Valentina Rossi of Argentina delighted the home fans at Pilar Golf after overcoming a four shot deficit to win the Women’s Amateur Latin America championship presented by The R&A and ANNIKA Foundation.
The 21-year-old carded a three-under-par 69 over the Blue and White course to win by a single stroke on a nine-under-par total of 279 to become the first winner from Argentina.
Unfortunately, it was a case of lightening striking twice for María José Martin as the Colombian surrendered a significant lead for the second year running to fall back into the runner-up spot on eight under-par after a disappointing two-over-par 74 today.
“Winning this championship is incredible, I am really happy,” said Rossi.
“I felt like I was going to win it when I got to the 15th hole. I had a two-stroke lead at that moment and felt that the opportunity was there to win it.
“It’s extra special to have won the championship in Argentina. All my family is here to celebrate and being with them is really, really nice.”
Rossi will now play in three major championships after earning exemptions into the AIG Women’s Open, the Amundi Evian Championship and The Chevron Championship in 2023. She will also compete in the 119th Women’s Amateur Championship at Prince’s.
“I want to play those three major championships now!”, exclaimed a jubilant Rossi. “I’m so happy to have these opportunities and I am going to work really hard so I can give them my best.”