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The History of Golf in FISU

Often considered as an elite sport, golf has lately drawn many university athletes. During a visit in Sardinia in 1984, former FISU president Dr Nebiolo submitted the idea of including this sport in the competitions organised by our federation. Two years later in October 1986, the first World University Golf Championship was held in Cagliari, Sardinia. The event was staged by the Is Molas Golf Club, also known for the organisation of the Italian Open in 1976. This very selective course enabled FISU and mostly the public to form a first impression about the level of participants, some of whom had already had impressive records. The line-up was already of a very high level at the time; there were such figures as the first university world champion, Ko Cockerill, from the USA, who was also the first US female champion in 1986, and Marco Durante from Italy, who was the winner of the Orange Bowl in 1979. Like the orienteering event, the golf event always takes place on magnificent sites. The prestigious settings of La Grande Motte in France, Palma de Mallorca and San Lorenzo in Spain, and Lausanne in Switzerland hosted the previous editions. The following World University Golf Championship, which was played in San Lameer golf club in South Africa, was also remarkable. On the course, both beautiful and complicated, a few players managed to complete the rounds in less than 70 strokes (on a 72 par), with Taipei's Wei Yun-Jie scoring 68, and America's Jones and South Africa's Albert finishing with 69. We may conclude that the World University Golf Championship maintains its status as a favorite, not only among the world's amateur golf tournaments, but also and especially, among FISU competitions. In 2010, the championship was hosted by the Spanish University Sport Federation (CEDU) on the course of Antequera (Malaga) and had a real success, breaking the participation record for a World University Golf Championship with 135 golfers .

FISU Regulations

The golf competition has its own FISU Regulations following the most recent rules of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, unless otherwise stated. The FISU Regulations are always set up on the recommendation of the FISU Technical Chair and the IGF Technical Delegate in close cooperation with the Committee for Sports Regulations, and approved by the FISU Executive Committee. In principle, the programme shall last four (4) days and include the events below.

Each country may enter a maximum of sixteen (16) persons of whom eleven (11) may be competitors and five (5) officials.
Individual event: six (6) competitors
Team event: four (4) competitors, of whom three (3) with the best results each day will count for the classification by team per day

Individual event: five (5) competitors
Team event: three (3) competitors of whom two (2) with the best results each day will count for the classification by team per day

In the case of a tie between two teams or more, two (2) competitors or more, the system called ‘sudden death’ will be applied.



Individual Competition

Individual Competition

Team Competition

Team Competition

72 Holes - Stroke Play

72 Holes - Stroke Play

Minimum Requirements for Golf

With the golf CT approval, the Organising Committee must provide, for exclusive use, outdoor sports facilities in all competition and training facilities for men's and women's golf events. The IGF regulations must be followed.

Competition and Training Facilities

Type of Venue

Number of Venues

Changing Room Competitors

Changing Room TOJR*

Spectators Seating

Press and Media Seating

Outdoor Facilities


Gender Segregated




*TOJR Technical Officials, Judges and Referees

Next Events

2014 - 15th WUC Golf - Crans-Montana (SUI)

2016 - 16th WUC Golf - Brive-La-Gaillarde (FRA)

Royal and Ancient Golf club of St Andrews


FISU Technical Chair:

William Raymond ROBINSON (IRL)






Previous Events

2012 - 14th WUC Golf - Liberec (CZE)

2011 - 26th Summer Universiade - Shenzhen (CHN) - Golf Optional Sport

2010 - 13th WUC Golf - Malaga (ESP)

2008 - 12th WUC Golf - Sun City (RSA)

2007 - 24th Summer Universiade - Bangkok (THA) - Golf Optional Sport

2006 - 11th WUC Golf - Torino (ITA)

2004 - 10th WUC Golf - Nakon Ratchasima (THA)

2002 - 9th WUC Golf - Tao Yuan (TPE)

2000 - 8th WUC Golf - Coleraine (GBR)

1998 - 7th WUC Golf - San Lameer (RSA)

1996 - 6th WUC Golf - Lausanne (SUI)

1994 - 5th WUC Golf - San Lorenzo del Escorial (ESP)

1992 - 4th WUC Golf - Palma de Mallorca (ESP)

1990 - 3rd WUC Golf - Montpellier la Grande Motte (FRA)

1988 - 2nd WUC Golf - Cagliari (ITA)

1986 - 1st WUC Golf - Cagliari (ITA)

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