What began as a proposal for a match in 1964 between the USA and France grew into the Women's World Amateur Team Championship.The impetus for this championship was an invitation by the French Golf Federation for the USA Curtis Cup team to stop off in France for an informal match after that year's Curtis Cup Match in Wales.
The USGA accepted the invitation, but also suggested inviting other nations to create a women's counterpart to the World Amateur Team Championship. That event for men's teams began in 1958 after an invitation from Japan to establish a match between the two nations.
The original delegates from the United States were: John D. Ames, Charles L. Peirson, Richard S. Tufts, Wm. Ward Foshay and Joseph C. Dey Jr.
The French were delighted to sponsor the inaugural women's Championship and arranged for it to be played at the St. Germain Golf Club, near Paris, in October 1964. The event, under the chairmanship of Vicomtesse de Saint-Sauveur, was a triumph.
A total of 25 teams and 75 players participated, which instantly established the competition as a member of international golf's family of championships. Spectator enthusiasm at the first championship was keen, since the host team prevailed over the USA by one stroke.
The French player Catherine Lacoste, who would later become a heroine of the amateur game when she won the 1967 U.S. Women's Open (she remains the only amateur to win that championship), was a big factor in the excitement in her home country. Her final-round 73 secured the Espirito Santo Trophy for France. Miss Lacoste tied with Carol Sorenson of the USA at 294 for low individual honors.
While no official recognition is given for individual champions, Jung-Eun Han of Korea lowered the 72-hole individual scoring record in 2010. She shot 275 at Olivos and Buenos Aires Golf Clubs in Argentina, one shot better than the previous mark of Jenny Chuasiriporn of the USA in 1998. Han defeated here countrywomen Ji-Hee Kim by two shots and Hyun-Soo Kim by three, as the Koreans won the championship by 17 strokes over the United States.
In 1966, the World Amateur Golf Council assumed sponsorship of future Women's World Amateur Team Championships. Since its second-place finish in the inaugural event, the USA has dominated, winning 13 times. Spain (1986, 1992) and France (1964, 2000) are the only other multiple victors.
For the first time in history, two courses were used in the championship back in 2002. The following year, the group's name was changed to the International Golf Federation.
Since its second-place finish in the inaugural event, the USA has dominated, winning 13 times. Spain (1986, 1992), France (1964, 2000), Australia (1978, 2002), Sweden (2004, 2008) and Korea (1996, 2010) are the only other multiple victors.