It’s not yet four months old, but 2012 has already been an historic year for Chilean golf.
First, there was the inaugural edition of the Chile Classic, as part of the PGA tour’s foray into Latin America, held in Santiago in May.
Now, Chile’s number one golfer, Felipe Aguilar, wrote another page of history for this Andean nation at the southern tip of the Americas, becoming the first non-European to be elected to the European Tour Tournament Players Committee, ever.
“It’s a real privilege to become the first non-European to be elected to the Tournament Committee, as there are many things I can suggest to help further improve the Tour,” said Aguilar.
Born in the southern coastal city of Valdivia, Aguilar turned pro in 1999, after a stellar amateur career in which he won three Chilean Amateur championships in succession from 1990 to 1993, as well as claiming the 1992 South American Amateur title.
Aguilar won his first pro career title in 2002, when he took home the Chilean Open, and has four other pro titles to his name, including the 2008 Enjoy Jakarta Indonesian Open.
The Chilean is among 40 players who comprise the non-European contingent of the European Tour. The 15-member committee of the European Tour is responsible for representing the interests of the tournament’s competitors, including such roles as selecting captains for the European Ryder Cup and agreeing on punishment for breaches of behaviour.
The committee’s first meeting is scheduled to take place in Seville during the Spanish Open in May, where Aguilar is hoping to help shape the long-term direction of the tournament and its presence in Latin America.
“The European Tour is no longer a Europe-only tour, as it’s very much a world-wide tour, and being South American, I feel as though I can bring a different perspective to the committee,” Aguilar said.