LAKELAND, Fla.—Southeastern University golfers Carlos Ardila and Santiago Zubiate will be participating in the Latin America Amateur Championship, starting Saturday.

The LAAC is conducted by the Masters Tournament, the Royal and Ancient, and the United States Golf Association at Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago, Chile. The winner will be invited to the 2018 Masters and receive exemptions into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and U.S. Open in 2018.

Ardila is a senior from Columbia, where he is currently ranked as the No. 5 amateur golfer in the country in the latest World Amateur Golf Ranking. He participated in the 2017 event, finishing in a tie for 22nd. Ardila is a two-time NAIA All-American, and finished eighth at the 2017 NAIA Championship last season.

Zubiate is in his first season with the Fire, and had a solid showing in his debut at the Thomas Invitational with the low round of the second day at 72. He enters the tournament as the fourth-ranked amateur golfer in Peru.

A total of 106 players were invited to the leading players from the 29 IOC-recognized countries and territories from this region that are current members of the International Golf Federation.

Participants will play 72 holes of stroke play with a cut for the top 50 players plus ties made at the halfway point.

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