Challenge history goes back to 1993 with the first
Australia vs. USA Challenge. In Canada, we're relatively new
on this scene; the UGAC is working to provide for a unified
Canadian presence at international Ukrainian golfing venues.
In May 2001, the Ukrainian
World Golf Challenge II held
in Puerto Banus, Spain, pitted players from Australia (the
biggest delegation), Canada, USA, England, Germany, and even
one from Ukraine; there were 94 golfers, over 150 attendees
in all. It was truly a memorable and unique experience for
everyone who participated.
In October 2003, the Ukrainian
World Golf Challenge III, the Ron Shymko Memorial,
was played in Maui, Hawaii.
Almost 100 golfers representing Australia, Canada, USA, and
Germany participated. This international competition again
featured country team as well as individual player accolades.
For full team and individual results, scores, and standings
click on this link.
The Ukrainian World Golf Challenge IV was held at the held at the beautiful Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia from 12 to 19 November 2005. 108 golfers participated with over 150 attendees all together. For full team results and scores click here.
The Ukrainian World Golf Challenge 5 was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from Saturday 26 July - Saturday 2 August 2008 and was played on some of Canada's best courses set in the mountains on the West Coast. A large first-time delegation of almost 30 participants from Ukraine attended in addition to representation from the long-standing participant countries of Australia, USA, Canada, Great Britain, and Germany. For full team results and scores, click here.
The most recent Ukrainian World Golf Challenge 6 was held in Berlin / Bad Saarow, Germany, Saturday 21 May - Saturday 28 May 2011. For full team results and scores, click here.
The next 7. Ukrainian World Golf Challenge is scheduled to be held 7-15 September 2013 in China. Please click HERE for more information.
SOME BACKGROUND ABOUT
THE UKRAINIAN INTERNATIONAL GOLF CHALLENGES
In 1989, the Ukrainian Golf Association of America (UGAA)
was founded in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and was the beginning
of golf outings around the USA in Myrtle Beach, Florida, Arizona,
and others. Through ads in the Ukrainian Weekly newspaper,
golfing Ukrainian counterparts from Australia, as headed by
Ron Shymko, contacted UGAA President Roman Luzniak and suggested
a little competition. A joint venture was organized with 33
participants and the first Australia vs. USA Challenge was
held in October 1993 at Kapalua on Maui.
Since Australia won that first Challenge, and with it the
trophy, an intricately carved wooden pineapple, (made in Ukraine),
the honour to host the next Challenge also went to Australia.
This time, held at Yarrawonga, Australia in January 1996,
the Americans stood above the expanded field of 53 golfers
and came away as victors capturing a 3000 year old prize from
The competition then returned to the USA for a third Challenge,
on this occasion hosted at Ft. Lauderdale in October 1998.
Competitors from Canada and Great Britain joined the Americans
and Australians and the Ukrainian World Golf Challenge was
born. In Florida the numbers grew further with 74 competitors
and over 100 participants. The Australians came from behind
on the last day to capture victory; the Brits offered to host
the next competition.
In May 2001, the Ukrainian golfing community assembled in
even greater numbers with over 150 participants, this time
in Marbella, Spain for the 2nd World Golf Challenge and to
take in the Mediterranean splendour. There were 94 golfers
including a new fledgling team of 5 from Germany who combined
with Great Britain thus establishing Team Europe. At this
tournament, Canada led the way for the first 3 days but Australia
took it away with great play on the final round. And again
the Awards Banquet echoed with a resounding performance of
"Waltzing Matilda" from the repeating World Champions. After
the location was kept secret for 2 days, Roman "El Chico"
Luzniak, as the next host, had the privilege of announcing
the venue for the 10th Anniversary Challenge at the Awards
Banquet. It would return to where it all started in Hawaii.
The World Golf Challenge III, commemorated as the Ron Shymko
Memorial, was played out in Hawaii in late October 2003. The
beautiful surroundings of "paradise" with ideal weather greeted
all who were there. The golf was hotly contested despite the
influence of the relaxing surroundings and, as expected, the
competition was close from start to finish. We from Canada
played well and managed to take second place in the team competition.
The players from Australia managed to take the overall team
championship, again. Details of the results with scores and
standings are posted in the Hawaii 2003 section.
We are now looking forward to the next World Challenge. Canada
will host this next event tentatively scheduled for July / August 2008. Details will be posted as available.
The Ukrainian World Golf Challenge is a non-partisan, non-political,
non-religious Ukrainian event. The real winners are all the
people spanning from 17 to beyond 77 years of age who attended
the tournaments. Both players and non-players alike enjoyed
the weeklong camaraderie of their fellow participants. The
tournament provides a unique opportunity to come together
with Ukrainians of many backgrounds, from many countries and
to establish, as well as renew and reinforce long distance