Founded in 1995 by Sven Tumba, one of the most prominent sports icons throughout time, representing Sweden in ice-hockey, soccer, as well as golf. Tournament Patron Arnold Palmer was a supporter for over a decade. Annika Sörenstam took over as Hon. Chairman of the Advisory Board after the sad passing of Seve Ballesteros.

It’s now the world’s largest amateur golf championship with national championships in over 40 countries. Designed to give all amateur golfers the thrill & prestige of representing their nation in a global championship against players of similar skill level.

Complies with USGA & R&A amateur rules. The Invitational is a separate tournament that gives golfers the opportunity to share in the exciting “WGC experience” of a world-wide tour-like championship event, without first having to qualify.

The Invitational caters to business executives, celebrities, VIP clients, sponsors, national organizers and golf enthusiasts.

The world final is held at great resorts (such as renowned 5-star resorts) and played at some of the best courses in the host nation.

Format & Rules

The World Amateur Golfers Championship world final and World Amateur Golfers Invitational tournaments are played over 72 holes, stroke play, with hcp adjustments after each round, giving all a fair and equal opportunity both in the team championship and individually within each flight.




Players in both the Champion­ship and the Invitational compete for individual titles within each flight, as well as a team title.


The Championship Team Com­petition combines the best four scores (of five) per day from the national team whereas the Invitational counts the combined total score of both team members.


In order to participate in the world final you must be at least 16 years of age before the championship starts (and must be accompanied by an adult if under 18).


All Partners/ team managers/captains supply WAGC with a signed document listing their five championship players and the handicaps of the players on qualification. This signed document must be countersigned by a representative of the home country amateur golf union. This document must be sent to WAGC (admin@worldgolfers.com) prior to competing.




*Countries that do not supply this completed document would be required to start the championship off the minimum allowable handicap in each flight. Handicap 0 – 5.4, without paperwork means you start at 0.



The Championship is played in five handicap flights and the Invitational in six handicap flights, each played separately.

All WAGC players compete in the handicap flights they qualified into and most will play with their exact handicaps, with the following exceptions:

  • Players entering the world final with higher handicaps than the flights they qualified into will play with the highest handicap for their flight.
  • Players who enter the world final with lower handicaps than the flights into which they qualified will play with their current handicaps, even though they are lower then the flight. 


Equitable Stroke Control sets a maximum number of strokes that a player can post on any hole during the tournament to par +4.

In other words: If you are five over par on a hole, you pick up the ball and write the maximum strokes as shown here:



Par 3 = 7 strokes, Par 4 = 8 strokes, Par 5 = 9 strokes



To cope with the varying handicap rules from around the world handicap adjustments are made after each round. This balances the scores and gives a fair game under equal conditions.

The adjustment is based on the players score against par, see handicap adjustment chart.

Ex. If you play a Par 72 course and shoot between 77-79 you get 1 extra stroke the next round. 



For over two decades World Amateur Golfers Championship has grown to become the worlds largest amateur golf championship, with national championships and players in the world finals from over 40 countries.

World Amateur Golfers Championship (WAGC) inspires amateur golfers from around the world to take on the challenge of competing within their own skill levels by receiving the same status as the professionals and elite do with the proud feeling of representing their country in a world championship final.

National Championships –> WAGC World Final: 5 national flight winners compete in the world final individually and as a team.

The tournament begins as a national championship in countries around the world where the winners from five handicap flights in each country becomes National Champions of their flight and represents their national team as well as individually within their flights. The flights are: 0 – 5.4, 5.5 – 10.4, 10.5 – 15.4, 15.5 – 20.4 and 20.5 – 25.4

The world final is played over 72 holes (like professional PGA tournaments) with handicap adjustments between each round.

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