28th Women’s World Amateur Team Championship: 29 Aug.-1 Sept. 2018
31st Men’s World Amateur Team Championship: 5-8 Sept., 2018
WHERE: Carton House – O’Meara and Montgomerie Courses, County Kildare/Dublin, Ireland.
WHAT ARE THE WORLD AMATEUR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS?
Conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF), the World Amateur Team Championships are a biennial international amateur golf competition that rotates among three geographic zones of the world: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa.
FORMAT: Each team has two or three players, who each play 18 holes of stroke play over 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.
ELIGIBILITY: Players must be amateur golfers under the Rules of Amateur Status and nationals of the countries they represent.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY: During the Espirito Santo Trophy competition for women, 18 holes of stroke play will be conducted Wednesday 29 Aug., through Saturday 1 Sept. Similarly, 18 holes of stroke play will be conducted Wednesday 5 Sept., through Saturday 8 Sept. for the Eisenhower Trophy competition for men.
PRIZES: 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 player with the lowest individual score in each championship is recognized at the respective closing ceremony, but no prize is awarded.
ENTRIES: For the 2018 championships, there will be a record number of entries for the Espirito Santo Trophy competition (58) and 71 entries for the Eisenhower Trophy competition, one shy of the record of 72 set in Turkey in 2012. In Mexico in 2016, a total of 55 teams competed for the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship.
THE COURSES AND ARCHITECTS: Mark O’Meara, 1998 Open and Masters Champion, designed the O’Meara course. Colin Montgomerie designed the Montgomerie course which has served as the site for Irish Opens in 2005, 2006, and 2013.
ABOUT THE VENUE
As the venue for this year’s World Amateur Team Championships, Carton House continues its recent tradition of hosting large-scale golf competitions, having staged the Irish Open three times since 2005. Many famous guests have also passed through the gates of Carton, including Queen Victoria, Princess Grace of Monaco and pop icon Marianne Faithful, who was a resident of the Shell Cottage (situated above the 15th green on the O’Meara Course) for seven years during the 1990s.
The lands at Carton belonged to the Maynooth estate of the FitzGerald family from 1176 and the FitzGeralds were made Earls of Kildare in 1315, becoming one of the most influential families in the country over the course of the next eight centuries. The FitzGerald family reached pre-eminence as the virtual rulers of Ireland between 1477 and 1513. In the latter part of the 20th century the estate was purchased and developed by the Mallaghan family, who had the foresight to build the two golf courses and hotel, which opened in 2005.
In October 2017, Carton House hotel and golf resort was bought by Irish-American businessman, John Mullen. The son of emigrants from County Mayo, he is the founder and chairman of the Philadelphia-based Apple Leisure Group.
The 1,100-acre walled estate stretches across two counties: Kildare and Meath. Playing the first on Montgomerie Course, the River Rye runs in front of the teeing ground, making visible the county border line, and inviting players to strike their opening shot from Meath into Kildare.