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WINNER OF WALA TO BE AWARDED AN EXEMPTION INTO THE CHEVRON CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2023


22 September 2022, Buenos Aires, Argentina: The winner of the Women’s Amateur Latin America championship presented by The R&A and ANNIKA Foundation will earn an exemption into the 2023 edition of The Chevron Championship.

The champion will now tee it up alongside the leading women’s professional golfers in three major championships in 2023 – The Chevron Championship at The Club at Carlton Woods from 20-23 April, the Amundi Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club from 27-30 July and the AIG Women’s Open at Walton Heath from 10-13 August.

The championship is taking place for the second time at Pilar Golf in Buenos Aires from 17-20 November and will feature the region’s most talented women’s amateur golfers. Mark Lawrie, Director – Latin America and Caribbean at The R&A, said, “The addition of a third major championship exemption in only its second year enhances the Women’s Amateur Latin America championship’s standing as a world-class amateur event and we are grateful to Chevron and the LPGA Tour for their support.

“The prospect of competing at the very highest level of the sport is a strong incentive for the region’s best women’s amateur golfers, all of whom will play in the championship. We look forward to seeing who emerges from the field to win the title and secure these coveted exemptions.” “The Chevron Championship is about increasing access for women on and off the course, and in 2023, that includes expanding access for amateur players,” said Al Williams, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Chevron. “We are excited that the winner of the Women’s Amateur Latin America championship will secure a place in The Chevron Championship in 2023.”


"The new exemption is especially meaningful to me as I enjoy so many great memories from this major championship," says Annika Sorenstam, a three-time winner of The Chevron Championship in 2001, 2002 and 2005. "We're honoured to partner with The R&A and offer a third major championship exemption in just the second year of our event. These exemptions are a reflection of the rapidly increasing stature of our event, as well as our Foundation's mission to provide opportunities for female golfers to achieve their dreams on and off the course." 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 in the Women’s Amateur Championship being played at Prince’s, England from 13-18 June 2023.

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 championship will be played at Pilar Golf in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 17-20 November. 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.


Past Champions

Year Host Champion

2021 Pilar Golf, Argentina Valery Plata (COL)


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.

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