Polo Ralph Lauren #InspiredPerformances

Polo Ralph Lauren #InspiredPerformances: January 23, 2019


Alvaro Ortiz of Zapopan, Mexico, won the Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC) with a four-day score of 14-under-par 274. After finishing runner-up the last two years, Ortiz had an eagle and three birdies on the back nine to close out a final-round score of 6-under-par 66 to win by two strokes. With his victory at the LAAC, Ortiz earned a spot in the field at the Masters and exemptions into the final stages of qualifying for the The 148th Open at Royal Portrush and the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. In addition, he is exempt for The Amateur Championship and the U.S. Amateur Championship. Ortiz finished his senior season at Arkansas earning a spot on the PING All-Central Region Team for the third consecutive year. In his AJGA career, Ortiz had one win and was a Rolex Junior All-American in 2013.


Caroline Patterson of Jupiter, Florida, won the Florida Junior Tour MLK Major in wire-to-wire fashion with a tournament total 17-over par 233. This is her first win with the Florida State Golf Association. Patterson won by four strokes against Lacey Tucker and Taylor Zeng. She has played in four AJGA tournaments since 2017 and her best finish is tenth at the Foley Performance Academy @ EaglesDream Junior All-Star.


Blake McGovern of Newbury Park, California, won the VCJGA - Andria's Seafood Classic held at BuenaVentura Golf Course in Ventura, California. McGovern fired a two-day tournament total of 7-under-par 133 to win by two strokes. Heading into the final round, McGovern came back with a 5-under-par 65 to erase a two-stroke deficit and hold off Joseph Zambri and Tristan Gretzky. McGovern has played in four AJGA events since 2016 with his best finish of T9 at the AJGA Preview at River Ridge.


Cory Lopez of Monterrey, Mexico, won the Womens Mexican Amateur with a tournament total 4-under-par 284. Lopez carded a first-round 3-under-par 69 to take an early three-shot lead and she managed to hold off Maria Fassi down the stretch, who was looking for her fourth-straight win at the event. Lopez is No. 100 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings with one win at the 2017 Junior Golf Hub Championship. As a high school junior, she is verbally committed to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and she was a Rolex Junior All-American in 2017.