EGF receives IGF banner ahead of hosting 2023 World Amateur Team Championship


General Abdallah Al Hashmi (left), vice-president of the Emirates Golf Federation, receives the banner from Pascal Grizot, president of the French Golf Federation.

Gulf today, Staff reporter

During the closing ceremony of the World Amateur Team Championship (WATC) 2022, the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) received the banner of the International Golf Federation (IGF) before hosting the WATC 2023 in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

As is tradition during the closing ceremony of the WATC, the host federation, in this case, the president of the French Golf Federation, Pascal Grizot, handed over the banner of the championship to the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF), General Vice-President Abdallah Al Hashmi.

In October 2023, EGF will host the 33rd WATC at the Jumeirah Golf Estates on the Fire Course.

The WATC is organized by the IGF, where members of the IGF (World National Golf Federations) enter a women’s team and a men’s team, consisting of three (3) amateur golfers, to compete for the Espirito Santo Trophy (Women’s Championship ) and the Eisenhower Trophy (men’s championship).

Meanwhile, during the 2022 WATC – Eisenhower Trophy, Khalid Yousuf Aljasmi, Ahmad Skaik and Abdalla Al Musharrekh represented the UAE team. It was a tough weekend for the injury-struggling team that hasn’t played in many competitive tournaments over the past few months. The United Arab Emirates team finished in 68th place.

The championship took place on the Golf National course, home of the 2018 Ryder Cup and on the Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche golf course. Both courses tested all players, but Khalid Yousuf Aljasmi paved the way for the United Arab Emirates side, who shot 27 above par for the championship.

“The Emirates Golf Federation is looking forward to welcoming the IGF and World Golf Federations to the UAE next year. For years the UAE has hosted the top professional championships in the sport and now we have the opportunity to host the most respected amateur championships in the world. Hosting the championships in the United Arab Emirates shows the dedication of the Emirates Golf Federation to the development of the sport in the region,” said General Hashmi.

During this year’s WATC, the IGF hosted its bi-annual meeting bringing together delegations and leaders from the World Golf Federations. During the meeting, the EGF presented the federations with a report on the current progress of the 2023 WATC at the Jumeirah Golf Estates on the Fire Course. The presentation was widely accepted.

By winning the gold medal at WATC 2022 in Paris, France was the Italy team. Sweden won the silver medal and the UAE the bronze.

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