June 24, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla.Laura Edmonds (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Cypress Bay) will open up play in the Women’s Amateur Latin American Championship today as she represents her home country of Argentina. The premier event features 60 of the best female amateur players from Latin America and the Caribbean based on their World Amateur Golf Raking.
Edmonds will be one of five players for Argentina which is one of 16 countries represented in the tournament. The WALA will feature 72 holes of stroke play without a cut with a sudden death playoff to determine a winner in the case of a tie. It will run from Thursday, Nov. 18-Sunday, Nov. 21 at the Pilar Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
First round action will begin at 6:30 AM ET on Thursday with Edmonds slated for a 8:30 AM ET tee time. Live results can be found at www.WALAGolf.com.
The champion of the event will receive an invitation to compete in the 2022 AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield, an invitation to compete in The Amundi Evian Championship, and an exemption into The Women’s Amateur Championship and Hilton Grand Vacations ANNIKA Invitational. Both the champion and runner-up will be invited to play in the South American Amateur Championship, while the top three players will receive an invitation to the next WALA event.
Edmonds currently leads the FGCU women’s golf team with a 70.89 scoring average following three fall tournaments. She has produced four rounds at par or better through nine played with a low score of 65. She took second at both the Jupiter Women’s Invitational and the Pat Bradley Invitational in October. Her two rounds of 65 this fall tied her school record for the lowest individual round, she also holds the lowest round versus par record at -7 which came during the Pat Bradley Invitational. She posted a hole-in-one at the Jupiter Invitational as part of her 54-hole score of 206 which tied as the second-lowest three-round score in program history and earned her ASUN Golfer of the Week accolades.
For her career, Edmonds holds the single-season scoring average record (72.94) at FGCU along with the record for par-or-better rounds in a season (9) during the 2019-20 campaign. She holds six of the program’s 17 lowest round scores highlighted by her two rounds of 65 this fall. Her career scoring average of 73.47 also stands as the school record.
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