07 May 2020 | Industry news |

Plug pulled on World Amateur

by Mark Hayes

The world's best amateurs won't gather to contest either the Espirito Santo or Eisenhower trophies as scheduled this year.
The world's best amateurs won't gather to contest either the Espirito Santo or Eisenhower trophies as scheduled this year.

The World Amateur Team Championships have become the latest golfing victim of the Covid-19 crisis.

International Golf Federation executive director Antony Scanlon today announced both men's and women's events, slated for Singapore in October, had been cancelled.

The inaugural Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship was also cancelled, but it was also announced that the 2021 tournament will be staged at the same venu, the Pilar Golf in Buenos Aires, in September next year.

This comes after the recent announcement by Masters chairman Fred Ridley that the Augusta National Women's Amateur could not logistically be staged in November to coincide with the rescheduled Masters.

The Asia Pacific Golf Confederation has already cancelled its junior championships and Nomura Cup.

The APGC is also soon to make decisions on the Women's Amateur Asia Pacific in Thailand and the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, currently scheduled for Royal Melbourne in late October.

Scanlon said the IGF had given strong consideration to postponing the biennial WATC until next year.

"However, this would have created considerable scheduling and logistical issues that were insurmountable, plus we still could not say with absolute certainty that we could hold it without risk next year," he said.

"Therefore, it is preferred that the IGF look forward to focusing on and delivering a wonderful 2022 event in France."

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