|The 2017 BMGA Strokeplay Order of Merit published following the British Masters|
The updated Strokeplay Order Of Merit has been released following the latest event of the 2017 BMGA tour, the British Masters.
This season sees the category splits continue with Category 1 (made up of the top 16 players along with any players winning BMGA tour events across the previous 5 seasons). Category 2 features players ranked 17 to 32 inclusive and Category 3 features all other players on the BMGA tour. Category 4 continues to only include players for their first 3 events on the tour (NB: this category will only relate to prize funds and the BMGA SHIELD).
Following preliminary work carried out by the Rankings Sub-Committee during 2016, the Executive Committee have decided unanimously to update the Order of Merit from the start of the 2017 season.
The main change is the length of the ranking period which has been shortened from a two-year period to a rolling one year period (365 days). The best five ranking points performances are still used to generate the Order of Merit.
What this means is we achieve consistency in the rankings which is something that we were never get able to achieve with fluctuations at the start of the season under the previous system.
Following the AGM, three other changes have been implemented. One was the attraction of 100 rankings points to any previous BMGA tour winner in the previous five seasons outside of the current Top 16. The first five events of the 2017 season will see the Top 16 players at the end of 2016 being the players who attract ranking points. The final change was the removal of rounding up any decimal point, this will now be to the nearest whole number.
Any points due to expire in between tournaments which for example would happen for anyone who had taken part in the 2016 Midlands Open would not be applied to the Order of Merit until after the 2017 British Masters. So after the 2017 British Masters, all tournaments from the 2016 British Masters onwards are within the one year rolling period and the best five scoring events will be taken to calculate the updated Order of Merit.
We will be looking to implement a minimum points scheme for one day and two day events for 2018 to ensure that all tour events are weighted equally.
The Executive Committee.