World Amateur Team Championships get underway in Turkey

KoreaThe 2012 World Amateur Team Championships get underway in Antalya, Turkey tomorrow.

Play starts in the women’s championship, the Espirito Santo Trophy, at Gloria Golf Club (Old and New courses) tomorrow and runs until Sunday, 30 September.

Next week the men’s event, the Eisenhower Trophy, is played at Cornelia Golf Club and Antalya Golf Club (PGA Sultan Course) from 4-7 October.

A record field of 53 teams will compete for the Espirito Santo Trophy in the 25th staging of the event. Seven countries are competing for the first time: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, India, Poland, Serbia, Tunisia and Ukraine.

The 2010 champions Korea are looking to defend the title they won in convincing fashion in Argentina and become the first country since the USA in 1988 and 1990 to win consecutive championships. Korea achieved a record 17 stroke victory over the USA to claim the trophy for the second time.

Among the many talented young players taking part will be New Zealand’s Lydia Ko who recently won her first professional event, the Canadian Women’s Open on the LPGA Tour, at the age of 15 and is also the US Women’s Amateur Champion. Ko won this year’s Mark H McCormack Medal as the leading player in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) for the second year in succession. Last year she received the award from The R&A ambassador Suzann Pettersen.

Several other players from the WAGR top ten will be playing including Hyo Joo Kim from Korea, who is ranked third, Georgia Hall, from England (4), Minjee Lee, from Australia (6), Charley Hull, from England (9) and Breanna Elliott from Australia (10).

Hull’s fellow victorious Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team members from the match at Nairn in Scotland in June, Ireland’s Leona McGuire and Stephanie Meadow and Amy Boulden from Wales, will be in the field alongside their USA counterparts Austin Ernst and Lisa McCloskey.

Each team consists of two or three players who play four rounds of 18 hole stroke play. The team score is taken from the two lowest scores from each team in each round.

The Espirito Santo Trophy was first presented in 1964 when a proposed match between the USA and France developed into a women’s counterpart to the World Amateur Team Championships with 25 teams competing. It is run by the International Golf Federation which comprises the national governing bodies of golf in 126 countries and international professional tours.

For the full draw and scoring updates please click here.