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Women's Amateur Latin America Championship Cancelled

6 May 2020, St Andrews, Scotland: The 2020 Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship presented by The R&A and the ANNIKA Foundation has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The inaugural event was due to take place in Argentina from 3-6 September 2020 at Pilar Golf in Buenos Aires but will now be played from 2-5 September 2021 at the same venue.

The championship is being introduced to support the growth and development of amateur golf for women and girls in the region and will provide the winner with an exemption into the AIG Women’s British Open.

Mark Lawrie, Director – Latin America and the Caribbean at The R&A, said, “The safety of players and officials is our utmost priority and with so much uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic we decided it would not be appropriate to stage the championship this year.

“I would like to thank Pilar Golf for its support and understanding in making this decision and we will now look forward to working with the club and the ANNIKA Foundation to stage the championship for the region’s top women’s amateur golfers next year.”

Annika Sorenstam said, “We were excited to launch this special event in September but look forward to an even better event in 2021. I cherish the work we have accomplished with The R&A in Latin America and look forward to hosting the region’s top talent next year.”

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 British 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 36 million golfers in 144 countries and with the consent of 159 organisations from amateur and professional golf.

The R&A merged with the Ladies’ Golf Union in 2017 and now 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 boy’s golf. The R&A works with IMG to stage the Women’s British Open and with the European Tour to stage the Senior Open.

The R&A is aiming to invest £200 million in developing golf over the next decade and supports the growth of the sport internationally, including the development and management of sustainable golf facilities. For more information, visit

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