NUMBER OF TEAMS – A record total of 57 teams have entered the 28th Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, surpassing the mark of 55 in Mexico in in 2016.
DEFENDING CHAMPION – The Republic of Korea is vying to become the first team to win consecutive WWATC titles since they won in 2010 and 2012. They have won three of the last four Espirito Santo Trophy Competitions (2010, 2012, 2106) and stand second on the list of gold medals won to the USA (13).
HOST NATION – Ireland is playing in its eighth Women’s World Amateur Team Championship with its first appearance in 1964. Between 1966 and 2000, players from Ireland had been on the Great Britain and Ireland team. It has played as Ireland in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. Its bronze-medal finish in 2016 was its best. Olivia Mehaffey and Annabel Wilson were a part of that team and are competing again in 2018 at Carton House. This year’s third Irish player, Paula Grant, played in Japan in 2014.
FIRST TIME IN WWATC – Lebanon is making its first appearance in the Espirito Santo Trophy competition while Bulgaria (2016 and 2018) is making its second appearances.
McCORMACK MEDAL WINNER – The USA’s Jennifer Kupcho is the winner of the Mark H. McCormack Medal for 2018, for holding the No. 1 position in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™ at the conclusion of the ranking period. She will be presented with her award at the opening ceremonies of the Espirito Santo competition.
WOMEN’S WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING™ (12 players in the Top 25 in WWATC) Through week of Aug. 228
1 – Jennifer Kupcho (USA)
2 – Lilia Vu (USA)
3 – Kristen Gillman (USA)
6 – Albane Valenzuela (SWI)
7 – Frida Kinhult (SWE)
15 – Leonie Harm (GER)
16 – Maddie Szeryk (CAN)
18 – Alessia Nobilio (ITA)
20 – Ayean Cho (KOR)
21 – Jaclyn Lee (CAN)
22 – Yuka Yasuda (JPN)
23 – Olivia Mehaffey (IRL)
PLAYERS IN 2018 RICOH WOMEN’S OPEN AND U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN – The following players competed in either the Ricoh Women’s Open and/or the U.S. Women’s Open in 2018:
Kristen Gillman, USA — Ricoh Women’s Open, U.S. Women’s Open
Linn Grant, SWE — Ricoh Women’s Open, U.S. Women’s Open
Sophie Hausman, GER — U.S. Women’s Open
Frida Kinhult, SWE — Ricoh Women’s Open
Agathe Laisene, FRA – Ricoh Women’s Open
Olivia Mehaffey, IRL — U.S. Women’s Open
Albane Valenzuela, SWI – U.S. Women’s Open
CURTIS CUP 2018 — Eight players in the field competed at the 2018 Curtis Cup Match in June. The USA won the Match 17-3 over Great Britain and Ireland at Quaker Ridge GC outside of New York City. Jennifer Kupcho, Lilia Vu and Kristen Gillman played on that victorious team. Olivia Mehaffey and Paula Grant of the Republic of Ireland and Annabell Fuller and Sophie Lamb of England and Shannon McWilliam of Scotland were members of the GB&I side.
OLDEST PLAYER – Beatriz Arenas, 70, of Guatemala, is the oldest player in the field. This is her 11th appearance at the WWATC as either a player or captain. This is her eighth time as a player and third as a captain. She is a painter, who specializes in nature and animals.