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NEC SERIES-PGA TOUR LATINOAMÉRICA


« I WAS ABLE TO COMPLETE MY SEASON’S GOALS. I’M SO PLEASED. IT’S AN HONOR TO BE THE FIRST GOLFER WINNING THIS TOUR. » ARIEL CAÑETE


Copa NEC, played in Buenos Aires. But when the Tour stopped in


Peru, things changed. Playing under a sponsor exemption, local player Sebastián


earlier decided to turn professional, became the


in


Colombia’s Manuel Villegas, the younger brother of Camilo Villegas, won in Mexico earlier this year.


Salem, who 11 months first Peruvian


30 years to win the Lexus Perú Open in


his first appearance on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. Today, he is one of the top players on Tour.


WINNING TALENT The


the Caribbean for circuit found its the next


way to two


tournaments, which were won by Mexicans. Óscar Fraustro, who had two runner-up finishes when he arrived at the Dominican Republic Open, finally captured his first victory with a four-stroke win over Colombian Marcelo Rozo. The following week Sebastián Vázquez, in just his second professional start and a month after claiming the individual title at the World Golf Amateur Championship,


captured his first pro title by beating promising Argentinean golfer Jorge Fernández-Valdés by two strokes. Argentineans then regained control


by winning the last three tournaments of the 2012 schedule. Sebastián Fernández sank a 15-foot


putt for birdie on the first playoff hole to hold off local player José Manuel Garrido and claimed the Arturo Calle Colombian Coffee Classic. Ariel Cañete came back from a


two-stroke deficit in the final round and ensured his spot as the top player of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica with his second victory of the season, at the Olivos Golf Classic Copa Personal. “I was able to complete my season’s


goals. I’m so pleased. It’s an honor to be the first golfer winning this Tour,” Cañete said. The inaugural season couldn’t ask


for a better end in December. El Pato Cabrera played one of the best final rounds ever in the 107 years of the Visa Open de Argentina history (64), for his third victory on his National Open Championship. The first PGA TOUR Latinoamérica


season ended witht Cañete as number one of “Los


Cinco,” Fraustro, Carranza, O’Curry GREAT PROSPECTS


followed by and


Cocha, all ready to move on to the Web.com Tour.


FOR THE


TOUR Much was learned in the inaugural season of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, especially by players who sought out this Tour not only as a playing opportunity but also as a chance for professional growth. For 2013, NEC was announced as


the umbrella sponsor of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, making it the NEC Series-PGA TOUR Lationamérica. The 2013 schedule has 15 tournaments in nine countries, with $150,000 purses, plus a split schedule from March- June and October-December. In this second season, new opportunities are being introduced for Tour members, who will fight again to get a spot


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