(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL December 20, 2012)—PGA TOUR Latinoamérica will contest 15 events in nine countries across Latin America in 2013 to be played in two swings. Building on a successful inaugural season, the Tour will add the 82 year old Abierto del Centro in Cordoba, Argentina, the 85 year old Chile Open in Santiago, Chile, the 55 year old Abierto Mexicano de Golf in Mexico City and a new event in Brazil. Additionally, the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational will move from Buenos Aires to Montevideo, Uruguay for this season, bringing the number of countries visited by PGA TOUR Latinoamérica to nine.
“We are delighted by PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s inaugural season and are encouraged by its growth heading into next season” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “We set out to develop a Tour to help identify and provide a pathway to the best players in the region and I feel that our inaugural season and upcoming calendar are indications of a bright future. The race for the Top-five on this year’s Order of Merit shaped up nicely and we look forward to welcoming the Web.com Tour’s newest members next season. The growth of this Tour is a testament to the appetite for golf in Latin America and its growing economy.”
The Tour opens its second season March 11th in Mexico City followed by the Transamerican Power Products CRV Open in Guadalajara, Mexico the following week. After a three-week break, the Tour picks up again at the Abierto del Centro in Cordoba, Argentina on April 15th. The following week the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational will be contested in Montevideo, Uruguay and the Club de Golf de Uruguay, a new country and venue for the event. The Colombian Open will then be contested from April 29-May 5. The first part of the schedule concludes with a three week stretch beginning on May 13th in Mérida, Mexico, followed by a two week visit to the Caribbean with the Puerto Rico Classic returning to Dorado’s East Course and the Dominican Republic Open at Cana Bay Golf Club ending on June 2nd.
The second swing of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s 2013 schedule begins in Brazil with a new event the week of October 7th followed by the Brazilian Open, to be contested in Rio De Janeiro at Gavea Golf Club. The season continues at the Colombian Coffee Classic from October 28-November 3rd, followed up by the Peru Open at Los Inkas GC in Lima and a new event, the Chile Open at Los Leones GC in Santiago from November 11-17. The race for “Los Cinco” ends in Buenos Aires once again with the last two events of the season, the Olivos Golf Classic and the Argentine Open contested in Buenos Aires beginning on November 25 and concluding on December 8th.
“We’re excited about our first season and looking forward to a future with some new events and venues that we think will help carry the positive momentum of our first season forward” said Jack Warfield, President of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. “The coordinated work of our partners, players and staff coupled with fan and media support, have made it possible for us to continue growing. The new events and venues are a testament to the fulfillment of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s vision which is to develop a region-wide Tour of successful events all in an effort to help develop the stars of the future.”
Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee welcomed five new members to his Tour at the conclusion of this PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season. The top-five players moved up to the Web.com Tour, which, beginning in 2013, will become the path to the PGA TOUR for aspiring professional golfers.
"Since playing its first event in Panama in 2004 to our recent addition of an event in Brazil, the Web.com Tour has established a solid footprint in Latin America, paving the way for PGA TOUR Latinoamérica to establish a region-wide presence across nine countries," said Calfee. "We look forward to welcoming PGA TOUR Latinoamérica's top-five players to the Tour in February as they strive to play their way onto golf's greatest stage, the PGA TOUR."
The Mexico Open has been on the Web.com Tour schedule since 2008. The Web.com Tour will return to host El Bosque Country Club in Leon, Guanajuato in late May with a new name that has yet to be announced.
The PGA TOUR Latinoamérica schedule features seven National opens which rotate venues in order to showcase that country’s Open around the country’s top venues. This factor, along with the addition of the new events means the 2013 schedule will feature nine new venues for its membership. More details on the new venues are expected over the next few weeks.
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Q-school will be contested at two venues in early February 2013. Lima Peru’s La Planicie CC and Sebring Florida’s Sun N’ Lake Golf Club will play host to player vying for spots on the 2013 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica schedule. For more details on qualifying please visit www.pgatourla.com
The 2012 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica schedule saw 10 different winners from three different countries, Argentina (7), Mexico (2) and Peru (1) in its first season.
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