Wednesday, June 17, 2009
FORMBY, England – The R&A’s World Amateur Golf Ranking now decides who gets into the British Amateur Championship.
Taking players off a ranking system was thought to be necessary after previous years when some players with supposedly plus-handicaps couldn’t break 80. However, there are still spots off a ballot system for wannabe club golfers with decent handicaps.
Of the 288 places available in the stroke play qualifying, 268 were allocated to players off the WAGR. That left just 20 places for decent club amateurs.
That number swelled to 41 when 21 of the 268 withdrew from the championship.
A handicap of plus-1.9 or better was required for any golfer without a world ranking to have any chance of getting into the championship.