Imagine if golf’s governing bodies got together to run a tournament for a selection of the most talented young players on the planet, on a world-class course on a tropical island. An event in which the scintillating standard of on-course action was accompanied by a four-day, off-course fiesta for golf enthusiasts. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? Well, that event exists – The Latin America Amateur Championship.
If you put on an elite golf competition with all the appropriate knowledge and resources at your disposal, this is what you get. Here’s why the LAAC is the perfect golf tournament.
It’s hardly surprising that when The Masters Tournament, The R&A and the USGA team up to stage a golf tournament, they do it rather well. The LAAC runs like a well-oiled machine. There is surely no golf event on earth run with such precision and excellence as the LAAC. Every single requirement is considered and catered for, from the practice ground to the buffet lunches, not a single step is out of place.
The golf is managed by (quite literally) the best in the business: crack teams from golf’s governing bodies co-ordinating the course set-up, the refereeing, the weather forecasting, the scoring, the media centre, the whole nine yards.
The players are given all the support and information they could require – they’re amateur golfers but they’re treated like the top professionals. They won’t see such exceptional tournament organisation again unless, or until, they make it to the very pinnacle of the sport.
The level of talent in the LAAC is about as high as it gets in amateur golf. The players demonstrate incredible skill and flair. For a golf lover, walking a few holes with some of these youngsters is an absolute treat. They play with confidence and freedom – booming drives, daring recoveries, incredible touch around the greens. They aren’t professionals yet, but you can see how many of them will go on to excel at the highest level. LAAC alumni like Joaquin Niemann and Sebastian Munoz have proved that.
And the great thing about spectating at the LAAC is that you can see everything up close because there’s hardly anybody else out there watching. It’s amazing that so few golf fans have cottoned on to the brilliant golf viewing experience the LAAC offers – The chance to…