THE R&A TO LAUNCH WOMEN’S WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING

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THE R&A TO LAUNCH WOMEN’S WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING

31 January 2011, St Andrews, Scotland: The Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking will be launched by The R&A following the success of the Men’s Ranking, now in its fifth year. The Women’s Ranking will be published for the first time in February when a new World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) website for both the Men's and Women's rankings is unveiled.

The Men’s Ranking has grown in stature and today encompasses more than 1,800 counting events, ranking over 5,000 players representing 70 countries worldwide. The launch of the Women’s Ranking follows an extensive period of testing by The R&A and will provide the women’s game with a way to compare amateur player performance in elite competition over a rolling 52 week period. The Women’s Ranking currently has a calendar of 1,350 counting events with over 3,100 ranked players.

“WAGR has been embraced by both amateur associations and Professional Tours alike in men’s golf, and we are delighted to be able to now offer this same service to the women’s game,” explained R&A Director, Mike Tate.

Gillian Kirkwood, Chairman of the Ladies Golf Union said, “The LGU welcomes the Women’s Ranking as a very useful tool for the comparison of players, and believes it will become increasingly important around the world in informing decisions on team and field selection.”

Gonzaga Escauriaza, President of the European Golf Association said, “The EGA welcomes the Women’s Ranking as a means for providing greater scope to our ladies’ European golf rankings as well as giving an incentive to our members who stage counting events and to the elite players who participate in them."

WAGR has become a weekly point of reference for players, championship organisers and golf fans alike and is supported by governing bodies and tournament administrators worldwide.

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Notes to Editors:

The R&A
Based in St Andrews, The R&A is golf's governing body and organiser of The Open Championship. The R&A is committed to working for golf and operates with the consent of 141 organisations from the amateur and professional game and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 126 countries.

Further information:

Mike Tate
Director

Malcolm Booth
Assistant Director - Head of Communications

The R&A
Tel: +44 1334 460000