Past USGA President Diana Murphy and past USGA Women’s Committee Chairman Pam Murray will serve as USA captains for the 2020 World Amateur Team Championship and 2020 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, respectively. The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship will be held Oct. 14-17, followed by the World Amateur Team Championship Oct. 21-24, at Tanah Merah Country Club and Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.
“We are very proud to have Diana and Pam lead our teams in Singapore this year,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “Each woman has a proven history of strong leadership and service with the USGA and will be a terrific representative of our country and teams at these important international championships.”
Murphy is the second woman to be named captain of the USA World Amateur Team, joining Judy Bell, who captained the USA team to victory in 2000. At the USGA, Murphy served on the Executive Committee for seven years, culminating in her service as president for two years, from 2016-17. She previously served as treasurer in 2013 and vice president from 2014-15. Her volunteer commitment to the USGA began in 1996, when she joined the USGA Membership Committee.
An active community supporter, Murphy has served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia since 2006 and is an executive committee member of the College of Coastal Georgia, where she played an instrumental role in its move from a two-year to a four-year institution. She also serves on the boards of directors of CTS, Synovus Financial and Landstar, for which she is currently the chairman of the board. She is the managing director of Rocksolid Holdings, LLC, a private-equity firm focused on small business and real estate in the Southeast.
“I am honored to serve as captain for the USA team for the 2020 World Amateur Team Championship,” said Murphy, who resides in Sea Island, Ga. “It’s always special to represent your country in any capacity, and I look forward to what promises to be a memorable experience with three of our nation’s finest amateurs.”
Murray joined the USGA Women’s Committee in 2011, serving as vice chair in 2015-16 and chairman in 2017-18. She chaired the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Committee in 2013-14 and the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Committee in 2014-15. Murray also served as president of the Women’s Texas Golf Association from 2008-2010 and was a long-time member of the Texas Golf Association Rules Committee. A retired educator, she resides in Richardson, Texas.
“Being asked to serve as the captain of the 2020 USA Women’s World Amateur Team means a great deal to me,” said Murray. “I’m incredibly honored to represent the USA and lead our team of three talented amateurs during this year’s championship in Singapore.”
Both championships consist of 72 holes of stroke play (18 holes a day over four days). In each round, the total of the two lowest scores by the three players from each team constitutes the team score for that round. The four-day total is the team’s score for the championship. The women play for the Espirito Santo Trophy and the men play for the Eisenhower Trophy.
The 2018 World Amateur Team Championships were played at Carton House Golf Club near Dublin, Ireland. Denmark captured its first Eisenhower Trophy in the 31st men’s championship, while the USA won the Espirito Santo Trophy for the first time in 20 years in the 28th women’s championship. Among the players who have competed in these two championships are: Jack Nicklaus, Nick Price, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak, Lorena Ochoa, Suzann Pettersen and Lydia Ko.
The World Amateur Team Championship was founded in 1958, followed by the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in 1964. The 2020 championships in Singapore will be hosted by the Singapore Golf Association and the 2022 championships will be hosted by the French Golf Federation in Paris. Le Golf National and Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche will serve as the courses for both 2022 championships.
The International Golf Federation (IGF) was founded in 1958 to encourage the international development of golf through friendship and sportsmanship. Today, the IGF consists of 151 national governing bodies of golf representing 146 countries, and 22 international professional tours and organizations conducting major championships. The IGF is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the international federation for golf. In addition to the World Amateur Team Championships, the IGF also organizes the golf competitions at the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games.