The foundations for the BMW Golf Cup were laid in England in 1982: BMW organised the BMW Invitation Tournament for the first time. Amateurs were invited by various BMW dealers and played six regional tournaments, which were followed by the final at the famous Belfry golf course just outside Birmingham.
In 1992 the BMW Invitation Tournament was integrated in the BMW Golf Cup. This had been founded five years earlier, but was only played in the home of BMW, Germany. Three years later the competition had flourished to such an extent that the World Final celebrated its premiere in Portugal.
Today, 30 years later, it is clear to see how this tournament series has developed. In Germany alone, more than 10,000 golfers compete in the qualification tournaments for the World Final. Roughly 100,000 amateur golfers from about 50 countries compete around the world.