Scottish Golf defends controversial determination to skip European crew occasion – The Scotsman


Scotland won’t be represented in subsequent week’s European Women’ Workforce Championship in Spain after Scottish Golf determined it was not acceptable for “participant improvement”.

Whereas groups are participating in males’s, girls’s and boys’ occasions being held on the similar time at different venues round Europe, Scotland is just not among the many 18 nations registered for the women’ event at El Saler. “The choice to not ship a Scottish crew to this yr’s European Women’ was primarily based on participant improvement,” mentioned a Scottish Golf spokesman after being contacted by The Scotsman.

“This occasion is commonly the primary time most of the gamers have competed overseas. The course model and size mixed with high-pressure surroundings means the circumstances that they face are very completely different to these that are skilled on the Scottish occasions calendar.”

Whereas two-time Scottish women’ champion Hannah Darling has been picked for the ladies’s occasion in Italy, the choice has denied the likes of Aboyne’s Carmen Griffiths, who performed in final week’s Junior Vagliano Trophy in Kent, a chance to compete in opposition to the cream of the crop in European women’ golf.

Eyebrows may also be raised in regards to the determination being taken in the identical yr that Scotland is attempting to draw extra women into the sport by the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles in September.

“Scottish Golf believes that it is crucial we use funding successfully to create alternatives for these gamers to expertise competitions with related calls for however on the right degree for them to achieve expertise and additional develop,” added the spokesman.

“With a view to do that, Scottish Golf has recognized a calendar of each home and worldwide occasions which meet these goals and can use funding to supply gamers with alternatives that can assist their improvement whereas additionally making ready them to compete on the subsequent degree.

“Scottish Golf has not but put a timeline on once we will enter a women’ crew to the European Workforce Championships however will proceed to evaluate this on [an] annual foundation as a part of its ongoing supply of efficiency programmes.”

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