The English Golf Union has announced details of this year’s PING/EGU Order of Merit, sponsored by PING Europe.
The new schedule has undergone a complete revision since the completion of the 2005 PING/EGU Order of Merit, which was won in fine style by Gary Lockerbie. English amateur golfers will now have the opportunity to pick up points in ten further events throughout the season and more golfers will appear on the leaderboard as a result of the increased flexibility adopted in acknowledging finishing positions.
EGU director of coaching, Peter Mattsson, commented, “The PING/EGU Order of Merit has undergone a complete review for the first time in its three year history. We have considered a number of options from compiling a completely new ranking of English amateur golfers in every event, to emulating the professionals’ World Rankings and European Order of Merit. In the end we have decided to expand on our current event list and increase the flexibility in the awarding of points.”
The purpose of the PING/EGU Order of Merit is to provide a recognised schedule of events in which the top English amateur golfers can compete. The list of players produced is not intended to form a strict ranking of English amateurs by ability but the updates of the PING/EGU Order of Merit will be used as a guideline by the England Selectors as are several other ranking systems in existence within amateur golf.
PING Europe marketing manager, Dave Fanning, added, “PING are delighted to continue our support of the EGU Order of Merit. The standard of our elite amateur golfers continues to improve year on year and we are proud to be associated with recognising those who continue to really perform throughout the season.”
2006 promises to be a very competitive year with an exciting schedule ahead. The latest PING/EGU Order of Merit updates can be found on the England Teams section of the EGU website www.englishgolfunion.org