WHAT ARE THE WORLD AMATEUR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS?
The World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) are conducted by the International Golf Federation (formerly the World Amateur Golf Council), which comprises the national governing bodies of golf in more than 140 countries. The World Amateur Team Championships are a biennial international amateur golf competition rotated among three geographic zones of the world: Asia-Pacific, American and European-African.
You will find more information about the WATC and its history on the IGF website.
FOUNDING OF THE MEXICAN GOLF FEDERATION AND THE 1966 WATC
In 1926 the managers’ council of the Mexico Country Club thought of the need to create a golf organization to represent the clubs already established throughout the country; for such reason in 1926 several representatives from every club were invited by this council to gather in order to form the “Mexico Golf Association”.
Mexico Golf Association immediately began conducting Championships such as the First Annual Golf Tournament along with Men and Women National Amateur Championships. The first “Mexico Open Championship” was conducted in 1944 and two years later, on August 29th 1946, the “Mexico Golf Association” was legally established, officially named “Mexican Golf Association” and as such, hosted the 1966 WATC.
Back in 1966 the WATC was played in two of the most traditional golf clubs in Mexico City. The Club de Golf Mexico (Mexico Golf Club) hosted 32 men teams and the Club Campestre de la Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico Country Club) hosted 19 women teams, the winners back then were Australia and United States in men and women respectively.
50 years later, Mexico once again has the honor to host the WATC in two magnificent golf courses, both ranked among the best of the Caribbean and certainly among the very best in Mexico, Mayakoba El Camaleón and Iberostar Playa Paraíso will make Golf History.