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Cup title—but one the R&A’s newly
appointed Director-Latin America,
Mark Lawrie, hopes will serve as a
“The top five sports right now in
Argentina are futbol, futbol, futbol,
futbol and futbol,” said the 57-year-old
who grew up on a farm in Necochea,
about 300 miles south of Buenos Aires,
where he currently makes his home.
A rugby player who “decided to find
something less dangerous,” Lawrie
turned to golf around the age of 25,
not without influence from his wife,
Jinny—a club champion at Necochea
GC—or his uncle, an Argentine Ama-
teur champion in 1932. Lawrie joined
the Argentine Golf Association as a
board member in 1996 and became ex-
ecutive director in 2000 when “some-
one had the bad idea that I might be
The ebullient Argentine, who
speaks with an unexpected British
accent he picked up from his English
teachers, will oversee the staging of
the Latin America Amateur Cham-
pionship, a new venture by the R&A,
USGA and Augusta National that
Lawrie calls “a powerful weapon to
help the amateur game.”
While helping to prolong the
amateur careers of the best Latin
American players, Lawrie hopes to
promote golf at the junior level in
South America—the R&A is already
involved with programs throughout
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia,
Peru, Uruguay and beyond—and to
deepen the global connection for golf
in Latin America.
“The Latin America Amateur and
the Brazil Olympics in 2016 guarantee
huge exposure for golf,” says Lawrie.
“The big challenge is that we must get
it right the first time around.”
Another challenge is Argentina’s
love affair with soccer—a cheaper and
more accessible sport than golf. If only
Lawrie can get a club in the hands of
Lionel Messi. —Brendan Mohler
Qualifier, 13, sets
U.S. Amateur mark
�� Will Thomson didn’t just make
history earlier this month when he became the youngest to qualify for a U.S.
Amateur. He also shot the round of his
life, and he bettered a mentor.
Thomson’s five-under 66 in the second 18 of the 36-hole sectional qualifier,
coupled with an opening 68, earned
him medalist honors July 7 at Mendon
GC in Honeoye Falls, N. Y. The 13-year-
old, soon-to-be eighth grader, finished
ahead of rising Texas sophomore Gavin
Hall, who took the second qualifying
spot, by four shots. Thomson broke the
01Mo Martin, winless and No. 99 in the world, eagles 72nd hole and
takes Ricoh Women’s British Open.
Continuing the trend of the best stories of
the year coming from women’s golf.
02 Justin Rose follows up his victory at Congressional with a
win at Royal Aberdeen.
Meanwhile, Tom Watson begins negotiations
with Paul McGinley for strokes.
03 Next year’s Scottish Open will be played at Gullane No. 1 and
Unfortunately for many golfing tourists, the
mix-and-match layout will only exist for the
04 Gene Sauers misses six-foot birdie putt to win the U. S.
Not bad for a guy who couldn’t hit a wedge
out of his shadow three years ago.
05 Colin Montgomerie tops Sauers in a playoff for his second
major title this year.
Twenty years after sweltering at Oakmont,
he’s finally learned to wear white when it’s
100 degrees at a U. S. Open.
06Brandt Snedeker (shown) begins working with Butch Harmon.
This could be a deadly duo.
07 Brian Harman wins the John Deere Classic, his first PGA Tour
With this many wins by alums, maybe Georgia should field its own Ryder Cup team.
08 Ivor Robson handles announce duties at his 40th British Open.
He’s still a kid by R&A standards.
09 Holly Sonders leaving Golf Channel for Fox Sports.
Holly on the broadcast for USGA events?
Something tells us this wasn’t what Glen
Nager had in mind.
˘ Which playoff format—sudden-death, aggregate or 18-hole—is the best way
to break a tie?
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