Gana Second, Torres in Contention at Latin American Amateur Championship

Gana Second, Torres in Contention at Latin American Amateur Championship

Santiago, Chile – Lynn University men's golfers survived the cuts and are in prime position to play for the title at the 2018 Latin American Amateur Championship.  Toto Gana is one shot off the lead and tied for second, Manuel Torres is tied for sixth and two strokes behind the leader while Carlos Bustos is tied for 18th overall. 

Gana began and ended the day tied for second.  The Santiago, Chile, native was four-under par at the start of the third round, and had a chance to improve to five-under, but bogeyed two of his final three holes to move into a four-way tie at three-under par.  

Torres tied for the second-lowest score on the day, as he traded one eagle, three birdies and two bogeys for a three-under par 68.  The Caracas, Venezuela, product is one of five golfers tied for sixth at two-under par. 

Bustos is three-over par for the tournament after a tough ending to the third round.  A sophomore out of Santiago, Chile, Bustos was even par through 14 holes but a bogey on 15 and double-bogey on 18 ended his afternoon with a 74. 

The LAAC is a 72-hole stroke play tournament, with cuts for the top-50 players, plus ties, after 36-holes.  In the event of a tie, the winner will be decided by sudden-death playoff, which occurred last year when Gana won on the second playoff hole.  

The champion receives an invitation to compete in the 2018 Masters Tournament, exemptions into The Amateur Championship and the U.S. Amateur Championship and final qualifying exemptions for The 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie and the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.  

Gana is set for the final grouping on Tuesday, teeing off with co-leaders Alvaro Ortiz and Daniel Gurtner at 9:08 am local time from the first tee.  Torres is in the third-to-last pairing with an 8:46 am tee time and Bustos takes the links at 8:02 am 

Fans can watch the action live on ESPN2 beginning at 10 am ET.