119. The 2020 World Amateur Team Championships Are Cancelled

6th May 2020

The International Golf Federation today announced the cancellation of the 2020 Men’s and Women’s World Amateur Team Championships.

Both events had already been moved to Singapore in February due to the social unrest in Hong Kong but have now fallen victim to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The men’s Eisenhower Trophy competition had been scheduled from October 21-24 and was due to feature up to 72 countries in a 72 hole stroke play competition.

As three-man team’s from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales would all have been competing the cancellation represents another blow to Great Britain & Ireland’s 2021 Walker Cup preparation and selection plans.

Whilst USA would also have been competing the loss is probably not as great to them as they will only miss out on blooding three of their leading players.

No one has yet suggested that the 48th Walker Cup will not be played as scheduled but with just a year to go there must now be some doubt as to whether the world will have returned to sufficient normality for the match to proceed as currently planned.

Seminole Golf Club (Photo © Carlos Amoedo)

In other news this week 2021 host venue Seminole Golf Club in Florida has agreed to stage the TaylorMade Driving Relief on 17th May. This two-man match featuring Rory McIlroy & Dustin Johnson playing Rickie Fowler & Matthew Wolff has been planned to benefit U.S. COVID-19 relief efforts.

The event will be aired live from 7-11 p.m. (BST) on Sky Sports in the UK and will give the watching public its first proper glimpse of the famed course. It’s a shame the event will steal some of the Walker Cup’s thunder in this regard but hopefully it will go some way to whetting the appetite for more next year.

ME.

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2 thoughts on “119. The 2020 World Amateur Team Championships Are Cancelled”

  1. Thanks for keeping us informed, Mark.
    Have just read your interesting article on the Walker Cup (GB&I Team – December 2019) and how different life was in amateur golf during the 20’s and 30’s. However, even well-connected players found it difficult to get time off from work. Sir Ernest Holderness Bt., CBE (Amateur Champion in 1922 & 1924 / 5 x Winner of The President’s Putter / 17 x Winner of the Gold Medal at Walton Heath) was a top civil servant in the Home Office, with just two week’s holiday a year. One week with the family at Dornoch and one week playing in the Amateur Championship. He never played in an away Walker Cup. He also had to work on a Saturday morning, so won his Gold Medals on a Saturday afternoon, following his return journey to/ from Westminster. Yes, life was certainly very different!

    1. Hi Philip,

      I have been adding a bit of gloss to the ‘Previous Matches’ section of the website in recent weeks, providing some Match Notes below the scores that are listed at the top.

      When researching the 1924 match I came across Dr. John MacCormack, the Irish Amateur Close champion in both 1923 and 1924. He was invited alongside Holderness to play in USA but was also unable to persuade his employers, the Irish Department of Health, to release him.

      However, this was particularly sad as he had been badly injured in World War I and paralysed from the waist down for 5 years. He eventually recovered in 1922 after he had been advised by a London consultant to wear a rubber lined steel corset for 12 months and amazingly recovered all of his golfing skills shortly thereafter.

      As a result of MacCormack withdrawing Major Charles Hezlet, who was also in the team, became the first Irishman (on his own) to play in the match.

      Best wishes, Mark.

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