Singapore has been appointed as the host country of the 2025 World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) at the International Golf Federation (IGF) biennial meeting held at Le Golf National in Paris on 29 August.
Held biennially, the prestigious WATC consists of two events – the Espirito Santo trophy (women) and the Eisenhower Trophy (men). First held in 1958, WATC include up to 72 countries competing in 72 holes of stroke play competition. Each country fields two or three players with the two lowest scores counting per round.
Mr Antony Scanlon, Executive Director of the IGF mentioned, “Singapore Golf Association has a great reputation and experience in hosting successful international amateur golf competitions, and we are excited to have selected them to host the 2025 World Amateur Team Championships. Our athletes are certain to be warmly welcomed and enjoy a fantastic experience in Singapore.”
The Singapore Golf Association (SGA) will be hosting this prestigious international event for the first time. “We are honoured to be selected to host the World Amateur Team Championships in 2025. We would like to thank the International Golf Federation and all National Federation Members for giving us this opportunity to further our mission to promote the game of golf in Singapore and the region. This will be the first time Singapore will be hosting this prestigious event and we look forward to welcoming top golfers and officials from around the world to our island,” said Mr Tan Chong Huat, President of the Singapore Golf Association (SGA).
The (SGA) will host both events at the renowned Tanah Merah Country Club (TMCC), Tampines course. Recognized as one of the most premier golf clubs in the Asian region, TMCC has hosted international tournaments such as the recent Asian Tour events International Series Singapore and The Singapore International. The Tampines Course will also play host to the upcoming Hana Financial Group Singapore Women’s Open in December 2022.
“Tanah Merah Country Club is honoured and delighted to be the host venue for the World Amateur Team Championships in Singapore in 2025. We look forward to welcoming the world’s top amateur ladies and men golfers as they vie for the Espírito Santo and Eisenhower trophies. The hosting of this world class event will enhance the Club’s position as a premier club and golf destination in the region. We will spare no efforts to work with the STB and SGA in making this a successful and memorable tournament,” said Mr Ng Kee Choe, Chairman of Tanah Merah Country Club.
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Sport Singapore have supported SGA in its bid and will continue to work closely to deliver the best experience for all athletes and delegates. Mr Chaly Mah, Chairman of Singapore Tourism Board, said: “The 2025 World Amateur Team Championships adds to our calendar of world-class sporting events and further entrenches Singapore’s position as a regional sports tourism hub. We look forward to welcoming the travelling players and their accompanying friends and families, and strive to provide them with a memorable experience on and off the golf course. Local golf enthusiasts will also be able to participate in golfing clinics and seminars, in addition to enjoying the top level golfing action.”
Dr Su Chun Wei, Chief of Singapore Sports Institute, said: “Hosting the prestigious 2025 World Amateur Team Championships will be a key driver in raising the standards of the sport locally over the next few years, and it will give our athletes a once in a lifetime opportunity to compete against the world’s best amateur golfers right on home soil. We are delighted that the International Golf Federation is confident in our capability to deliver a world-class golf event, and we will work closely with SGA over the next few years to ensure the event’s success.”
The IGF is composed of 150 Member Federations, from 147 countries, representing more than 66.5 million people who play golf. All national golf federations affiliated to the IGF are being included in the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of their countries. The IGF is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the international federation for golf. In addition to the World Amateur Team Championships, the IGF also organises the golf competitions at the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games.
For further information, please contact Singapore Golf Association General Manager, Mr Joshua Ho at email@example.com.
About the World Amateur Team Championships (WATC)
The World Amateur Team Championships are a biennial international amateur golf competition conducted by the International Golf Federation. The women contest the Espirito Santo Trophy while the men compete for the Eisenhower Trophy. This year marks the 29th edition of the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, which was first played in 1964 in France. The World Amateur Team Championship was first played in 1958 on the Old Course of St Andrews and 2022 is its 32nd edition.
About the International Golf Federation (IGF)
The IGF is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the international federation for golf. In addition to the World Amateur Team Championships, the IGF also organises the golf competitions at the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games. The IGF is composed of 150 members federations from 147 countries, representing more than 66 million people who play golf.