LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic – Expanding its coverage across five continents, the second Latin America Amateur Championship will be televised in 140 countries and reach millions of homes around the world, the event’s Founding Partners – the Masters Tournament, The R&A and United States Golf Association (USGA) – announced today.
The championship will take place from January 14-17, 2016, with a 108-player field competing in the 72-hole stroke play event at Casa de Campo’s prestigious Teeth of the Dog course. Built in the 1970’s, the course designed by Pete Dye is consistently ranked one of the top golf courses across Latin America.
In addition to the contributions of the Founding Partners, the championship is supported by six Proud Partners – 3M, AT&T, Mercedes-Benz, Samsung, UPS and Zurich – and two Scoring Partners, IBM and Rolex.
European Tour Productions will produce the high-definition broadcast, including two hours of live coverage on each of the four competition days. The English-speaking commentary team will include Sean McDonough as host, Andy North as analyst, Dottie Pepper and Billy Kratzert as on-course reporters and John Sutcliffe handling interviews.
The champion will receive an invitation to compete in the 2016 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. In addition, the winner and the runner(s)-up will be exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open Championship. Finally, the champion will receive full exemptions into The Amateur Championship, U.S. Amateur Championship and any other USGA amateur championship for which he is eligible.
With a host of broadcast partners around the globe, golf fans can follow the Latin America Amateur Championship through TV channels covering key markets on five continents. Live broadcasts of all four rounds will be available across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. The scheduled times for live broadcast each round are listed below, with all times local to the Dominican Republic and Atlantic Standard Time, which is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time:
First Round: Thursday, Jan. 14 – 3-5 p.m. (AST)
Second Round: Friday, Jan. 15 – 3-5 p.m. (AST)
Third Round: Saturday, Jan. 16 – 1-3 p.m. (AST)
Final Round: Sunday, Jan. 17 – 12:30-2:30 p.m. (AST)
ESPN will provide event coverage in this year’s host country, as well as throughout Latin America. Other broadcasters include ESPN2 and ESPNews (United States), LeTV (China), TSN (Canada), SuperSport (Southern Africa), Fox Sports Asia (Asia), and Eurosport (Europe). All of the coverage will also be streamed live on the official event website, www.LAACgolf.com.
Spectators are welcome to attend, and entry into Casa de Campo for the 2016 Latin America Amateur Championship will be free. For more information, including a full listing of broadcasters and corresponding TV times, please visit www.LAACgolf.com