Japan to host 2014 World Am Team Championships

Players gather for the opening ceremonies of the World Amateur Team Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The World Amateur Team Championships is heading to Japan in 2014.

The city of Karuizawa, in Nagano Prefecture, was selected for the biennial international amateur competition by organizer International Golf Federation. The Prince Hotel Resort’s Iriyama and Oshitate courses will host the 26th women’s championship and 29th men’s championship in September 2014.

“The International Golf Federation is extremely pleased to accept the bid of the Japan Golf Association to host the 2014 World Amateur Team Championships,” said IGF Joint Chairmen Allan Gormly and Jim Hyler in a statement. “Returning to Japan for these championships more than 50 years after the third Eisenhower Trophy competition is a historic moment for our federation.”

Japan served as host of the 1962 Men’s World Amateur Team Championship at Fuji Golf Course at the Kawana Hotel in Shizuoka.

The women’s and men’s WATC, which feature some of the world’s leading amateurs, are played over 72 holes of stroke play. Each country is represented by a team of two or three players.

The 2012 WATC is scheduled for Antalya, Turkey, at Cornelia Golf Club (Nick Faldo Course) and Antalya Golf Club (PGA Sultan Course) for the men’s competition, and Gloria Golf Club’s Old and New Courses for the women’s competition.

Last month, South Korea and France won the women’s and men’s 2010 WATC, respectively, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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