PANAMA CITY — UCLA junior Omar Morales of Mexico opened with a 1-under 69 on Thursday and shared the lead with Santiago de la Fuente of Mexico and Jose Arzu of Guatemala after one spherical of the Latin America Novice.
Morales hit the opening tee shot within the U.S. Open final yr at Los Angeles Nation Membership and performed the primary spherical as if he needed to get again.
The winner of the Latin America Novice earns a spot within the U.S. Open, the Masters and the British Open.
Morales had two birdies over this final 4 holes within the wind of Santa Maria Golf Membership. At No. 72 on the planet beginner rating, he’s the highest-ranked participant within the area.
De la Fuente made birdie on the closing gap to affix his fellow Mexican in a share of the lead. Arzu began sturdy with three straight birdies earlier than settling for a 69.
Eight international locations and territories have been represented among the many high 10.