tomorrow.”

Ron Driscoll is the manager of editorial services for the USGA. Email him at rdriscoll@usga.org.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Scores from the third round of the inaugural Latin America Amateur Championship at the 7,255-yard, par-72 Pilar Golf course:

Matias Dominguez, CHI - 72-65-69--206

Alejandro Tosti, ARG - 69-70-68--207

Joaquin Bonjour, ARG - 69-68-73--210

Juan Sebastian Muñoz, COL - 69-70-71--210

Andre Tourinho, BRA - 70-66-75--211

Juan Alvarez, URU - 68-70-74--212

Alvaro Ortiz, MEX - 68-73-71--212

Santiago Bauni, ARG - 72-68-72--212

Gaston Bertinotti, ARG - 68-78-66--212

Jose Luis Montaño, BOL - 71-73-69--213

Jose Mendez, CRC - 73-68-72--213

Guillermo Pereira, CHI - 71-70-72--213

Santiago Gomez, COL - 69-75-70--214

Matias Simaski, ARG - 73-71-71--215

Luis Gerardo Garza, MEX - 72-73-70--215

Jorge Garcia, VEN - 71-75-70--216

Santiago Mejia, COL - 76-73-67--216

Erick Juan Morales, PUR - 77-72-68--217

Nicolas Echavarria, COL - 72-71-74--217

Alvaro E. Ortiz, CRC - 71-72-75--218

Dorian Delmas, PAR - 71-73-75--219

Esteban Restrepo, COL - 73-74-72--219

Jesus Dario Montenegro, ARG - 71-78-70--219

Robi Calvesbert, PUR - 72-73-74--219

Roberto Ruiz, MEX - 77-72-71--220

Rodrigo Rivas Muñoz, CHI - 71-74-75--220

Edward Figueroa, PUR - 72-74-74--220

Ian Facey, JAM - 68-77-75--220

Lucas Rosso, CHI - 69-72-79--220

Joaquín Niemann, CHI - 75-72-73--220

Juan Miguel Heredia, ECU - 73-75-73--221

Daniel Gurtner, GUA - 78-73-70--221

Ivan Camilo Ramirez, COL - 78-68-75--221

José Narro, MEX - 69-78-75--222

Aaron Terrazas, MEX - 73-71-78--222

Jaime Lopez Rivarola, ARG - 69-77-76--222

George Trujillo, VEN - 75-73-74--222

George Scanlon, BOL - 72-77-74--223

Herik Machado, BRA - 76-74-73--223

Jarryd Dillas, BER - 74-78-71--223

Jose Andres Miranda, ECU - 75-75-73--223

Sebastian Barnoya, GUA - 72-79-72--223

Pedro Junqueira, BRA - 72-75-76--223

José Pablo Rolz, GUA - 73-73-77--223

José O. Rodriguez, PUR - 73-77-74--224

Talin Rajendranath, TTO - 74-74-76--224

Paul Chaplet, CRC - 72-71-81—224

Juan Ignacio Garmendia, ARG - 71-73-81--225

Daniel Kenji Ishii, BRA - 72-74-79--225

Sergio Roman, ECU - 76-75-74--225

Andres Gallegos, ARG - 75-72-79--226

Alejandro Perazzo, VEN - 76-73-77--226

Devaughn Robinson, BAH - 75-75-76--226

Patrick Sanchez, MEX - 79-71-76--226

Gustavo Silva, CHI - 77-74-76--227

Tomaz Pimenta Pinheiro, BRA - 77-73-78--228

Jeronimo Esteve, PUR - 71-75-82--228

Matthew Marquez, TTO - 74-74-80--228

Wolfgang Pedal, PER - 77-75-77--229

Marcelo Wilde, BOL - 72-78-79--229

Jonathan Newnham, JAM - 73-77-79--229

Juan Jose Guerra, DOM - 75-77-80--232

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