Women to Have World Ranking in 2005

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NEW YORK -- On the opening day of the inaugural World Congress of Womens Golf, the leaders of the five major womens professional golf tours ' Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour (LET), the Ladies Professional Golfers Association of Japan, the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA), Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) ' have announced their plans to develop a unified world rankings of professional women golfers in time for the 2005 season.
 
'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 womens golf, stated Ty Votaw, LPGA commissioner and host of the World Congress of Womens Golf. It will benefit all of the sports participants, including players, fans and sponsors.
 
While specific details of the rankings system, which would be the first ever developed by the leaders of the top world tours in womens golf, are currently under discussion, it is expected that the final version will share the mens (rankings) philosophy of awarding points based on the strength of the field and evaluate players performance over a two-year period. An initial governing board will be formed, comprised of representatives from the five major golf tours. In addition, a technical committee and an independent chairman will be appointed.

Professionals playing qualified events on the LPGA, LET, the Ladies Professional Golfers Association of Japan, the KLPGA and the ALPG will be eligible initially, and professionals playing on other tours will be considered as they grow in stature.
 
The inaugural staging of the World Congress of Womens Golf is being held May 20-22, 2004, in New York City during the Sybase Classic presented by Lincoln Mercury tournament week, which is being played in nearby New Rochelle.