2017 Results

Gana Cards Playoff Birdie to Become Chile´s Second LAAC Champion

Panama City, Panama:Tomas Gana of Chile winner of the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship at the Club de Golf de Panama during Round Four on January 15th . (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

Tomas Gana of Chile, winner of the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship at the Club de Golf de Panama. (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

Date:            January 12-15, 2017
Venue:        Club de Golf de Panama, Panama
Par:              35-35-70
Length:       7,142 yds
Opened:      1977

Tomas “Toto” Gana, of Chile, captured a dramatic win in the third Latin America Amateur Championship with the tournament’s first-ever playoff. The 19-year-old calmly clinched a birdie putt on the second playoff hole to become the LAAC’s second Chilean champion.

With the victory, Gana earned an invitation to the 2017 Masters Tournament, as well as exemptions into The Amateur Championship (conducted by The R&A) and the U.S. Amateur Championship (conducted by the USGA). He also earned spots in final qualifying for The 146th Open and the 2017 U.S. Open.

Playing in the final group of the day with fellow countryman Joaquin Niemann and Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz, Gana used a birdie on the par-4 15th hole to open a two-stroke lead over his playing partners.

Gana staggered down the stretch, saving pars with a pair of putts on Nos. 16 and 17 and then bogeying the 18th as Niemann and Ortiz used birdies on the 17th to tie him after 72 holes at one-under-par 279. Gana made a gutsy up-and-down on the first playoff hole to save par and tie his fellow two competitors to extend their head-to-head battle.

On the second playoff hole, the 386-yard, par-4 No. 10, Niemann bunkered his approach and Ortiz found the green, but left himself with a long, difficult putt. Hitting last from 99 yards, Gana used his 52-degree wedge and sent the ball two feet from the hole to set up an easy birdie putt.

“I hit the best shot I’ve hit in my whole life, at the best time,” said Gana, 19, who entered the LAAC at No. 285 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. “I’ve never felt this feeling in my body before.”

Ortiz and Niemann carded a par and bogey, respectively, to finish as joint runners-up. Despite his close call, Niemann was happy for his close friend’s victory.

“I believe he deserves it 100 percent, with all the sacrifice he makes,” said Niemann. “I am very happy for him and I’m waiting for next year so I can have my chance.”

Venue Information
Founded in 1922, Club de Golf de Panama opened its current location in 1977, which is now 15 minutes from Panama City following the construction of a new highway. Jay Riviere and Charles Schaeffer designed the 18-hole course under the watchful eye of club member Carlos Arosemena Lacayo. The Club has been the venue of the Web.com Tour’s Panama Claro Championship since 2004.

2017 Results

POS PLAYER COUNTRY R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL SCORE
1 Toto Gana * CHI 68 71 69 71 279 -1
T2 Alvaro Ortiz MEX 71 70 67 71 279 -1
T2 Joaquin Niemann CHI 72 70 67 71 279 -1
T4 Julian Perico PER 64 75 72 69 280 E
T4 Alvaro E. Ortiz CRC 71 66 73 70 280 E
T6 Jose Luis Montano BOL 67 72 75 69 283 +3
T6 Raul Pereda MEX 69 71 75 68 283 +3
T8 Miguel Ordonez PAN 67 76 68 73 284 +4
T8 Nicolas Echavarria COL 67 72 71 74 284 +4
T8 Andres Gallegos ARG 73 66 75 70 284 +4
11 Eithel McGowen PER 71 69 72 73 285 +5
T12 Cristobal del Solar CHI 70 72 72 72 286 +6
T12 Alejandro Tosti ARG 74 74 70 68 286 +6
T14 Mateo Gomez COL 70 77 71 69 287 +7
T14 Matias Dominguez CHI 70 78 71 68 287 +7
T16 Alejandro Villavicencio GUA 65 73 74 76 288 +8
T16 Jesus Dario Montenegro ARG 72 71 74 71 288 +8
T16 Paul Chaplet CRC 71 75 74 68 288 +8
T16 Manuel Torres VEN 73 68 73 74 288 +8
T16 Lucas Rosso CHI 71 74 74 69 288 +8
T16 Matias Lezcano ARG 72 73 73 70 288 +8
T22 Luis Fernando Barco PER 70 74 74 71 289 +9
T22 Carlos Ardila COL 75 69 75 70 289 +9
T24 Gustavo Silvero PAR 71 73 74 72 290 +10
T24 Alejandro Restrepo VEN 73 76 68 73 290 +10
T26 Gustavo Chuang BRA 69 72 77 73 291 +11
T26 Gaston Bertinotti ARG 68 75 73 75 291 +11
T26 Santiago Gomez COL 68 76 74 73 291 +11
T26 Claudio Correa CHI 75 72 74 70 291 +11
T30 Jorge Garcia VEN 71 76 71 74 292 +12
T30 Devaughn Robinson BAH 74 73 73 72 292 +12
T30 Juan Jose Guerra DOM 73 74 73 72 292 +12
T30 Jaime Lopez Rivarola ARG 74 71 79 68 292 +12
34 Rafael Miranda Ponce ECU 70 77 74 72 293 +13
T35 Pablo Andres Torres Hernandez COL 73 75 75 71 294 +14
T35 Sebastian Lopez COL 75 71 74 74 294 +14
37 Gabriel Morgan Birke CHI 75 73 72 75 295 +15
T38 Herik Machado BRA 71 67 79 79 296 +16
T38 Luis Gerardo Garza MEX 75 69 73 79 296 +16
40 Pedro Nagayama BRA 72 75 77 73 297 +17
T41 Talin Rajendranath TTO 74 72 75 77 298 +18
T41 Gustavo Morantes VEN 71 77 76 74 298 +18
T43 Marcos Aurelio Negrini BRA 72 76 78 73 299 +19
T43 Jeronimo Esteve PUR 68 78 78 75 299 +19
T43 Alejandro Valenzuela BOL 75 74 78 72 299 +19
T43 Ian Facey JAM 75 73 77 74 299 +19
47 Jose Andres Miranda ECU 71 76 77 76 300 +20
48 Alejandro Perazzo VEN 73 76 77 77 303 +23
49 Kevin Donegan O’Connell ISV 73 75 78 79 305 +25
50 Max Alverio PUR 77 69 85 77 308 +28
51 Jose Narro MEX 71 78 84 77 310 +30
MC Juan Miguel Heredia ECU 75 75
MC Sebastian Barnoya GUA 76 74
MC James Johnson BAR 76 74
MC Rohan Boettcher BRA 76 74
MC Esteban Missura ECU 77 73
MC Liam Bryden TTO 75 75
MC Andy Schonbaum ARG 73 77
MC Horacio Carbonetti ARG 74 77
MC Sebastian Salazar ECU 74 77
MC Mike Dunne PAN 78 73
MC James Yoon PAR 69 82
MC Daniel Kenji Ishii BRA 72 79
MC Sachin Kumar TTO 74 77
MC Santiago Urrutia PER 75 77
MC Fernando Cruz Valle MEX 73 79
MC Juan Carlos Serrano MEX 74 78
MC Payten Wight CAY 74 78
MC Raul Carbonell PAN 74 79
MC Daniel Gurtner GUA 79 74
MC Ivan Camilo Ramirez COL 78 75
MC Walker Campbell BER 76 77
MC Jose Guillermo Lewis PAN 75 79
MC Enrique Valverde DOM 75 79
MC Erick Juan Morales PUR 80 74
MC Luis Cargiulo PAN 72 82
MC Ernesto Marin NCA 75 79
MC Pablo Castellanos GUA 77 77
MC Alfredo Ruiz MEX 76 79
MC Mario Carmona MEX 74 81
MC Alonso Palma PER 73 82
MC Geoffry Schacher HON 79 76
MC Bobby Moore ESA 75 80
MC Daniel Faccini COL 79 77
MC Jose Mendez CRC 77 79
MC Rodrigo Sol ESA 76 81
MC Sergio Roman ECU 77 80
MC Nicholas Teuten URU 79 78
MC Chicho Vaccaro PAR 80 77
MC Michael Wight CAY 77 80
MC Jonathan Newnham JAM 80 78
MC Jarryd Dillas BER 80 78
MC Matthew Marquez TTO 77 81
MC Carlos Clement PAN 78 80
MC Steven Kemp BAH 78 83
MC Henry Kattan HON 82 80
MC Andres Russi CRC 80 82
MC Jorge Luciano Melendez GUA 77 85
MC Trevor Levine ISV 80 83
MC Eugene Edwin LCA 83 81
MC Scott Stollmeyer BAR 85 79
MC Sebastian Smith CHI 76 89
MC Facundo Alvarez URU 83 82
MC George Scanlon BOL 82 84
MC Corey Devaux LCA 83 87
WD George Trujillo VEN 71 70 77
WD Agustin Tarigo URU 72
WD Felipe Strobach PER 78

* Won on second playoff hole