(New Orleans, La.) Representing his home country of Ecuador, Loyola University New Orleans men’s golf sophomore Jose Perez recently participated in the 2016 Copas Andes at the Lima Golf Club in Peru.
One of the biggest golf tournaments in South America, the 2016 Copas Andes featured top-tier amateur talent from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Team members from each country were selected based on their finishes in qualifying tournaments and by individual players World Golf Amateur Ranking (WAGR) with the top five from each country making the cut.
Perez earned a spot on Ecuador’s squad by winning one and placing high in two other qualifying tournaments in Ecuador during the summer. Entering the Copas Andes, he was the No. 3 ranked amateur in his country.
Competing over a three-day span, Perez participated in five matches at the event. He came out victorious against Bolivia and Brazil while falling to Venezuela Argentina and Uruguay to end the tournament with a 2-3 record.
Coming off an injury that forced him to sit out much of the fall season, Perez has a newfound confidence entering the spring.
“Playing in a tournament like this with the top golfers in South America has really boosted by confidence level,” said Perez. “I can now go into any tournament with the attitude that I have what it takes to win.”
Perez set the program record for lowest round score ever (71) during his freshman year, a number that has since been surpassed by sophomore Philip Nijoka’s 70 at the Badger Invitational in October.