R&A launches global weekly ranking system for amateur women players

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Canada's Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, who helped Purdue win the 2010 NCAA women's championship, no doubt will own a spot in the new women's amateur ranking.
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The Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking will be launched by the Royal & Ancient Club following the success of the Men’s Ranking, now in its fifth year, R&A officials have announced. 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 now encompasses more than 1,800 counting events, ranking more than 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 more than 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.
 
The Ladies Golf Union “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,” said Gillian Kirkwood, chairman of the Britain-based LGU. And 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 organizers and golf fans alike and is supported by governing bodies and tournament administrators worldwide.