PGA Tour Latinoamerica unveils expanded 2014 schedule

PGA Tour Latinoamerica
Courtesy of the PGA Tour
The 2014 NEC Series-PGA Tour Latinoamerica will stage 16 events in 10 countries across Latin America.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz
The 2014 edition of the NEC Series-PGA Tour Latinoamerica will stage 16 events in 10 countries across Latin America, tour officials have announced. That's two more than the 14 tournaments played in 2013, and the calendar also includes new events in Panama, Guatemala and Mexico.
 
''We are delighted by the NEC Series-PGA Tour Latinoamerica's growth as we continue to expand playing opportunities to players internationally,'' said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. ''We have graduated 10 PGA Tour Latinoamerica players up to the Web.com Tour and one to the PGA Tour, which is the main mission of this tour.''
 
As was the case in 2013, the tour will be played in two halves, with the spring schedule beginning Feb. 17 at the Colombian Open. It continues the following week with the Stella Artois Open, a new event to be contested at La Reunion Golf Resort in Guatemala. 
 
The following week, the circuit returns to Merida, Mexico, then heads south for the 83rd playing of the Abierto del Centro in Cordoba, Argentina, where Angel Cabrera is the defending champion. The tour then returns to Montevideo, Uruguay, for the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa-NEC, and heads into its first-half final stretch with the Dominican Republic Open and a new event to be played at Buenaventura Golf Club in Panama.
 
 
The fall swing begins in late September at the Colombian Classic, followed by back-to-back events in Mexico. A week off precedes three consecutive national opens with the Peru Open, Aberto do Brasil and Abierto de Chile visiting three countries in three weeks before landing in Argentina for the final two events of the season. The race for ''Los Cinco'' – the five leading money winners who will advance to the 2015 Web.com Tour – ends in Buenos Aires once again with the last two events of the season, the Personal Classic and the 109th Abierto de Argentina capping the season on Dec. 7.
 
In total, the schedule features eight national opens, most of which rotate venues to showcase the host countries' top venues. This, along with the addition of the new events means the 2014 schedule will feature at least seven new venues.
 
''We're excited about the progress we've made in our first two seasons and are looking forward to a future of steady growth with some new events and venues that we think will help carry the positive momentum of our first two seasons forward,'' said PGA Tour Latinoamerica President Jack Warfield. ''The new events and venues as well as the commitment of our established events are the fulfillment of the NEC Series-PGA Tour Latinoamerica's vision, which is to develop a region-wide tour of successful events all in an effort to help develop the stars of the future toward the next step of professional golf, the Web.com Tour.''
 
Here is the complete schedule: 
 
Jan. 13-17
Latin American Qualifying Tournament
Country Club La Planicie in Lima, Peru
 
Jan. 20-24
USA Qualifying Tournament
Sun N Lake Golf Club (Deere Run) in Sebring, Fla.
 
Feb. 17-23
Colombian Open
Ruitoque Golf & Country Club in Bucaramanga, Colombia
 
Mar. 17-23
TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open
Guadalajara, Mexico
 
Mar. 24-30
Stella Artois Open
La Reunion Golf Resort (Fuego Maya) in Antigua, Guatemala
 
Mar. 31- Apr. 6
Mundo Maya Open
Yucatan Country Club (El Jaguar) in Merida, México
 
Apr. 14-20
83° Abierto del Centro
Cordoba Golf Club in Cordoba, Argentina
 
Apr. 21-27
Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC
Club de Golf del Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay
 
May 12-18
Dominican Republic Open
Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog) in La Romana, Dominican Republic
 
May 19-25
Buenaventura Championship
Buenaventura Golf Club in Rio Hata, Panama
 
Sept. 29- Oct. 5
Colombian Classic
Pueblo Viejo Country Club in Bogota, Colombia
 
Oct. 06-12
Mazatlan Open
TBD in Mazatlán, México
 
Oct. 13-19
Mexico Event
TBD in TBD
 
Oct. 27-Nov. 2
Lexus Peru Open
Los Inkas Golf Club in Lima, Peru
 
Nov. 3-9
Aberto do Brasil
Gavea Golf Clube in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 
Nov. 10-16
Abierto de Chile
Club de Golf Los Leones in Santiago, Chile
 
Nov. 24-30
Personal Classic
La Reserva Cardales in Buenos Aires, Argentina
 
Dec. 1-7
109° Abierto de la República
Martindale Country Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina