2020 Results

17-Year-Old Gallegos Captures Argentina’s First LAAC Victory

Playa del Carmen, MEXICO: Abel Gallegos of Argentina pictured at the 2020 Latin America Amateur Championship at Mayakoba’s El Camaleón during the Final Round on January 19th, 2020. (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

Date: 16-19 January 2020
Venue: Mayakoba’s El Camaleón, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Par: 36-35–71
Length: 7,003
Opened: 2006

Argentina’s Abel Gallegos used a combination of power and panache to claim his country’s first victory at the Latin America Amateur Championship, shooting a dazzling four-under-par 67 on Sunday to win by four strokes at Mayakoba’s El Camaleón Golf Club. Mexico’s Aaron Terrazas inspired the home fans with a thrilling late charge and a 67 to finish runner-up, while Colombia’s Jose Vega shot 74 to take third place.

With the victory, the 17-year-old Gallegos became the second-youngest LAAC champion and earned exemptions into a pair of especially coveted tournaments: the 2020 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club and The 149th Open at Royal St George’s in July. He can also play in The Amateur Championship, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA amateur event for which he is eligible, including the final stage of qualifying for the 120th U.S. Open at Winged Foot.

Gallegos, who hails from the small town of 25 de Mayo, about two hours outside of Buenos Aires, learned the game on a modest nine-hole course named Las Mulitas, or Little Mules, but will be the 14th Argentine and just the third amateur from Argentina to compete in the Masters Tournament.

Vega made a surge in the middle of the championship, shooting 65 in the second round on Friday to seize the lead and held it after a 72 on Saturday. After three days of high winds on the Riviera Maya, the conditions for the final round were more conducive to scoring. The field produced just 10 rounds under par in the first three days combined, but 12 players broke par on the last day including Terrazas, who played one group in front of the leaders and birdied three of his last six holes to apply some pressure.

Gallegos, however, couldn’t be caught. Starting the day two shots behind Vega, Gallegos made a slick par on the opening hole when he snaked an approach shot from out of the jungle up to the green while Vega bogeyed. Gallegos pulled level with a birdie on No. 3, then zoomed away from Vega and the rest of the field with masterful closing kick. Gallegos made just one double bogey all week and played his final 20 holes in six under par. He birdied the last hole to finish in style.

Venue Information: Opened in 2006, El Camaleón was designed by two-time Open Champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman. In 2007, the course became the home of the Mayakoba Golf Classic, the first official PGA TOUR event to be contested outside the U.S. and Canada. El Camaleón plays along a stretch of crystal-clear freshwater canals surrounded by mangrove and limestone walls. The 18-hole layout features paspalum grass, two holes along the Mexican Caribbean Sea and distinctive hazards, including cenotes (sink holes) and extensive bunkers.

POS PLAYER COUNTRY R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL SCORE
1 Abel Gallegos ARG 73 70 70 67 280 -4
2 Aaron Terrazas MEX 72 74 71 67 284 E
3 Jose Vega COL 74 65 72 74 285 +1
4 Ivan Camilo Ramirez COL 68 76 72 72 288 +4
5 Gabriel Morgan Birke CHI 70 73 73 73 289 +5
T6 Benjamin Saiz-Wenz CHI 74 70 75 71 290 +6
T6 Julian Perico PER 76 73 72 69 290 +6
8 Segundo Oliva Pinto ARG 74 72 76 69 291 +7
T9 Lukas Roessler CHI 70 72 76 74 292 +8
T9 Emilio Gonzalez MEX 74 78 69 71 292 +8
T11 Matias Dominguez CHI 77 74 73 69 293 +9
T11 Andy Schonbaum ARG 77 69 78 69 293 +9
T13 Andrey Xavier Borges BRA 77 69 78 70 294 +10
T13 Chris Nido PUR 77 77 72 68 294 +10
T13 Guilherme Nunes Grinberg BRA 73 74 74 73 294 +10
16 Agustin Errazuriz CHI 80 74 71 71 296 +12
T17 Horacio Carbonetti ARG 74 72 74 77 297 +13
T17 Toto Gana CHI 77 78 72 70 297 +13
T19 Carlos Bustos CHI 78 73 73 74 298 +14
T19 Mateo Fernandez De Oliveira ARG 73 77 78 70 298 +14
T19 Andres Caballero MEX 77 75 76 70 298 +14
T19 Camilo Avila BOL 77 73 75 73 298 +14
T19 Jesus Montenegro ARG 78 71 76 73 298 +14
T24 Jose Miguel Ramirez VEN 76 75 72 76 299 +15
T24 Juan Cayro Delgado DOM 74 77 74 74 299 +15
T24 Omar Morales Nacif MEX 78 74 77 70 299 +15
T24 Rodrigo Sol ESA 76 75 77 71 299 +15
T28 Santiago Quintero VEN 75 76 77 74 302 +18
T28 Alvaro Ortiz CRC 78 71 77 76 302 +18
T28 Jarryd Dillas BER 81 72 75 74 302 +18
T28 Justin Hastings CAY 76 78 75 73 302 +18
32 Enrique Valverde DOM 73 76 79 75 303 +19
T33 Santiago De la Fuente del Valle MEX 77 75 79 73 304 +20
T33 Nicolas Escobar ECU 74 80 77 73 304 +20
T33 Lucas JH Park BRA 76 77 77 74 304 +20
T36 Fred Biondi BRA 81 72 80 72 305 +21
T36 Daniel Gurtner GUA 77 78 76 74 305 +21
T36 Gabriel Ruiz Trevino MEX 74 78 76 77 305 +21
T39 Eduardo Carrete MEX 76 76 81 74 307 +23
T39 Renato Naula ECU 75 76 81 75 307 +23
41 Juan Francisco Mejia COL 72 80 81 75 308 +24
T42 Justin Burrowes JAM 78 75 83 73 309 +25
T42 Pablo Castellanos GUA 76 77 82 74 309 +25
T42 Lucas Rosso CHI 78 74 80 77 309 +25
T42 Miguel Ordonez PAN 78 74 76 81 309 +25
T46 Daniel Faccini COL 77 78 83 74 312 +28
T46 Paul Chaplet CRC 76 76 80 80 312 +28
T46 Pedro Baek Bang PAR 75 77 83 77 312 +28
49 Eduardo Galdos PER 77 77 80 80 314 +30
50 Patricio Freundt-Thurne PER 76 76 79 85 316 +32
51 Ricardo Davila GUA 81 74 82 81 318 +34
52 Kevin Ferris ISV 78 76 81 86 321 +37
T53 Alejandro Madariaga MEX 73 83 156 +14
T53 Jan Hellema CHI 81 75 156 +14
T53 Max Alverio PUR 80 76 156 +14
T53 Miguel Reyes URU 77 79 156 +14
T53 Patrick Sparks PER 77 79 156 +14
T58 Nicolas Cimadevilla ECU 82 75 157 +15
T58 Devaughn Robinson BAH 81 76 157 +15
T58 William Knibbs JAM 76 81 157 +15
T58 Konrad Brauckmeyer VEN 78 79 157 +15
T58 Santiago Bustamante COL 79 78 157 +15
T58 Santiago Chamorro COL 83 74 157 +15
T58 Andrew Jarvis CAY 79 78 157 +15
T65 Ezequiel Prieto VEN 80 78 158 +16
T65 Simon Correa COL 78 80 158 +16
T65 Luis Ruiz MEX 75 83 158 +16
T65 Jorge Luciano Melendez GUA 79 79 158 +16
T69 Cristian Terceros BOL 82 77 159 +17
T69 Jorge Villar MEX 78 81 159 +17
T69 Erick Morales PUR 78 81 159 +17
T69 Andres Aranguren PUR 83 76 159 +17
T69 Daniel Cano PAR 82 77 159 +17
T69 Ernesto Marin NCA 79 80 159 +17
T75 Matheus Park BRA 83 77 160 +18
T75 Sachin Kumar TTO 81 79 160 +18
T75 Esteban Missura ECU 85 75 160 +18
T75 German Tagle ARG 83 77 160 +18
79 Gabriel Vanososte TTO 85 76 161 +19
T80 Luis Gerardo Garza MEX 84 78 162 +20
T80 Luis Cargiulo PAN 82 80 162 +20
T80 Felix Dominguez Olaizola VEN 81 81 162 +20
T83 Rhadames Pena DOM 79 84 163 +21
T83 Juan Ignacio De Giacomi ARG 87 76 163 +21
T83 Jeronimo Esteve PUR 77 86 163 +21
T86 Daniel Kenji Ishii BRA 86 78 164 +22
T86 Anders Axelsson PAN 79 85 164 +22
T86 Juan Camilo Vesga COL 84 80 164 +22
T86 Kevin Donegan O’Connell ISV 81 83 164 +22
T90 Juan Pablo Diaz Munoz ECU 86 79 165 +23
T90 Ian Aldarondo PUR 88 77 165 +23
T90 Smith Galvez Chavez PER 87 78 165 +23
T90 Alejandro Restrepo VEN 82 83 165 +23
T94 Felipe Garces Garzon ECU 86 80 166 +24
T94 Walker Campbell BER 87 79 166 +24
T94 Felipe Darquea ECU 82 84 166 +24
T97 Ricardo Mendez VEN 84 83 167 +25
T97 Paul Tsavoussis BAH 83 84 167 +25
T97 Pablo Lacayo NCA 81 86 167 +25
T100 James Johnson BAR 84 86 170 +28
T100 Iz Hustler BAR 92 78 170 +28
T102 Facundo Alvarez URU 87 86 173 +31
T102 Tino Flores ESA 86 87 173 +31
104 Yadhu Urs LCA 95 93 188 +46
105 Victor Charles LCA 102 99 201 +59
106 Desinor Pierre HAI 95 112 207 +65
107 Geoffry Schacher HON 99 WD WD WD
108 Alejandro Villavicencio GUA WD WD WD