Incoming Men's Golfer, Toto Gana, Wins LAAC; Qualifies for The Masters

Incoming Men's Golfer, Toto Gana, Wins LAAC; Qualifies for The Masters

Panama City, Panama -  Toto Gana, an incoming freshman set to begin play for Lynn University's men's golf team this spring, won the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship on the second playoff hole on Sunday afternoon.

With the victory, the Chilean national has qualified for The Masters at Augusta National in April and earns exemptions into the U.S. Amateur, the Amateur Championship, sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open and final qualifying for the British Open Championship.

Gana atoned for a bogey on the final hole with a birdie on the second playoff hole, which will be talked about for the ages, to win a three-man playoff.  His tee shot on the second playoff hole, a par 3, landed two feet away from the hole for an easy but tense putt.

The 285th ranked amateur in the world shot a one-over par 71 on the final day to join best friend Joaquin Niemann (70) and Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico (71) in the sudden-death playoff.

Lynn had four golfers participate in the LAAC.  Joining Gana was Mateo Gomez (T-14th), Manuel Torres (T-16th) and recent alum Jose Andres Miranda (47th).  This marked the first time the Fighting Knights boasted four golfers reach the final round of the LAAC and the first victory in program history.

Gana will make his Fighting Knights debut at The Matlock Invitational at the Lone Palm Golf Course in Lakeland, Fla., beginning on Monday, Feb. 13.