Golf: Colombian Marín Negrete is the new leader of the Women’s Amateur Latin America in Pilar

Colombian María José Marín Negrete dominates the scene after the second round of the Women’s Amateur Latin America (WALA) that takes place in Pilar Golf, Buenos Aires, Argentina. With an extraordinary card of 66 strokes (-6) and a total of 136 (-8), he leads by the slightest difference his compatriot Valery Plata, one of the favorites in the championship preview, which is presented by The R&A and the ANNIKA Foundation.

“I played really well, I feel very comfortable with my golf. The eagle in number 2 was important for confidence and I remained very positive throughout the round, ”said the 2021 South American Junior champion in Arrayanes CC, Ecuador, a couple of weeks ago. At just 15 years old, the Optimist International 2021 winner is one of the youngest in the field, although her performance on the court was much more like that of an experienced player with several titles on top. “The fact that I had confirmed my university future drove much more the commitment and love that I have for this sport. Going from playing youth golf to university is to be at another level and that forces me to continue working very hard for that, “added the Caleña from Club Campestre Farallones, who aims at Arkansas University to continue her academic and sports development in 2023. Born In León, Guanajuato, Mexico, “Majo” came to Colombia when he was only 3 years old.

An enormous closing of the round (two birdies in the last three holes) allowed Valery Plata to be one shot behind his compatriot and put pressure ahead of the weekend. “I started the lap very well, fundamentally solid with the driver like all week. I am very confident with my game, I only did two bogeys on 36 holes. I like the field, it is in good condition and especially in the first leg you can attack ”, said the Michigan State University player who emerged at the Bucaramanga Country Club after signing a card of 68 strokes (-4).

At a press conference, both agreed to point out the importance of representing Colombia, beyond being an individual tournament. “It is the first time that we are going to play together, but it will be very special because being from the same country the union that is generated is very good and we like to wear the colors of Colombia at the top,” explained Plata, who is located in the 60th position of the WAGR (the second best in that list among the participants of the WALA).

Despite a promising start (two under par in the first leg), Alexandra Swayne of the US Virgin Islands, leader after the first 18 holes, suffered the most difficult stretch of the course and with 41 in the last 9 gave up several positions by signing 75 hits (+3) and total 141 (-3). Along with Swayne in third place is Mexican Ana Isabel González Cantu, who, like the toe, rounded a great 66 (-6) to climb 25 positions.

This Friday, in addition, a press conference was held with Mark Lawrie, The R&A Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, in the presence of local and international media via zoom.

A great expectation is lived in Pilar Golf not only among the 58 participants but also in each of those who are part of the event. It is that very early, Annika Sörenstam, the best golf player of all time, will arrive in the country. The Swede will give a press conference at 3:00 p.m. (ARG) and then a golf clinic at 4:30 p.m. (ARG).


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Golf: Colombian Marín Negrete is the new leader of the Women’s Amateur Latin America in Pilar