The Irish Ladies Golf Union and the Golfing Union of Ireland are staging the World Amateur Team Championships at Carton House, Maynooth this coming August & September.
With expected attendance of over 10,000 spectators and golfers and supporters from 75 different countries participating, this is a significant international event taking place in County Kildare.
The 28th women’s championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy and the 31st men’s championship for the Eisenhower Trophy will begin on August 25th until September 9th.
The O’Meara Golf Course at Carton House has hosted the 2005 Irish Amateur Open and the 2005 East Leinster Ladies Championship. The Montgomerie Golf Course at Carton House has been the site of the 2005, 2006 and 2013 Irish Open, the 2004 Irish Amateur Open and the 2012 European Amateur.
“I am excited that the World Amateur Team Championships will be going to Ireland in 2018, in a country with great golfing tradition and experience in hosting major golf events such as the Ryder Cup,” said IGF Executive Director Antony Scanlon. “I am sure the players will have a wonderful experience in Ireland.”
“Our organizations are proud to be confirmed as hosts of the 2018 World Amateur Team Championships,” said Pat Finn, General Secretary of the Golf Union of Ireland. “Ireland’s tradition of welcoming visitors and forging friendships is consistent with the ethos of the championships, which we are eager to uphold.”
Both championships feature the world’s leading amateurs and are played over 72 holes of stroke play. Each country is represented by a team of two or three players.
The men’s competition of the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship, hosted by the Japan Golf Association, was played at Karuizawa 72 Golf East (Iriyama and Oshitate Courses) in Karuizawa, Japan with 67 teams competing. The 2014 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship concluded on 6 September with Australia claiming its third Espirito Santo Trophy, by two strokes over Canada. A total of 50 teams competed in the championship.
The 2016 Championships were played in Cancun, Mexico.
The World Amateur Team Championships are a biennial international amateur competition conducted by the International Golf Federation, which comprises national governing bodies of golf in 131 countries. The competition is rotated among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa.
The IGF is the international federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the world governing body for golf. In addition to the World Amateur Team Championships, the IGF also organizes the golf competitions at the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games.