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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

European Golf Association Newsletter

EGA Ladies' International Team Eclectic
Following requests for a European Ladies’ Team League and general acknowledgement that international ladies’ open championships around Europe would benefit from further participation, the EGA Championship Committee has developed the EGA Ladies’ International Team Eclectic.
The European Ladies’ International Team Eclectic (ELITE) is the EGA Championship Committee’s proposal to boost international championship participation by motivating Europe’s lady golfers to earn ranking points. It also incorporates many of the desired outcomes of the proposed ladies’ team league, without having to schedule special events.
To summarise the conditions, the ELITE is the derivation of ranking points from a number of players from each participating country to make a running national total, i.e., an eclectic. The “league” concept is therefore introduced using ranking points and the motivation is provided for teams to enter players in international championships. A divisor is used so that countries can compete on equal footing, provided that a minimum number of players contribute a minimum number of rounds. A division two competition will be run for those teams unable to contribute the minimum requirement.
Four trials were undertaken to ascertain the best method of accumulating team points based on data collected for the World Women‘s Amateur Rankings prototype of the Ladies European Amateur Ranking (LEAR) points accumulated in 2008. The LEAR itself also makes its debut in 2009.
The annual title of ELITE Team Champions will be declared following the last event on the LEAR schedule.
The EGA strongly encourages each of its member national golf authorities to promote the participation of its ladies golfing elite and to formally recognise the best contributions made by their players. The EGA shall trial the ELITE in 2009 and, if popular, the EGA will consider commissioning a formal trophy.
A dedicated website will show the each team’s points, photos of the contributing players and all ancillary information.
Richard Heath, EGA Championship Manager