ABOUT WATC

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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.

2016 WATC

Each team has two or three players and plays 18-holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.

IGF National Federation Members may enter one women’s team and one men’s team. Players must be amateur golfers under the Rules of Amateur Status of the R&A and the United States Golf Association and nationals of the countries they represent, as defined in the IGF’s Nationality Policy.

The winning team in the women’s competition receives custody of the Espirito Santo Trophy for the ensuing two years. The winning team in the men’s competition receives custody of the Eisenhower Trophy for the ensuing two years. Members of the winning teams receive gold medals, members of the second-place teams receive silver medals and members of the third-place teams receive bronze medals. The lowest individual score in each championship is recognized at the respective closing ceremony, but no prize is awarded.

Espirito Santo Trophy (Women)

Practice Rounds: 12 – 13 September 2016

Championship: 14 – 17 September 2016

Reserve day: 18 September 2016

Eisenhower Trophy (Men)

Practice Rounds: 19 – 20 September 2016

Championship: 21 – 24 September 2016

Reserve day: 25 September 2016

Team Registration

Team registration will be located at the Iberostar Convention Center:

 

Espirito Santo Trophy:

Saturday 10 September 2016 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday 11 September 2016 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Eisenhower Trophy:

Saturday 17 September 2016 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday 18 September 2016 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

NOTE: Teams will not be allowed to play a practice round if they have not registered.

All Team members (i.e., Captain and Players) must be present together at registration.

Practice Rounds:

Each team will be assigned one practice round time on each course.  Practice round schedules will be allocated by the IGF; requests for specific times/courses will not be accepted.  Teams missing their assigned practice round times will not be permitted to play at another time unless there are exceptional circumstances, in which case any changes must be approved by the IGF in advance.  Please note that it will not be considered exceptional circumstances if players/teams choose to travel on practice round days.  Further, if inclement weather causes delay or cancellation of a practice round, that round will not be re-scheduled.

To inform IGF of unforseen travel delay please send an email to WATC@igfmail.org.


Tee times and results of the WATC will be available on the IGF website in due time.

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