Casa de Campo to host 2016 Latin America Amateur

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The 2016 Latin America Amateur will be held at Casa de Campo’s Teeth of the Dog course in the Dominican Republic, it was announced Thursday.

The event, which is being held Thursday through Sunday at Pilar Golf Club in Buenos Aires, awards a Masters berth to the winner and an exemption into final qualifying for the U.S. Open and Open Championship.

The 2016 tournament will run Jan. 14-17.  

Ranked by Golf Magazine as the No. 1 course in the Caribbean and No. 43 worldwide, the Pete-Dye designed Teeth of the Dog course features seven holes along the Atlantic Ocean. 

Founded by Augusta National Golf Club, the R&A and USGA, the Latin America Amateur has followed the successful run of the Asia-Pacific Amateur, which began in 2009 to create a path for aspiring golfers in parts of the world where golf is not nearly as prominent.

This year’s inaugural event includes 109 players from South and Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico.