Gallegos was one of two 17-year-olds to qualify for Royal St George’s on the same day in January 2020. South Korean Joohyung Kim earned his spot with a fourth-place finish at the SMBC Singapore Open, then Gallegos captured the Latin America Amateur Championship, which offered an Open Championship spot for the first time in addition to an invitation to The Masters.
Gallegos was two behind Colombian Jose Vega with a round to play, but produced a four under par 67 to triumph by four.
“Last night, when I put my head on the pillow, I had all types of thoughts running through my head,” he stated. “But when I woke up I stood up, looked at myself in the mirror and said ‘You can do this. Let’s do it.’”
He hails from the small town of Veinticinco De Mayo, about two hours south-west of Buenos Aires, and learned the game on a modest nine-hole course named Las Mulitas (“Little Mules”).