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Colombia's Nicolas Echavarria leads Latin American Amateur

LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic -- Colombia's Nicolas Echavarria shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Latin American Amateur Championship.

The winner Sunday will receive a spot in the Masters and the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur.

A senior at Arkansas, Echavarria had a 7-under 137 total on Casa De Campo's Teeth of the Dog course. He had an eagle and seven birdies in a 12-hole stretch, but made a double bogey on the par-4 17th.

"I'm comfortable with where I am," Echavarria said in a press release. "It's a course where the good ball-strikers and the smart guys are going to be up there no matter what, because there are a lot of holes with trouble where you cannot hit it, and the closing holes are tough."

Argentina's Alejandro Tosti, who finished second in the inaugural LAAC last year outside Buenos Aires, was second after a 65. The 7 under totals posted by Echavarria and Tosti on Friday tied the single round record for the event.

"I wasn't feeling really good after the round," said Tosti of shooting 75 in Round 1 on Thursday, closing with a double-bogey. "The score didn't reflect what I did on the course. I was thinking a lot, I talked with a lot of people, and I knew my game could do it, I knew."

Bolivia's Jose Luis Montano was another stroke back after a 69. Tosti is a sophomore at Florida, and Montano is a sophomore at Xavier of Ohio.