Order of Merit & Handicap System
This year Somerset County SMBA has introduced a handicapping system which will be applied to the spring competitions only. The autumn competitions remain unchanged.
Q1: Why has the county introduced a handicap system?
It has been introduced to encourage non-county team players to enter competitions.
Q2: How will the handicap be calculated?
The handicap will be calculated from the Somerset County Order of Merit table.
Q3: What is the Order of Merit table?
The Order of Merit table has been compiled from the results of the 8 county competitions played last year, 2016. The table will be updated after each county competition so the scores are always based on the last 8 competitions – so as points are awarded after each competition the earliest score will be superseded.
For transparency, the table will be published on the county website www.Somersetsmba.co.uk
Everyone who entered a county competition last year (spring and autumn 2016) and progressed from the round robin groups into the MAIN competition knockout stage is on the Order of Merit table. So anyone who did not get out of the group or who qualified for the Plate competition has not been awarded any points.
Each player in a main knockout has been awarded 2 points for every stage of the competition(s) they progressed through. Therefore the further a player progressed the more points they have been awarded, with a final 2 points for the overall competition winner(s).
Q3: How has the handicap been calculated?
The players with the ten highest competition points get 0 (nil) shots handicap
The players in 11th to 20th positions get a 2 shot handicap
The players in 21st to 30th positions get a 4 shot handicap
Non-ranked players all get a 6 shot handicap
For pairs, triples and fours, the team handicap is calculated by adding the handicap for each player in the team then dividing that total by the number in the team (2 in pairs, 3 in triples etc).
Each team offsets their handicap against any team handicap of their opponents in each group game AND in every knockout match in that competition. The team with the highest handicap has the advantage in the match.
Team one: the 3 players individual handicap is 0 + 2 + 6 = 8 ÷ 3 gives a team handicap of 2.666 recurring. This is then rounded up to the nearest whole number. So they will get a 3 shot advantage from each team they play in the competition.
Team two: they have a team handicap of 6 + 6 + 2 = 14 ÷ 3 = 4.666 recurring. This is then rounded up to the nearest whole number. So they will get a 5 shot advantage from each team they play in the competition.
When team one and team two play each other, team two has a 2 shot advantage at the start of the game (their 5 shots minus the opponents 3 shots). Handicap shots will be on cards for each game.
- Fours – Divide the individual player handicaps by 4 to give the team handicap
- Pairs – Divide the individual player handicaps by 2 to give the team handicap
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