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How can it be stated that the SPWAR is the most accurate amateur golf ranking in the world?

The SPWAR maintains extensive documentation relative to any other attempt at a world amateur golf ranking producing overwhelming evidence, be it actual facts or circumstantial, to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that it is the world’s most accurate.  The primary contributing factors for the SPWAR’s superior accuracy are a time-tested finish position method, superior event weighting, substantially more events included, quicker removal of those turning pro, and unmatched timeliness in updating.  Others state they “endeavor” to be the most accurate which is code language meaning they are not as accurate as the SPWAR.  Both the USGA and R&A are well aware of this stated and published position of superiority but have not taken exception or any related action because if they did, they would be soundly defeated.  The SPWAR has always been and always will be “The Gold Standard in Amateur Golf Rankings Worldwide”.

 

When was the SPWAR started?

The SPWAR was launched live on the internet January 13 of 2007 and at least 10 days before any other attempt at a world amateur ranking establishing the SPWAR as the first world amateur golf ranking ever launched.  The SPWAR creator commenced consideration of compiling a world amateur ranking in 2002 and began serious work in its creation starting in early 2004.  The SPWAR was “tested” privately in 2006 among several of the world’s top amateurs and national level amateur tournament directors.  It took almost 3 years to get it right prior to launch.

 

Why can’t I find USA collegiate results before post-season in the SPWAR?

The SPWAR handles “in-season” USA collegiate events uniquely.  In lieu of including finish position results of “in-season” tournaments, the SPWAR inputs collegiate rankings a few to several times per year depending on the division as follows:

- D1 goes in 6 times each season with last as of just before D1 Regionals

- D2 goes in 5 times each season with last as of just before D2 Nationals

- D3 goes in 3 times each season with last as of just before D3 Nationals

- NAIA goes in 3 times each season with last as of just before NAIA Nat's

- NJCAA 3 times each season with last before applicable NJCAA Nat's

Each “in-season” ranking input ramps up point spots and points per spot and replaces the previous in-season ranking input.  The final ranking input each season in each division remains in the SPWAR for two years subject to points aging.  The final D1 ranking input right before the D1 Regionals includes over 690 D1 players with the total players inputted just prior to the Nationals in other division being substantially fewer.  The Nationals of all divisions along with the D1 Regionals are all separately included events.  This unique method lags behind other rankings in reflecting collegiate performance but is much more accurate by each season’s end.  If a USA collegiate player’s SPWAR does not include their collegiate ranking within their division at any applicable moment within any season, that means such player was not ranked high enough within their division to earn such SPWAR points.

There is an exception to inputting collegiate rankings if a player leaves college permanently during or after the fall season.  In these rare cases, individual collegiate results "of note" for such player for the fall are inputted separately in lieu of collegiate rankings.

 

I am in the SPWAR but when I click my last name, no event finish detail comes up?

Clicking the last name of any player in the SPWAR only produces event finish detail if one is in the top 2500.  This is as designed so as to preclude anyone else from figuring out what points are awarded for any particular event or finish position with rare exceptions.  Without that comprehensive data, no other attempt at a world amateur ranking will ever match the superior accuracy of the SPWAR.  Should one seek what finish position detail is included in their SPWAR, email Scratch Players and such event finish positions will be provided for such player.

 

How many players and events are included in the SPWAR?

There are over 4000 events included in the SPWAR annually which is at least 1800 more than any other attempt at a world amateur ranking.  While another ranking states they have over 4000 included events, that is split between their men’s ranking and women’s ranking.  Commencing in 2016, the R&A's attempt at a ranking began phasing in covering the last 2 years of included events following the SPWAR's lead.  The men's ranking now shows over 4000 included events but that is the same event twice over a two year period.  A comparable number in the SPWAR would be north of 8000.  There are over 14,000 amateurs in the SPWAR with at least 1 point of which almost 12,000 are uploaded to the website with each update.  That is about 5000 more ranked players than any other attempt at a world amateur ranking.  There are events and players from over 100 countries.  The SPWAR is, by far, the largest ranking of golfers in the history of the game by any measure.

 

What time period does SPWAR cover?

Event finishes in the SPWAR remain and count from event end date for 730 days or 2 years.  The SPWAR is the only attempt at a world amateur ranking where events count more than one year through 2015.  The R&A's attempt at a ranking started phasing in to two years as of the first of 2016 but without the critical points aging.  It should be noted that the official world pro ranking, OWGR, also has a 2 year inclusion or counting period.  The SPWAR method constitutes a 104 week “rolling” cycle with any fixed time frame or calendar year being not applicable.

 

Is SPWAR weighted for more recent play?

Yes.  Any golf ranking is irrefutably more accurate weighting recent play more heavily than older finishes in keeping with the time tested axiom of “what have you done lately”?  Notwithstanding, what one has done 1 to 2 years ago still counts.  Points awarded for any finish position in the SPWAR stay “as is” for 30 days, then erode away, or age, daily until such finish vanishes from the SPWAR after 730 days from event end date.  This works similarly to the official world pro ranking, OWGR, which also ages points for 2 years although that ranking ages points in weekly increments.

 

How volatile are ranking positions in the SPWAR?

Players ranked in the SPWAR change ranking positions much more smoothly than any other attempt at a world amateur ranking.  This is due to the combination of the number of events included and points aging over two years.  With a “one & done” ranking without points aging, player ranking changes can be and are wild and dramatic distorting the reality of a players stature.  This volatility phenomenon is another example of the SPWAR’s superiority.

 

Why are SPWAR points awarded not disclosed for each event finish?

The SPWAR only discloses each included player’s total “net” points which is the sum of all points awarded the previous 730 days less points aging.  Again, this is as designed so as to preclude anyone else from figuring out what points are awarded for any particular event or finish position with rare exceptions.  Without that comprehensive data, no other attempt at a world amateur ranking will ever match the superior accuracy of the SPWAR.

 

How often is SPWAR updated?

The SPWAR is updated continuously as results become available.  Updating is usually at least a few times each day virtually every day of any year.  Other attempts at a world amateur ranking update weekly including results that could be up to 9 days from event end date.  The official world pro ranking, OWGR, updates weekly which makes sense for that ranking as virtually all events in the OWGR end on Sunday.  However, in amateur golf worldwide, events can and do end every day of any week in any time zone worldwide.  Cutting edge accuracy means updating as soon after an event ends as possible.

 

How does SPWAR obtain the results of included events?

The vast majority of event results included in the SPWAR are retrieved from the event’s applicable website and/or from the applicable golf governing body’s website covering and/or conducting the event.  Many event results are received via email upon request or otherwise.  The SPWAR does NOT require events to submit results in any particular format or in any particular template.  The SPWAR takes the position that it works for included events and players.  Events do not work for the SPWAR and the vast majority of included events are never contacted as long as results are web posted with at least a minimum amount of data provided so as to determine who a player is, where he is from, how many scratch players started, what the final scores are, what finish position a player attained, and what day the event ended.  On a final note, retrieving results off the internet means getting the results faster than waiting for someone to get around to emailing such results.  The sooner the results are obtained, the sooner they get in the SPWAR.

 

What does SPWAR do with the results of included events?

Included event results obtained are analyzed to determine who “of note” is in the start field, how many rounds were played, and how many total scratch players started every year.  SPWAR point spots and points per spot are then set or adjusted depending on the aforementioned criteria analyzed each year.  Then the SPWAR is checked to make sure all finishing in a spot awarded points are in the ranking database.  If a player is not in the SPWAR, such player is added.  Then the results are inputted and soon thereafter uploaded to the internet with the next update.

 

Why are some event results missing?

The only results appearing within any player’s SPWAR are if such player finished in a spot awarded points ("of note" finishes).  No player has to “qualify” for ranking inclusion.  All players finishing in a spot awarded points get such points irrespective of whether or not they were in the SPWAR previously.  If any player does not finish in a spot awarded points, the SPWAR does not acknowledge that such player was in the field.  Again, finish position detail is only viewable on the internet if such player is ranked among the top 2500 in the SPWAR. Should one seek what finish position detail is included in their SPWAR, email Scratch Players and such will be provided for such player.

 

How do I become a SPWAR Ranked Player?

Finish in any spot in any included event that is awarded SPWAR points and maintain total net points after aging the last two years of at least 10.  Close to 3000 players are in the SPWAR but do not have 10 or more total net points to be uploaded to the internet with each update.

 

What events are included in the SPWAR?

Any tournament, championship or event worldwide that includes tournament scratch amateurs in a field starting a significant number of players scheduled for at least 36 holes where at least 27 holes are completed.  A “significant” number of tournament scratch starters is a function of who is in the field but generally, at least 20 players must start an event for the event to be included.  The event can be “open”, “international”, “closed”, junior, senior, mid-am and with or without professionals.  The event must start at least one male age 16 or older and at least one male age 55 or younger.  Women are eligible for SPWAR points if they finish in a position awarded points and they play the same tees & course as the males although this has not happened since Michelle Wie made the Quarter-Finals in the 2005 men’s US Public Links.  Every event in any other attempt at a world amateur ranking is included in the SPWAR, then add at least 1800 events the SPWAR includes that are not included in any other ranking.  The SPWAR does not publish a list of what events are included because it would be too large to download and disclosing such to assist other attempts at a world amateur ranking is not going to happen.

 

Does including 36 hole events materially affect the top ranked players?

At any given moment, the majority of the SPWAR top 100 players worldwide have at least one finish in an event scheduled for 36 holes.  The top 36 hole events in the SPWAR includes US Open Sectional Qualifying as well as British Open Final Local Qualifying.  The administrator of any attempt at a world amateur ranking that does not include these events should be arrested for negligence or terminated for incompetence.  The SPWAR includes several hundred "of note" events scheduled for 36 holes in addition to 54 hole plus events weather shortened to 36 holes.

 

Are team match events included?

All international scratch team match events are included in the SPWAR along with many intra-country team match events.  If such a team match event is included, a players “finish position” is determined by their record in all matches be they singles or doubles (which can be best ball, alternate shot or scramble).  Singles matches are worth twice as much per player as doubles matches.  The SPWAR does not award “lollipop” points for any team match event meaning one does not get points just for being in an event irrespective of performance.  All SPWAR points awarded are based strictly on actual performance in all forms of competition encompassed within the game of golf.  In the event a team match competition involves stroke play seeding, and such stroke play seeding is at least 36 holes, then such individual finish position is included in the SPWAR separately from the match results.

 

Are there event ratings?

There are no published SPWAR event ratings or rankings of events relative to any other event other than the World Amateur Event Ranking Top 100 published at scratchplayers.org/EventRank.html three times each year.  The SPWAR considers how events are weighted relative to one another to be proprietary information.  Without that data beyond the top 100 amateur events worldwide, no other attempt at a world amateur ranking will ever match the accuracy of the SPWAR.

 

Does the SPWAR have a Divisor?

The SPWAR is a pure finish position ranking meaning that one’s rank is determined by the total points awarded summed for all applicable finishes the last two years reduced by points aging irrespective of how many events one plays.  Divisors are used to generate an average amount of points per round or per event with one’s rank determined by such average.  In some cases, divisors have limits such as minimum rounds or events or maximum rounds or events as the applicable divisor.  Presumably, this is to prevent one from “gaming” the system by playing too many events and/or to give those who don’t play many events more equal stature with others.  In compiling the SPWAR, an extensive amount of analysis determined that a divisor would not yield a more accurate ranking.  There is a high correlation between the number of events one plays and their stature as a player.  As the ‘ol saying goes, there is no substitute for scratch tournament competition experience.  There are also diminishing returns for playing too many events so players tend to “self-regulate” themselves to achieve the optimum balance of competition experience and quality of performance per event.

 

How are SPWAR points per finish position determined?

Each event included in the SPWAR is analyzed to determine the quality of the field, how many rounds were played, and how many total scratch players start.  A unique and separate amount of points is then set for each finish position.  The SPWAR does not use primitive groups of finish positions all getting the same points.  If there are ties in stroke play or stableford events, the SPWAR program automatically “sums & splits” such finish position points (add all points for tied positions, then divide by the number of tied positions).  In match play events, each player finishing in the same round does not necessarily get the same points as others finishing in the same round.  As an example, when you have four players losing their quarter-final match, the one who had the best score in 36 hole plus stroke play seeding gets slightly more points than the other quarter-finalists.  In team match events, individual player finish position is determined by the sum of values of their matches.  A singles match win or loss is deemed worth 2 or -2 and a doubles win or loss per player is deemed worth 1 or -1.  Such finish positions appear in the SPWAR as a W/H/L record keeping in mind that two players with the exact same win/halve/loss record could get different amounts of SPWAR points depending on the types of matches such record was established.  As an example, if an event involves 6 singles matches and 6 doubles matches per player, winning all singles matches but halving 4 doubles & losing 2 doubles matches will yield more SPWAR points than winning all doubles matches but halving 4 singles & losing 2 singles matches.

 

What events recognize and use the SPWAR for exemptions/invitations to their events?

The SPWAR is the dominant world amateur ranking recognized and used among the vast majority of national amateur events in the United States.  Top 100 in world amateur events using the SPWAR as the exclusive world amateur ranking for exemptions/invitations into their events includes the Western Amateur, Southern Amateur, Northeast Amateur, Players Amateur, South Beach International Amateur, Dogwood Invitational, Palmetto Amateur, and Terra Cotta Invitational.  Top 100 in world amateur events using the SPWAR as the dominant world amateur ranking for exemptions/invitations into their events includes the Jones Cup, Porter Cup, Pacific Coast Amateur, Trans-Miss Amateur, North & South Amateur, Monroe Invitational, and Azalea Invitational.  Virtually all other non-USGA national level amateur events in the USA use the SPWAR as at least the dominant world amateur ranking for exemptions/invitations into their events.  There are a few outside the USA that use the SPWAR but other than Mexico, the golf governing body worldwide outside the USA is the R&A where financial support trumps merit.



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SPWAR Facts

- most accurate amateur ranking in golf history

- first world amateur ranking ever seriously contemplated

- first world amateur golf ranking ever launched

- most events covered, pro or amateur, in golf history

- most amateurs included of any ranking in golf history

- most accurate event weighting in amateur golf history

- most timely updated ranking, pro or amateur, in golf history

- most timely amateur golf ranking in eliminating pros

- only world amateur ranking that utilizes points aging

- most accurate amateur ranking by any region, any country,

      any state/province and any age