Emirates Golf Federation will host the 2023 WATC
The Emirates Golf Federation will host the 2023 World Amateur Team Championships (WATC). The Championships were originally set to be held in Dubai but a recent move to Abu Dhabi will see the Championships contested at the National Course at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Please read the Emirates Golf Federation's recent press release.
In another recent change, the order of play for the men’s and women’s championships will be reversed to avoid a conflict in dates with other prestigious tournaments.
The 33rd men’s championship for the Eisenhower Trophy will be held from 18–21 October and the 30th women’s championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy will be held from 25-28 October 2023.
This marks the first time the event, which dates back to 1958, will be held in the Middle East. It also will be the first to be held with a reduced scope of one golf course and 36 teams to lessen the cost and complexity of hosting the event, as approved at the IGF’s 2018 biennial meeting.
Further, it will be the first to be held during an odd year to avoid same-year conflict with future Summer Olympic Games, following a decision by the IGF Administrative Committee to hold every future World Amateur Team Championships beyond 2022 on odd years.
First held in 1958, the World Amateur Team Championships includes 72 holes of stroke play competition. Each country fields two or three players with the two lowest scores counting per round.
About Emirates Golf Federation
The Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) was formed in 1995 and is the Governing Body of Golf in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The EGF administrates and provides the United States Golf Association (USGA) Handicap System to all EGF members. The EGF sanctions all amateur and professional golfing events and activities in the UAE.
The EGF is a non-profit organization with the goals and responsibility of increasing awareness and participation in golf. The EGF actively conducts an Order of Merit Season, National Junior Development Program, and Senior, Junior, and Ladies National Team Programs. The EGF and UAE golf clubs work closely together to help shape the future of golf in the UAE.
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