Buenos Aires, Argentina:
Miguel for inviting us to your beautiful country in which to make today’s exciting
announcement. It is always a pleasure to visit Argentina, whose people are as
passionate about golf as those of any nation in the world. Conducting
world-class championships could not be possible without the strong support of
organizations like the Asociacion Argentina de Golf, and we all are grateful
for your leadership and collaboration.
also wish to thank our host venue, Pilar Golf, especially Juan, for their
commitment to serve as the inaugural site of the Latin America Amateur and for
your hospitality this week. Given its
undulating topography and beautiful landscape, Pilar Golf, which has twice
hosted the Argentina Open and other national events, will surely deliver a wonderful
test of the game to the region’s very best amateur players.
And a very
heartfelt thanks to my colleagues, Peter Dawson and Billy Payne. Our trip here
together and this joint endeavor represent another significant milestone in our
friendship and in the long commitment that our three organizations share in
advancing the game of golf around the world.
is an honor for the United States Golf Association to be part of the
development and founding of the Latin America Amateur Championship -- a
meaningful new competition aimed at inspiring greater participation in the game
across the Western Hemisphere. Golf truly transcends borders, and all of us
here today share a common passion for the game and its enduring values and
traditions that bring us closer together.
connection to the game in Latin America spans over a century to 1905, when
Willie Smith, the head professional at Mexico City Country Club, became the
first entrant from Latin America into the United States Open.
From that very
beginning to the present day, the USGA’s connection to the game in this region
has continued to grow. From the 14 times that your countries have hosted our
World Amateur Team Championships to the Latin American players who have won 11
USGA competitions, including Argentina’s own Angel Cabrera, winner of the 2007
U.S. Open (who has joined us here today), the USGA’s connection to golf across
this region of the world is strong.
America Amateur Championship that we are announcing today is an exciting new
opportunity to advance our shared commitment to preserve, foster and develop
the amateur game.
part, the USGA is pleased to bring our capabilities and expertise in conducting
national and international amateur championships to this endeavor.
also pleased to announce that, beginning in 2015, the champion of the Latin
America Amateur will receive a full exemption into the U.S. Amateur
Championship and any other USGA amateur championship for which he is eligible
and, along with the runner(s)-up, an exemption into final stage qualifying for
the United States Open, America’s national championship. Given the 10,000
entrants from around the world and the highly competitive nature of U.S. Open
qualifying, we believe our exemption to the Latin America Amateur winner is
significant and will be exciting to the player who earns it.
founding partners of the Latin America Amateur, we are excited about the impact
this competition can have on the emerging new era in the game’s history. The
return of golf to the Olympic Games in 2016 has spurred expansion of the game
around the world. From Asia to South and Central America, and to Mexico, golf
is growing as new cultures embrace the game. With the development of this new championship,
we are all helping to advance golf’s global footprint.
of the USGA, it has been an honor to address you today, and to have been
included in the founding of the Latin America Amateur. Together with Augusta
National and The R&A, we look forward to leading its long-term success.