HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla — PGA TOUR Latinoamérica is hosting the first of four qualifying tournaments starting this week as it completes its 2021-2022 membership roster. Players will converge at the historic Mission Inn Resort and Club, one of Florida’s oldest golf facilities, for the first of a two-event Q-School swing across the Sunshine State. The four-round, uncut event begins on Tuesday, November 2. Next week, the Ocala Country Club in Central Florida and the Estrella del Mar Resort in Mazatlán, Mexico will be the sites of the second and third qualifying tournaments, also on Tuesday. -to-Friday business. From November 23 to 26, the Tour holds its final qualifying tournament at Las Praderas Club Campo de Golf in Lujan, Argentina, with the regular season starting the following week at the 115 VISA Argentina Open presented by Macro in Buenos Aires from December 2 to 5. .
This year, 457 players took part in qualifying tournaments compared to 391 in 2020. Players come from 31 different countries, which is testament to the truly international makeup of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. Field sizes for the Florida and Argentina tournaments are in the range of 120 players, with approximately 100 players competing at the Mexico tournament. The growth in the number of applications shows the enthusiasm of the players for the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
“These Q-Schools are always important first steps in the professional careers of so many players. Seeing the interest of so many people in wanting to play on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica is truly encouraging, and we know that with the caliber of courses we offer and the great staff working at each tournament, players will have great experiences. Said the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. Executive Director Todd Rhinehart. “What makes our Tour so interesting is that we have members we know well, who have proven themselves at this level, and we will quickly learn more about the promising young players who win their cards at Q-School. It is an exciting time.
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, which started in 2012 and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, hosted its first two qualifying tournaments in 2012, with Andrés Echavarría and Daniel Stapff sharing tournament medal honors in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Byron Smith winning in Miami.
Since then, the Tour has contested 27 additional qualifying tournaments, with many players currently on the PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour starting through PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Q-Schools.
“That’s what makes these tournaments so important. Players know that if they can qualify as members of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, it puts them on the path to their ultimate PGA TOUR goal. All of the players we’ll see over the next few weeks have to watch players like Mito Pereira, Harry Higgs, Corey Conners and Austin Smotherman, who all won their cards at Q-School, ”Rhinehart continued. “They pulled off one of our qualifiers, putting them on the right track.”