United States Junior Golf Tour

USJGT PLAYER RANKING SYSTEM

     The USJGT uses modified score ranking system.  The basis of this system was designed by Steve McDonald of the Tennessee Golf Association Junior Tour and we sincerely thank Steve and the staff of the TGA Junior Tour for allowing us to use their system as the starting point for our new rankings.

     The USJGT system makes one alteration to the TGA system.  Since our inception, it has been our firm belief that the size and quality of a tournament field should factor in when determining player rankings.  We strongly believe that it is more difficult to defeat 30 players than it is to defeat three and that should be noted in any ranking system.  This is a factor in the national ranking system of the National Junior Golf Scoreboard and we will incorporate it into ours as well.

      With that in mind, we have combined the original TGA system with our alterations and tournament concepts to create the USJGT Player Ability Ranking (PAR).

      Here is how it works.

STEP ONE: Determine the course rating from the appropriate tees.

STEP TWO:  Determine the Tier Ranking of the course.

STEP THREE:  Adjust the Tier level based on number of players in a division.  For example, use the Boys High School division.  If there are 19 or less players in the division for an event, no adjustment is made.  If there are 20-29 players, then the Tier level moves up one (for example, Tier IV to Tier V).  If there are 30-39 players, the Tier level moves up two.  If there are 40 or more players, the Tier level moves up three. Player total is determined by the number of players that start an event.

STEP FOUR:  Take the player’s 18 hole average for that event and multiply it by the appropriate Tier’s factor.

STEP FIVE:  Each player will be ranked based on their top five PAR scores.  Once a player plays five events, they can continue to play and if they post a PAR score better than a previous one, it will replace the highest of his current five.  There is no limit on how many events in which a player can participate.

SPECIAL SITUATIONS

      If an event is shortened by rain, then only the full one round score of that event will be used to determine a player’s adjusted PAR.

      If, due to weather, 18 holes are not completed on either day of an event, the USJGT staff will determine how that event’s scores will be adjusted to conform to the ranking system.

 

 

TIER SYSTEM

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL

Tier

Course Rating

1

69.9 and below

2

70 – 70.4

3

70.5 – 70.9

4

71 – 71.4

5

71.5 – 71.9

6

72 – 72.4

7

72.5 – 72.9

8

73.0 and higher

 

BOYS JUNIOR HIGH, BOYS RISING STARS

1

66.9 and below

2

67 – 67.4

3

67.5 – 67.9

4

68 – 68.4

5

68.5 – 68.9

6

69 – 69.4

7

69.5 – 69.9

8

70 -70.4

9

70.5 and higher

 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL

1

65.9 and below

2

66-66.9

3

67-67.9

4

68-68.9

5

69-69.9

6

70-70.9

7

71-71.9

8

72 and above

 

 

TIER MULTIPLIER FACTOR

Tier

Multiplier

1

1.000

2

0.995

3

0.990

4

0.985

5

0.980

6

0.975

7

0.970

8

0.965

9

0.960

 

QUALITY OF FIELD ADJUSTMENT

(The number of players is determined within each division)

19 or less players – no adjustment

20-29 players – Adjust tier difficulty by one

30-39 players – Adjust tier difficulty by two

40+ players – Adjust tier difficulty by three

 

EXAMPLE

     Take a player in the Boys High School division in a field of less than 20 players who shoots 78-78 for the two rounds on a course with a rating of 71.4.  His average score for the two rounds is 78.  The course rating of 71.4 for Boys High School is a Tier 4 course.  The Tier 4 multiplier is .985.  Take his average of 78 and multiply that by .985. His PAR rating will be 76.83.

     If that same player shot the same scores in a tournament with 31 players, then the Tier would adjust to a Tier 6 tournament.  As a result, the multiplier would be .975 and his PAR rating would be 76.05.

 

     The PAR System allows for quality of field adjustment – just as the national ranking system does – but does not make a huge difference like the old USJGT points system.

 

    With the advent of the PAR system, no tournaments will be designated as majors and all events will have equal value.

     If you have any questions or comments, please email us at usjgtjrgolf@aol.com

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