Trinidad and Tobago golfers Talin Rajendranath, Sachin Kumar, Matthew Marquez, and Liam Bryden will all tee off at the third edition of the Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC), which will take place this week — January 12-15 —at Club de Golf de Panama in Panama.
Rajendranath, Kumar, Marquez and Bryden all earned their invitations as the four highest ranked local golfers in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR).
According to a release from the Trinidad and Tobago Golf Association, all four are capable of springing a surprise on the better- known competitors. Kumar won the 2016 Trinidad and Tobago Open plus the individual title in the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships. Marquez and Rajendranath both made the 36-hole cut in the 2016 LAAC and Bryden’s highlight was winning the Las Vegas Stars Junior tournament.
All four golfers also represented Trinidad and Tobago in the 2016 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships.
Of the field’s 108 players, the highest-ranked player in the (WAGR) is Chile’s Joaquin Niemann (No. 4), who will be one of the favorites in this elite event. Then there is Chile’s Matias Dominquez, Argentian Alejandro Tosti and Venezuela’s Jorge Garcia all who are ranked in the top 50 in the world.
The championship grants the winner the opportunity to play in the 2017 Masters Tournament. In addition, the winner and the runner(s)-up will be exempt into The Open Qualifying Series for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale and into sectional qualifying for the US Open Championship at Erin Hills next year. Finally, the champion will receive full exemptions into The Amateur Championship in 2017, the 2017 US Amateur Championship and any other USGA amateur championship for which he is eligible.