CONGU Competition Scratch Score

CONGU CHANGES TO COMPETITION SCRATCH SCORE (CSS) CALCULATION

CSS identifies the difficulty of the course on the competition day. The CSS calculation has been based on SSS + 2, as most (men’s) fields had approximately 40 – 50% of category 2 players, and in general, this works well for men. The following changes should result in minimal change for men’s competitions. For ladies, however, SSS + 2 produces too many occasions when the CSS goes up, or becomes Reductions Only. This seems to be because ladies’ fields generally have a higher proportion of category 4 golfers, and these players are less consistent. CONGU research shows ladies also have a relatively high number of very small fields, fewer than 9 players, (although this is not usually the case at Bourn). In order to remedy this discrepancy, for all competitions, the CSS will now be calculated by the computer using SSS + Buffer Zone, for players in Categories 1, 2 and 3 (plus 4 for Ladies) from January 2012.  As mentioned earlier this should have little impact on men’s competitions but should result in a healthy number of lower CSS outcomes, including slightly fewer Reduction Only competitions, for ladies’ competitions.