The founder Sven Tumba

Sven Tumba is one of the most prominent Swedish sport icons throughout all time. He represented Sweden in ice hockey, soccer and golf. He was also the Swedish Champion in water-skiing.

In 1995 Sven Tumba founded World Golfers Championship, later to be named World Amateur Golfers Championship.

It is now the most prestigious Amateur golf championship in the World, according to the late Patron Mr. Arnold Palmer, with national championships in over 40 countries.
It is designed to give all amateur golfers the thrill and prestige of representing their nation in a global championship against players of similar skill level.

Sport4education is one of the fundraisers for the World Amateur Golfers Championship. The raised funds will make a big difference for local charities in the country where the world finals are held every year.

Read more about World Amateur Golfers Championship.

The founder
Sven Tumba

Sven Tumba is one of the most prominent Swedish sports icons throughout all time. He represented Sweden in ice hockey, soccer as well as golf. He was also the Swedish Champion in water skiing.

In 1995 Sven Tumba founded World Golfers Championship, later named World Amateur Golfers Championship.

It’s now the most prestigious Amateur golf championship in the World, according to the late Patron Mr. Arnold Palmer, with national championships in over 40 countries.
It is designed to give all amateur golfers the thrill and prestige of representing their nation in a global championship against players of similar skill level.

Sport4education is one of the fundraiser for the World Amateur Golfers Championship. The raised funds will make a big difference for the local charities in the country where the world finals are held every year.

Read more about World Amateur Golfers Championship.

Sven Tumba

Sven Olof Gunnar Tumba

(born Johansson)

August 27, 1931 - October 1, 2011

Place of Birth: Stockholm, Sweden

Merits

  • Voted the most important person for the game of golf in Sweden by Swedish Golf Magazine and honored at the Swedish Golf Federation 100th Anniversary (2004).
  • Voted the most important hockey player ever in Sweden by the Swedish Hockey Federation in 2000.
  • Inducted in the Int´l Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.
  • Represented Sweden in ice hockey, soccer, amateur golf, professional golf and water skiing.
  • Received the Royal Swedish Medal by King Carl Gustaf for outstanding sport performances.
  • Founder of the Scandinavian Enterprise Open, now Nordea Masters.
  • Honorary Member of PGA National Resort & Spa.
  • Honorary Member in the Russian Golf Federation and PGA of Russia.
  • Represented Sweden seventeen years in ice hockey including four Olympic Games
    • 1952, Oslo - Norway
    • 1956, Cortina - Italy
    • 1960, Squaw Valley - USA
    • 1963 Innsbruck - Austria.
  • Designer of golf courses, see more beneath golf projects.
  • Author of several books:
    • Tumba säger allt
    • Tumba’s ice-hockey school (translated in three languages)
    • Mitt rika liv (My rich life)

Ice-Hockey as Player

1989: Awarded the All-time best Swedish ice hockey player.
1950-66: Ten times Swedish champion in ice hockey.
1964: Olympic Silver in Ice Hockey, Innsbruck, Austria.
1962: World Champion in Ice Hockey, Colorado Springs, USA.
1962: Nominated outstanding forward in Colorado Springs.
1960: Olympic 5th place in ice hockey, Squaw Valley, USA.
1957: Made a tryout with the Boston Bruins.
1957: World Champion in Ice hockey, Moscow, the USSR.
1957: Nominated outstanding forward in Moscow.
1956: Olympic 5 place in Ice hockey, Cortina, Italy.
1953: World Champion in Ice hockey, Zurich-Basel, Switzerland.
1952: Olympic Bronze in Ice hockey, Oslo, Norway.

Ice-Hockey Projects

1957: Started Ice hockey school on television and created the first ice hockey tournament in Sweden for youth, the "TV-Puck"
1955: Inventor of the plastic Hockey helmet and mouth guards.

Golf as Player

1973: Represented Sweden in World Cup as a professional.
1971: Represented Sweden in the Eisenhower Trophy, World Amateur Golf.
1970: Winner of the Scandinavian International Match Play in Golf.

Golf Projects

1998: Together with his son Johan, Tumba Golf för Alla, a new concept in golf course design and management, was developed. The goal was to  make golf more accessible and easy to learn for juniors and beginners in general.
1995: Founded the World Golfers Championship, now named the World Amateur Golfers Championship, an annual global amateur event with qualifiers in over 40 countries and many thousand participants.
1988: Designed Österåkers GC, 18 holes (home of the LPGA Compaq Open and the Swedish Tour.)
1988: Officially introduced of the game of golf to the USSR.
1988: Founder of the first golf school in the USSR.
1987: Tumba Golf Club Moscow. The first golf course in the Soviet Union. Lies in the heart of Moscow near the Swedish Embassy. Designer and project developer.
1978: Designed and built Ullna Golf Club, (home of the Scandinavian Enterprise Open (5 times, 1983-87) and the Eisenhower Trophy (World Championships for Amateurs) 1986.
1977: Founder and President (for 3 years) of the European Open in the PGA European Tour.
1970: Founder and President (for 15 years) of the Scandinavian Masters, one of the biggest Golf Tournaments in the PGA European Tour.
1969: Founded Colgate Cup, the largest golf tournament for youth in Sweden.
1967: Tumba Golf Center. The first indoor golf dome (bubble) in Stockholm, Sweden. Founder and designer.

Other Sport Merits

2000: Awarded best Swedish hockey player in the last century.
1989: Received the Royal Swedish Medal by His Majesty The King of Sweden for outstanding sport performances.
1987: Founder of the motto Sport Promotes Friendship, which is supported by distinguished sportsmen, politicians, scientists, artists and others.
1959: Touring Water-ski show in Sweden.
1956: Swedish champion in soccer.
1954: Five International matches for Sweden in soccer.

Miscellaneous

1981: Founded the Tumba Foundation for handicapped athletes.
1957-61: Own radio program, Timmen Tumba (the Tumba Hour).