The Eisenhower Trophy is the biennial World Amateur Team Championship for men organized by the International Golf Federation. It is named after Dwight D. Eisenhower, the President of the United States when the tournament was first played in 1958, who was a keen amateur golfer. The equivalent competition for women is the Espirito Santo Trophy.
The 1958 championship resulted in a tie. There was an 18-hole playoff which Australia won with a score of 222 to the United States 224.
From 1958 to 2000 the teams had four players with the best three scores counting for each round. From 2002 the teams have been three players with two counting. The 2004, 2010 and 2012 championships were reduced to 54 holes because of bad weather.
Players who have featured in a winning Eisenhower Trophy team and later become leading professional golfers include: Jack Nicklaus, Rory McIlroy, Bruce Fleisher, Tom Kite, Lanny Wadkins, Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange, Scott Hoch, Hal Sutton, Michael Campbell, Tiger Woods, Ben Curtis and Luke Donald.
There were joint silver medalists (and no bronze medalists) in 1982 and 1990. There were joint bronze medalists in 1992, 2002, 2012 (3) and 2016.
The "Great Britain and Ireland" team represented the two separate independent countries of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland from 1958 to 2000. From 2002, England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland (a combined Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland team) have competed as separate teams.
Of the teams that have competed in all 31 championships, only Italy and Bermuda have never won a medal; Italy's best finishes were ties for 4th place in 2004 and 2008 and Bermuda's was 16th in 1958.