New Global Ranking for Golfers with Disabilities

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New Global Ranking for Golfers with Disabilities

New Global Ranking for Golfers with Disabilities to launch in 2019

The United States Golf Association (USGA) and The R&A will administer a global ranking for golfers with disabilities, which will help to grow participation and competition around the world and to promote inclusivity within the sport.

The World Ranking for Golfers with Disability will launch on January 1, 2019, and will be administered in tandem with the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) for both men and women.

The USGA and The R&A will assume responsibility for the ranking following an agreement with European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA), which created the comprehensive and independent Ranking for Golfers with Disability in 2014.

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Further information will be made available later this year.
“One of golf’s best benefits is that it can be played by everyone, and it can be played for a lifetime,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Managing Director of Championships.

“… Together with the modifications to the Rules of Golf for golfers with disabilities and the USGA’s work to make golf courses more accessible, we are working to create meaningful and lasting change to make golf more welcoming.”

Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development and Amateur Events at The R&A, said: “There is an accelerating growth in the number of events around the world for golfers with disabilities to compete in so it makes absolute sense that there is a global ranking to provide a robust measurement of an individual’s skill and ability…”

Tony Bennett, President of EDGA, said: “This is a crucial step forward for the growth and development of the sport for golfers with disabilities and we believe it will act as a catalyst for encouraging more people into playing golf, both competitively and recreationally, around the world.”

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