PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL (April 1, 2013)--The PGA TOUR will expand its footprint in Latin America this week at the Club Los Lirios in Rancagua, Chile. The decision to group a series of local events in the region, into a Developmental Series that has all the characteristics of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica events is a sign of commitment to a region which is rich of talent and opportunities.
Thus, events that have a great history and stature in their respective countries, but don’t yet meet the parameters to be part of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica schedule, are united in a series of tournaments that will have the support of the strongest golf organization on the continent.
Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Venezuela and Peru will all be part of this series of tournaments that have a minimum of $ 50,000 purses each. Each event will maintain its link with the local tour, but will have spots reserved for guests who want to play the Developmental Series.
Those players who finish in the top-seven at each tournament will earn the right to play a Final event to be played December 18-21 at the La Planicie, in Lima, Peru. The top-finishers at the Final event will earn a place on the 2014 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
One of the goals of this Series is to schedule and develop these events in coordination with PGA TOUR Latinoamérica for a better flow and the potential to be added to the Latinoamérica schedule in the future. These events will be 72 hole events, a field of 70 players, with a cut to 30 players after 36 holes.
“We had a solid start with PGA TOUR Latinoamérica last year and are now looking to assist with growing the game further in the region” said PGA TOUR Latinoamérica President Jack Warfield. “We recognize the fact that there are many more solid events in the region that with our help can be scheduled and operated in a way that will help to identify and develop the Latin stars of the future. We have a limited number of tournament spots on our calendar and membership roster but feel that this Developmental Series will help us solidify the professional game in the region at all levels.”
Henrique Lavie, who is running the operations of the Developmental Series on the importance and timing of this PGA TOUR initiative, "The Development Series is a unique opportunity offered by the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. It is an important window of exposure for future events that may be part of the Tour and the possibility of players entering PGA TOUR Latinoamérica through their local tours. It will be a very important complement to the efforts of the PGA TOUR in our region."
The full schedule will be published shortly on this website, but this week we kick-off with the Abierto de Los Lirios, the first step in a new and decisive support from the PGA TOUR for Latin American golf.