Mexico to host 2016 World Amateur Team event

Florida sophomore Camilla Hedberg finished T-2 at the Women's World Amateur Team Championship. She was the low collegiate player at the event.

ANTALYA, Turkey – Mexico will host the 2016 World Amateur Team Championships, Golfweek has learned.

Mexico was awarded the biennial championship ahead of Colombia after a vote by International Golf Federation delegates at a meeting Oct. 2 here, site of this year's men's and women's WATC. The 2014 event will be in Japan.

Mexico and Colombia are long-standing members of the IGF. Delegates from both countries were among the 35 nations with representatives at a meeting in Washington in May 1958 arranged by the U.S. Golf Association and R&A to create the World Amateur Team Championships. Both countries were part of the original 32-member organization that made up the World Amateur Golf Council, the forerunner to the International Golf Federation.

Though Colombia has never hosted the World Amateur Team Championships, Mexico hosted the tournament in 1968. That event, the sixth staging, was held at Mexico Golf Club in Mexico City. A United States team of Bruce Fleisher, Vinny Giles, Jack Lewis Jr. and Dick Siderowf captained by former USGA president William C. Campbell took the title by a shot over Great Britain & Ireland, with Canada finishing third.

Mexico has not won the WATC. However, the men’s team has finished fifth on three occasions (1962, 1966 and 1970) and will try to better those results this week. The best finish by a team of Mexican women is joint sixth, in 1960. Mexico’s women’s team finished 18th in last week’s World Amateur Team at Gloria Golf Club in Antalya.

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