An Introduction to the Spirit International

The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship is a world class golf event. Like none other, the Spirit features the world’s best amateur men and amateur women golfers as they represent their respective country in team and individual competitions. The 80 participants enjoy an Olympic like experience from the opening/closing ceremonies, international village and competing for gold medals.

The Spirit Golf Association and Texas Golf Association invite 20 countries from six continents to participate. Established in 2001, The Spirit is a biennial event that alternates tournament years with the World Amateur Team Championships.


Invitation Guidelines

The field of countries is limited to 20 teams (each team is comprised of two men and two women golfers). Twenty country teams are invited based on the men and women’s combined results from the most recent World Amateur Team Championships.

Invited Players

Team Selection

Each invited country assembles their best available amateur men and women golfers (two each). All players must be official citizens of their country. Each country’s National Golf Association/Federation establishes its own selection criteria. However, national champions, finalists or top ranked players are the majority of participants.


Tournament Leadership

The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship operates under the Spirit Golf Association leadership, and Board of Directors.

Tournament Director: Shelby DeVore

Tournament Administrator: Bettiann Barnard

Tournament Marketing: Cale Reneau

Tournament Media: Will Doctor


Tournament Play

Format of Play

The Spirit International is played at Whispering Pines Golf Club.

The tournament format is 54 holes of best ball competition.

Five separate competitions are conducted:

International Team (combined best ball of the Men’s and Women’s teams)
Men’s Team
Women’s Team
Men’s Individual
Women’s Individual

Gold, Silver and Bronze commemorative medals are awarded to the top three places in each competition.


Player Accommodations

Camp Olympia, a nationally acclaimed youth camp located adjacent to Whispering Pines Golf Club provides accommodations for all Spirit participants. Camp Olympia is themed as an international village where participants enjoy lodging, meals and a wide variety of entertainment each evening.