PHOENIX – The USGA announced Saturday that it has joined the R&A in the existing World Amateur Golf Ranking and the new Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.
What this means for top amateurs, male or female: Make it into the top 50 in the world and earn exemptions into all USGA amateur championships (for which a player is otherwise eligible).
A top 50 spot also will bring exemptions into significant amateur championships outside the United States.
This top-50 format will be used immediately for men. For women, it likely will go into effect in 2012.
“It (the women’s top 50) is brand new and needs one year where there will be some peer review,” said Mike Davis, USGA senior director of rules and competitions.
The new women’s ranking includes 1,350 counting events, with more than 3,100 ranked players from 50 countries. A new World Amateur Golf Ranking website will be launched this month under authority of both partner organizations.
The world of amateur golf has been waiting for the R&A and USGA to get together in some fashion. Now amateurs can set clear goals for themselves. It will be much easier for them to prepare their summer competitive schedules.