In May of 1958, representatives from 35 countries meet in Washington, D.C., hosted by the USGA and the R&A, to establish the World Amateur Golf Council, so that it may conduct the World Amateur Team Championship. The meeting is arranged through cooperation with Pan American Airlines and the U.S. Department of State, and the trips of all attendees are funded by an anonymous group, the Friends of American Golf. President Dwight D. Eisenhower welcomes the group in the White House Rose Garden. The Council is begun with 32 Member Organizations and governing Articles are established.
October, 1958 saw the first Championship hosted by the R&A on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. The Australian team defeats the U.S. team in an 18 hole playoff by two strokes. Bobby Jones was the Captain of the U.S. team.
With the permission of the President of the United States of America, the competition is played for the Eisenhower Trophy, which is inscribed, "To foster friendship and sportsmanship among the Peoples of the World," the Council�s guiding principle. The trophy is presented to the USGA and the R&A by the Friends of American Golf.
The second Championship is hosted by the USGA at Merion Golf Club (East Course) in Ardmore, Pennsylvania in September of 1960. Although the original 1958 Delegates envisioned that the Championship would probably be match play by this year, it has remained at stroke play through the present day. Jack Nicklaus' 72 hole record of 269 still stands today. (Ben Hogan won the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion with a 287).
The United States of America has prevailed in 13 of the 27 competitions and Great Britain & Ireland has won four times, while countries as diverse in the world of golf as Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands, Scotland, France and Sweden have each captured the Eisenhower Trophy. The World Amateur Team Championship has now been conducted in 24 nations.
In 2003, the group's name was changed to the International Golf Federation.