European Amateur Team

The European Amateur Team Championship is an annual competition under the jurisdiction of The European Golf Association which comprises a maximum of 24 six-man teams, each of which is nominated by its national golf authority. Male amateur competitors must be citizens of the country they represent with a playing handicap of a certain number (6.0 in 2019) or better.

European Amateur Team Championship - Sweden 2019 Winners - Photo: EGA

The tournament begins with two rounds of 18-hole stoke play to decide the seeded draw for the match play portion of the competition. The best five scores each day count towards the team’s aggregate score. Teams are then divided into three flights of eight based on stroke play performance so, for example, the first flight sets up Team 1 v Team 8, Team 2 v Team 7, Team 3 v Team 6 and Team 4 v Team 8.

Match play scoring is decided by teams playing two morning foursomes and five afternoon singles, with a win in either a foursome or single match gaining one point for the team. If a match is level after 18 holes, extra holes are played to arrive at a result. When the overall match outcome has been decided, later ties are regarded as halved, with half a point awarded to each team.

The winning team doesn’t actually get to keep the trophy for a year – it’s retained by their national golf authority which must engrave, insure and return it the following year to the EGA – but team members are presented with a gold medal, while the runners-up and third-placed competitors receive silver and bronze medals, respectively.

The first championship was held at El Prat in Barcelona back in 1959, when the Swedish team emerged victorious. The competition was staged every two years in those days (it became an annual event in 2008)...

European Amateur Team host courses

Bad Saarow (Faldo Berlin)

4th North East Germany - Best in Area 18th Germany Ranking

There are golf holes to spare at Golf Club Bad Saarow (formerly known as Sporting Club Berlin Scharmützelsee) – 63 in total – but the centrepiece of this golf resort, which is situated in Bad Saarow next to the beautiful Lake Scharmützel, is the Faldo Berlin course.

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Chantilly (Vineuil)

2nd North East France - Best in Area 3rd France Ranking 7th Continental Europe Ranking

According to the old Big Bopper song, "Chantilly Lace had a pretty face and a wiggle in her walk". Golf de Chantilly is far more than a pretty face; it’s one of Europe’s most glorious courses.

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Conwy

3rd North Wales - Best in Area 5th Wales Ranking

Conwy Golf Club has played host to a number of major tournaments, including the Martini in 1970, when Peter Thomson and Doug Sewell tied on 268...

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Diamond Country Club (Diamond)

8th Austria Ranking

There are two courses at Diamond Country Club, the Country and the Diamond. The Country course is a fragmented and rather simple affair, but the main Diamond course is the real thing.

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Esbjerg (Marbæk)

5th Denmark Ranking 74th Continental Europe Ranking

On the edge of the Marbæk Forest, amongst stands of pine, spruce and larch lies the 42-hole Esbjerg Golf Club and one of Scandinavia’s best courses is the Marbæk.

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Falsterbo

1st South & West Sweden - Best in Area 2nd Sweden Ranking 27th Continental Europe Ranking

Falsterbo is one of the few true classic links courses in Continental Europe. It’s located at the southernmost tip of Sweden on the scenic Falsterbo peninsula, where the Öresund and the Baltic meet.

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Halmstad (Norra)

2nd South & West Sweden - Best in Area 4th Sweden Ranking 50th Continental Europe Ranking

Sweden has some fantastic golf courses and the Norra (North) course at Halmstad Golfklubb is one of them. It’s a surreal setting where you can smell the salty sea air and you can hear the sea, but you can’t see it.

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Hamburger Falkenstein

1st North West Germany - Best in Area 1st Germany Ranking 11th Continental Europe Ranking

Falkenstein is an attractive golf course, which is routed in all directions of the compass. The wooded location provides a genteel oasis to play golf, away from the hustle and bustle of Hamburg’s city centre.

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Hillside

4th Lancashire - Best in Area 23rd England Ranking 52nd Britain & Ireland Ranking

Hillside Golf Club is an underrated gem, separated only by a footpath, but hiding in the shadow of its noble next-door neighbour, Royal Birkdale.

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European Amateur Team Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Georg Kittel Courses Played 22
2 Bob McCoy Courses Played 21
3 Jorn Greve Courses Played 17
4 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 16
5 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 15
= Helmut Baeck Courses Played 15
7 Brian Ward Courses Played 14
= BL Tracker Courses Played 14
9 Jim McCann Courses Played 13
10 Dr. Michael J. Noack Courses Played 11