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New Order of Merit for Welsh girls

25th February 2013

Girl golfers in Wales will be able to compete in a national Order of Merit for the first time in a new competition introduced by the Golf Union of Wales for 2013.

New Order of Merit for Welsh girls

The new league will take account of results both inside and outside Wales to establish the most successful girl golfers over the season, running for the first time alongside the more established Ping Ladies Order of Merit, the Pinnacle Men's Order of Merit and Hugh James Boys Order of Merit.

All the competitions will also play a more formal part in the selection of the international teams to represent Wales on the world stage in a new set of guidelines aimed at explaining the process to make it even clearer for competitors and other interested parties.

“It is great that we can run a Girls Order of Merit this year, it is a gap that the Girls Captain and selectors identified and which we have now been able to fill,” explained Golf Union of Wales Director of Performance Ben Waterhouse.

“It will run alongside the other three Order of Merit competitions and all four of them will play a key part in the selection process for Welsh teams and squads.

“There has never been a formal selection policy before which makes it clear to players, coaches and any other interested parties what we are looking for when picking the teams. These documents will be available to anyone interested via the Golf Union of Wales website.”

“Selection in any sport is not always transparent as there are so many variables to take in to account, but we are trying to make it as clear as possible.

“The Wales squads are picked by myself and the Golf Union coaches, while the teams are then picked by separate selectors. It is important to have continuity in the processes.”

“It is also important to keep potential as one of the factors which decides selection, along with results in pre-identified events, historical performances, world rankings, playing statistics and attitude.

“Features of the course where the competitions are being played will also be a factor, all of which will help with detailed feedback both for those who have been picked and those who are not picked, but who had a reasonable expectation of being included in the selection discussion.

“It will mean anyone not picked will know the reasons and what areas they have to work on to be included next time.”

The captains for the six Wales teams have also been chosen by the teams and performance committee with Pam Valentine coming in as captain of the senior ladies for the first time. The full list of captains is: Men – Carl Rowe; Ladies – Jill Evans; Senior Men – Duncan Samuel; Senior Ladies – Pam Valentine (new appointment); Boys – Leighton Smith; Girls – Kay Bradbury.

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