Ireland to host world amateur golf championships in 2018
IRELAND will host the hugely prestigious men’s and women’s world amateur golf championships in 2018.
As many as 500 of the world’s elite amateur golfers and literally thousands of their back-up personnel, supporters and spectators will flock to the Eisenhower and Espirito Santo Trophies in September 2018.
The two events will be staged at Carton House, where the O’Meara and Montgomerie courses both will be pressed into use over the two weeks that the events take place. The Eisenhower and Espirito Santo together represent a massive international festival of golf.
Carton, as headquarters for the Golfing Union of Ireland and setting for their national academy, is a fitting venue given the ambitious joint effort of the GUI and the Irish Ladies Golf Union to host the two championships, which were first staged on consecutive weeks at the same venue in Turkey, in 2012.
Ireland’s nomination as venue for the 2018 world championships was announced today by the world umbrella body, the International Golf Federation, at Karuizawa in Japan during the official opening ceremony for this year’s Eisenhower Trophy.
The Irish bid was launched two years ago in Turkey when the IGF, an amalgam of golf’s world controlling bodies, the R&A and USGA, and responsible for golf’s return to the Olympics, revealed they were seeking a venue for the two events in 2018.
Seventy two nations, each represented by teams of three, entered this year’s Eisenhower and that figure is expected to exceed 80 in four years time (after the sport’s return to the Olympic arena in Rio).
The only time either of these championships was staged in these islands was in 1958 on the Old Course at St Andrews. The Espirito Santo has never visited Britain or Ireland since its inception in 1964.
The 2016 championships will be played in Mexico.
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