The Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) and the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) will host the 2018 World Amateur Team Championships - with the Espirito Santo Trophy (women) being competed for from Wednesday 29th August until Saturday 1st September and the Eisenhower Trophy (men) being competed for from Wednesday 5th September until Saturday 8th September. The two events will be staged at Carton House, where players will be tested on the world-famous O’Meara and Montgomerie courses . The Championships together represent an international festival of golf, during which time a Championship Gala Dinner for all participants will be staged at Maynooth University and the Biennial Meeting of the International Golf Federation will be held in Carton House on Monday 3rd September.
GUI and ILGU
The Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) was founded in 1891, making it the oldest golfing union in the world. There are four branches, split into the provincial areas of Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster. The GUI headquarters and setting for their national academy is in the grounds of Carton House, County Kildare, the venue for WATC 2018.
The Irish Ladies Golf Union (IGLU) is the governing body for amateur women’s golf in Ireland. The IGLU was formed shortly after the GUI in 1893, making it the oldest ladies golf union in the world. The ILGU holds National and District annual tournaments and selects teams and individuals to represent Ireland. The national head office is based in Sandyford, Dublin. Across Ireland both the GUI and IGLU are affiliated to hundreds of clubs.
These governing bodies have worked very closely together to provide on-going support for clubs and competitions over the past century.
Together they are proud to bring the World Amateur Team Championships to Ireland for the first time in 2018. It will also be the first time the Espirito Santo Trophy has been played for in Britain and Ireland, and the first time the Eisenhower Trophy will be played for in these islands since 1958, when the men's event alone was staged on the Old Course at St Andrews.