‘‘That tells you the direction of golf and how much it’s grown,’’ Cook said. ‘‘Korea is one of the top countries now.’’
There have been some interesting moments along the way.
Fay recalled India having to pull out in consecutive years, the first time in 1982 in Switzerland when the team reached London and its embassy realized South Africa (during the apartheid era) was in the field. ‘‘They told their team to go home,’’ Fay said. Two years later, the India team was practicing in Hong Kong when its prime minister, Indira Gandhi, was assassinated by two Sikh bodyguards. Fay was told to find out if the team still planned to play.
‘‘I thought, ‘This is going to be interesting,'’’ Fay said. ‘‘There were three Hindus and a Sikh on that team. And the first question they asked me was, ‘Who was responsible?’ I ducked the question. I said, ‘I'm not sure.'’’
Fay looks back fondly at the World Amateur Team. There were stars from the golf-rich nations such as the U.S. (Woods, Jack Nicklaus) and Britain (Colin Montgomerie). There were promising players from smaller countries like what was then Rhodesia (Nick Price).
‘‘It really was the United Nations of golf,’’ Fay said.
And the membership keeps growing.