The players on the list below, represents the players who have played the minimum number of rounds required for team selection purposes.
GNGU Junior Domestic Order of Merit (DOoM) (Please note that the criteria for selecting players of color who do not automatically qualify for various sides have not been finalized. The number of players and teams that have a wildcard or President’s pick have not been finalized either)
With effect from 19 May 2017, the GNGU Junior Rankings will be based on the Albatros Performance Rating System. The GNGU Junior DOoM will be based on a Performance Ranking which uses Dynamic Rating (DR) and Stroke Differential (SD) to determine the best players in a particular age group. (1)
The performance ranking will be based on a rolling calendar year (12 months) e.g. when the scores are applied for May 2017, the scores for May 2016 fall away. (Please note that the scores captured for the players before end July 2016 were done so manually. The GNGU only obtained Albatros usage rights during July 2016.)
The counting tournaments are published in January each year on the GNGU Juniors website as well as the GNGU diary. The SAGA and GNGU may from time to time add or remove tournaments. (2)
To be included on the GNGU DOoM, players must compete in either the A or B division. C division players are not considered as they play Stableford Points format and not Stroke Play.
The minimum number of completed rounds to qualify for inclusion in the DOoM, is 30% of the pre-determined tournament rounds. If 30 rounds are listed, the player must compete in at least 10 rounds. Please note that the system calculates valid rounds and not tournaments. Some tournaments have multiple rounds. (3)
This ranking system will be applied to u/13, girls, u/15, u/17 and u/19 players, individually and combined, where applicable. (4)
The (DR) is calculated by using the top 30% of the field’s Nett scores for each individual round. (5)
The Nett scores are ranked best to worst after each round. If 30 players compete in the tournament, the Nett Scores of the top 10 will be added together and divided by 10. This number will be the (DR). (Or, par for the course on that specific day based on the results of the participants)
This is done for each individual stroke play round, for each considered tournament. (6)
The (SD) is calculated for each player, using his or her gross score for that round, minus the dynamic rating. (In other words, the player’s score is considered against the par for the course on that specific day.) This is the gross score and not adjusted gross.
The (SD) for each individual which is used for the DOoM ranking, is the average of the best 70% of their (SD). The worst 30% of (SD) is discarded. This promotes and benefits players who compete in a higher number of tournaments. (7)
The players on the DOoM Ranking will be listed from best to worst with each players’ Stroke Differential being displayed together with the number of counting rounds he or she has competed in. Only Players who are eligible (have played at least 30% of the considered rounds) are given a ranking position. Ineligible players are not displayed.
By comparing the players’ scores against the (DR), one is better able to consider the difficulty of the course and the weather conditions on the day when compared against Stroke Average alone.
If conditions are poor or the course is difficult, the average score of the field will uniformly be higher. The (DR) will also be higher, allowing participants who perform well, relative to the field, a good (SD) even if the player’s score to the course par is not that good.
- This is a move away from using stroke average as the only criteria for selection.
- 2018 will see the inclusion of the Bridge Fund Managers (BFM) series. Only the BFM events scheduled in the GNGU will be considered for the DOoM.
- If a team cannot be selected based on this formula, the GNGU committee will use its discretion in selecting the team. An example of this is the current u/15 ranking.
- In some of the u/15 events the course is shortened considerably. These rounds will be added to the u/15 ranking, but will not count towards the u/19 or u/17 ranking for the individuals who participated in the u/15 event.
- We are using Nett scores, because we are considering both A and B division players.
- If a player withdraws from a tournament all the completed rounds for this player for that tournament is discarded.
The quadrangular teams will be selected three weeks before the event.
The SA Boys u13 team will be selected in August.
The u19 IPT team will be announced during the Awards Dinner in October. All tournaments prior to the tournament on that day will be considered for selection purposes.
National Order of Merit (NOoM) tournaments.
Each Union is allocated “spots” for these tournaments. These are invitation only tournaments. The GNGU will select its highest ranked players to attend these events based on the u19 DOoM. If a Union does not fill its full share, other players may enter these events. Not all juniors can enter these events, as they are often handicap limited. The concern is that juniors who compete at these events, most often, cannot attend the events within the GNGU. These events are therefore added to the (DOoM) to allow these players to gain the minimum required number of rounds.
The SA Boys u15, u17 and u19 are Open events. Any amateur who meets the conditions of entry for that tournament may enter.
This structure is up for review after the announcement of the u19 IPT side in October 2017. All objections, queries, suggestions and or changes should be forwarded in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration by the GNGU Executive Committee before 6 November 2017.