Pigs dot the Latin America leaderboard

Segundo Oliva Pinto led a group of four University of Arkansas golfers into the top 11 after the opening round of the Latin American Amateur Championship on Thursday.

Playing in the afternoon groups, Oliva Pinto shot a 6-under 66 on the Teeth of the Dog beachfront course at Casa de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic. Oliva Pinto of Argentina is tied with Roberto Nieves of Puerto Rico on the 7,048-yard, par-72 course.

Oliva Pinto birdied two of the first three holes, made the 3-under turn, then birdied three more holes on the back nine to end her bogey-free round on a windy day with temperatures in the middle from the 80s.

Oliva Pinto, the defending SEC individual champion, and Nieves are two strokes ahead of the trio of Vicente Marzilio, Andrey Borges and Martin Leon, who are tied for third with 68 seconds.

Fellow Razorbacks Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira of Aregentina and Julian Perico of Peru are part of a five-man field tied for sixth at 3 under.

Fernandez de Oliveira, playing in the morning, birdied Nos. 12, 17 and 18 en route to his bogey free 69 the week after winning the South American Amateur title in Quito, Ecuador. Perico, a senior from Peru who started on the back nine in the afternoon, was 5 under through 12 holes and tied for the lead before carding bogeys on numbers 5 and 8.

Juan Camilo Vesga, a redshirt freshman from Columbia, was among a group of six players tied for 11th at 2-under 70. Vesga had five birdies and three bogeys and nearly broke through for an eagle with a bump-and-run iron shot. on his final hole, which sounded the flag and rolled inches from the cup for a birdie tap-in.

Second-year Argentine Razorback Manuel Lozada is tied for 19th after shooting an even par 72 in the morning that featured three birdies and three bogeys.