Pilar Golf in Buenos Aires, Argentina will host the 2023 Women´s Amateur Latin America championship presented by The R&A and ANNIKA Foundation from 15-18 November.
The third edition of the championship will feature the region´s most talented women´s amateur golfers and the winner will earn exemptions into the AIG Women´s Open at St Andrews, The Chevron Championship at The Club at Carlton Woods and The Amundi Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club in 2024.
Mark Lawrie, Director – Latin America and the Caribbean at The R&A, said, “Pilar Golf is a renowned venue that will present a tough but fair challenge for the leading women´s amateur golfers from Latin America.
“We look forward to staging another memorable championship there and seeing who emerges from a talented field to become champion and earn exemptions into three major championships.”
“I look forward to getting back to Pilar Golf for the third edition of the Women´s Amateur Latin America,” says Annika. “It has been so enjoyable to work with The R&A and very gratifying to see the prestige of this event grow in the region in such a short period of time. We can´t wait to see what the future holds.”
"The mission of our Foundation is to develop and empower the next generation of women around the world through the game of golf," says Rob Ohno, President and CEO of the ANNIKA Foundation.
"We strive to provide young women with unique opportunities and inspire them to pursue their dreams. We are grateful to The R&A for our partnership to conduct this special event for these talented athletes."
The Women´s Amateur Latin America championship presented by The R&A and the ANNIKA Foundation follows the successful introduction of the Women´s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship by The R&A in 2018. Its aim is to strengthen the pathway to the very highest levels of golf by providing a platform for the region´s best women´s amateur golfers to compete against each other.
The format for the championship will be 72 holes of stroke play over the Blue and White course at Pilar Golf and 60 players will be invited to participate based on their position in the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®).
The winner also receives an exemption into the Women´s Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale in 2024.
The Women´s Amateur Latin America championship presented by The R&A and ANNIKA Foundation
The Women´s Amateur Latin America championship presented by The R&A and the ANNIKA Foundation was established to nurture talent and provide a pathway for the region´s elite women amateurs to the international stage and the opportunity to play in three major championships.
The second edition of the region´s premier women´s amateur championship will be played at Pilar Golf in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 17-20 November 2022. The 2022 champion will earn exemptions into the AIG Women´s Open, Amundi Evian Championship, The Chevron Championship and the Women´s Amateur Championship.
For more information, please visit the championship website.
Year Host Champion
2021 Pilar Golf, Argentina Valery Plata (COL)
2022 Pilar Golf, Argentina Valentina Rossi (ARG)
About The R&A
The R&A group of companies was formed in 2004 to take on The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews´ responsibilities for governing the Rules of Golf, staging The Open, golf´s original championship, and developing the sport. The World Golf Museum in St Andrews is part of The R&A group.
Together The R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions with a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards. The R&A, through R&A Rules Ltd, governs the sport worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, on behalf of over 41 million golfers in 144 countries and with the consent of 159 organisations from amateur and professional golf.
The R&A has responsibility for running a series of world class amateur events and international matches in women´s and girls´ as well as men´s and boys´ golf. The R&A stages the AIG Women´s Open and works with the DP World Tour to stage the Senior Open presented by Rolex.
The R&A is committed to investing £200 million over ten years in developing golf and supports the growth of the sport internationally, including the development and management of sustainable golf facilities.
For more information, please visit www.randa.org.
About the ANNIKA Foundation
Annika created the ANNIKA Foundation (www.annikafoundation.org) to develop and empower the next generation of women around the world through the game of golf. More specifically, it provides opportunities in women´s golf at the junior, collegiate and professional levels while teaching young people the importance of personal development, including living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition. The Foundation has partnered with key organizations to promote healthy, active lifestyles for children, including SPARK, Florida Hospital for Children in support of its Healthy 100 Kids initiative and The First Tee in development of the Nine Healthy Habits curriculum for children, and an endowment of the AJGA´s ACE Grant program.
The ANNIKA Foundation annually conducts several “Share My Passion” grass roots clinics designed to introduce kids to the game. It also conducts six major golf events for aspiring junior girls: the Hilton Grand Vacations ANNIKA Invitational presented by Rolex in the U.S.; ANNIKA Invitational Asia; ANNIKA Invitational Europe and ANNIKA Cup in Sweden; the Women´s Amateur Latin America with The R&A in Argentina; and the ANNIKA Invitational Australasia in New Zealand. Since 2014, the Foundation has annually hosted the ANNIKA Intercollegiate presented by 3M, a women´s college tournament featuring 12 top Division I schools. Moreover, with the support of the Haskins Foundation, the Foundation created the ANNIKA Award presented by Stifel, which is given annually to the best collegiate female golfer. In 2022, the ANNIKA Development Program was created to support recent college graduates pursue their dreams of playing professional golf. The Foundation will also be the main beneficiary of The ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican, a new tournament tradition that will begin on the LPGA Tour November 6-12, 2023.