Espirito Santo Trophy gets underway in Argentina

Sweden victorious in 2008.The 2010 World Amateur Team Championships get underway in Argentina today [Wednesday] with the first day of the 24th Espirito Santo Trophy, which is being held at Buenos Aires and Olivos golf clubs. It is the second time that the Championships have been held in Buenos Aires, with Olivos and The Hindu Country Club serving as hosts in 1972. Of the other nations in the Americas, only the USA, has twice staged the biennial championships.

Jessica Korda, who was a member of the USA’s winning team at the 2010 Copa los Americas, which was contested in Argentina on the same courses, will strike the first shot of the Championships at 8.00am local time at Olivos, while over at Buenos Aires, Brazil’s Mariana de Biase, a veteran of four previous Espirito Santos, will simultaneously enjoy the same honour.

Jessica KordaSweden, meanwhile, are attempting to become the first team to win back-to-back Espirito Santo Trophies since the USA in 1988 and 1990. The Swedes are, in fact, the only nation to finish in the top 10 in all 23 previous Women’s World Amateur Team Championships. Caroline Hedwall, the sole returning player from the 2008 victory in Australia, will lead the team after becoming the NCAA Division I individual champion earlier this year.

A record number of 53 teams are competing in the women’s event, with Guam, Nigeria, Slovenia and Tanzania represented for the first time.

Teams of two or three players will play 18 holes of stroke play on each of four days over Olivos and Buenos Aires, both of which play to pars of 72 and measure 6,110 yards. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each nation will constitute the team score for the round. The four-day, 72-hole total is the team’s score for the championship.

Caroline HedwallThe Espirito Santo Trophy will reach its conclusion on Saturday 23 October. Following that, the practice rounds for the Eisenhower Trophy, the men’s equivalent, will commence. Competitive rounds will begin on 28 October on the same courses, with the champions being crowned on Sunday 31 October, at which point the 2010 World Amateur Team Championships will be brought to a close.

Conducted by the International Golf Federation, which comprises the national governing bodies of golf in more than 120 countries, the World Amateur Team Championships are biennial international amateur golf competitions rotated among three geographic zones of the world: Asia-Pacific, the Americas and Europe-Africa.

For the latest news and a live leaderboard, visit the World Amateur Team Championships Official Website.