Women's Golf to start Official World Rankings

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New York, NY (Sports Network) - The leaders of the five major women's professional golf tours announced on Thursday at the World Congress of Women's Golf that they plan to develop a unified world rankings of professional women golfers in time for the start of the 2005 season. The five tours - Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour (LET), the Ladies Professional Golfers' Association of Japan, the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) and Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPGA) - will have their members eligible initially. Golfers from other tours will be considered as they grow in stature.

"We believe that a comprehensive world rankings system that is universally agreed upon by the leading professional golf tours is a natural evolution in the advancement of women's golf," said Ty Votaw, LPGA commissioner and host of the World Congress of Women's Golf. "It will benefit all of the sport's participants, including players, fans and sponsors."

While specific details of the rankings system are still under discussion, it is expected the final version will share the same pattern as the men's rankings. The men's rankings award points based on strength of fields and evaluate players' performance over a two-year period.

Initially, a governing board comprised of representatives from the five major tours will be formed. There will also be a technical committee and an independent chairman.

If women's golf becomes an Olympic sport, this new world ranking system could facilitate the player selection process from the different countries.

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