Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – The 2016 World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) will be held in Mexico’s Riviera Maya from September 8 to 24. It will be the first time the country has hosted the event since 1966.
“We cannot tell you how touched and emotional we are,” said past Mexican Golf Federation president Fernando Ysita, who was part of the bid presentation. “It’s a great opportunity to show the world and the golfers what kind of courses we have, what kind of people we are and what kind of organization we can hopefully provide. It is really important to Mexico and Mexican golf that we have been allowed to receive these championships back.”
Mayakoba and Iberostar Playa Paraiso resorts will host the World Amateur Golf in both the men’s and women’s divisions which are expected to be attended by 400 competitors representing 72 countries.
The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship will be played from September 14 to 17 at El Camaleón Golf Club at the Fairmont Mayakoba and Playa Paraíso Golf Club at the Iberostar Resort, both in Cancun, with the World Amateur Team Championship being contested over the same courses on September 21 to 24. It will be the 27th time that the women will compete for the Espirito Santo Trophy and the 30th men’s competition for the Eisenhower Trophy.
Organizers of the event also released the official 2016 logo explaining, “Mexico is very proud of its Mayan culture, so we tried to fuse a classic golf symbol, the golf ball with one of the most important symbols of Mayan culture, the god Kukulkan, who is a feathered serpent,” said Federico Valdez Adame, executive director of the Mexican Golf Federation. “The idea was to provide the 2016 WATC with both a Mexican and a Mayan identity. We really hope everyone likes the logo.”
The World Amateur Team Championships is a biennial international amateur golf competition conducted by the International Golf Federation.
This year coincides with the 50th anniversary of the country’s first WATC. It was in 1966 at Club de Golf Mexico in Mexico City that the men’s competition and at Mexico City Country Club that the women’s competition took place for the first time.