The WATC is conducted by the International Golf Federation whose membership is made up from national governing bodies of golf in over 125 countries, the WATC is a biennial international amateur golf competition rotated amongst the Asia-Pacific, American and European-African geographic zones.
The Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) and the Irish Ladies Golfing Union (ILGU) will host the WATC 2018 in late August and early September 2018 in Ireland. The two events will be staged at Carton House, where players will be tested on the world famous O’Meara and Montgomerie courses over the competition. The Eisenhower and Espirito Santo together represent an international festival of golf.
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. “Our organisations are proud to be confirmed as hosts of the 2018 World Amateur Team Championships,” said Pat Finn, General Secretary of the GUI.
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 provided on-going support for clubs and competitions within the region over the past century. The only time either of these championships was staged in these islands was in 1958 on the Old Course at St Andrews. The Espirito Santo has never visited Britain or Ireland since its inception in 1964.