Jose Vega Atop the Leaderboard at the Latin American Amateur Championship

Jose Vega is leading the pack in Mexico…

The 26-year-old Colombian golfer withstood another tough day of wind on Saturday at Mayakoba for a 1-over 72 that gave him a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Latin American Amateur Championship.

Jose Vega

At stake for Vega is a spot in the Mastersat Augusta Nationalin April and in the British Openat Royal St. George’sin July.

Despite a bogey on the final hole at El Camaleon Golf Club, Vega remained the only player under par from the 52 players who made the cut.

He was at 2-under 211.

Abel Gallegosbirdied his last two holes for a 70. He was at even-par 213.

Gabriel Morgan Birke of Chile and Ivan Camilo Ramirez of Colombia, who led after the opening round, were tied for third at 3-over 216.

Vega is a regional sales director for Trackman, the sonar-based device used by top professionals around the world.

Along with spots in two majors, the winner is exempt into the final stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open, and exempt for any USGA amateur event for which he is eligible.

”When I step up on the first tee tomorrow, it’s going to be a grind,” Vega said. ”The one that is going to take the trophy home is the one that makes fewer mistakes.”

Gallegos is a 17-year-old from a small town outside Buenos Aires that has only a nine-hole course. He still was named junior golfer of the year in 2019 for Argentina. This is his first appearance in the Latin American Amateur.

”My goal was to have a chance on Sunday,” Gallegos said. ”I think I fulfilled that. Now I just need to trust myself.”

Ciganda the Leader at the China Suzhou Taihu Open

Carlota Ciganda’s name is listed atop the leader board at the China Suzhou Taihu Open

The 22-year-old Spanish golfer shot a second-round 71 at the tournament at the Suzhou Taihu International Golf Club on Saturday to take a two stroke lead into the final round.

Carlota Ciganda

Ciganda, a Ladies European Tour rookie, began the day one stroke clear of the field at seven under par but was caught by early Germany’s Caroline Masson, who fired a 69, before she had even started her second round.

Playing in wind and fog, Ciganda quickly moved two clear of her rival with birdies on the fourth and fifth holes. She dropped shots at 11 and 12 before recovering with birdies on 16 and 18 to end nine under and two clear of Masson.

Ciganda currently holds a slim lead over Masson on the Ladies European Tour’s ISPS Handa Order of Merit for 2012 and the first prize cheque of €52 500 could make all the difference, setting up an exciting final round battle between two of the tour’s most talented players.

“I’m confident and I’m playing good but its golf and anything can happen in one hole, one shot,” said Ciganda, who earned her first tour victory at the Deloitte Ladies Open in June. “Caroline Masson is second and she has been playing great golf this year so I know it’s not going to be easy and then there is another at six under: you need to be ready for anything. I will try to play my best.”

Ciganda has effectively already qualified for the tour after strong performances in the Evian Masters, US Open and British Open, which means that she will be able to play in the Hero Women’s Indian Open, which Masson is missing, giving the Spaniard a better chance to win the order of merit.