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always based on the last 8 competitions – so as points are awarded after each competition the earliest score will be superseded.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.

Example:

  • Triples

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
InitialNameClubTotalHandicap Shots
ABerryTemplecombe440
KHawkinsKingscliffe420
BKeirleKingscliffe360
D WinmillKingscliffe310
CHawkinsKingscliffe300
HBerryTemplecombe340
SSmithHadspen300
MCowlinKingscliffe270
KHudsonKingscliffe270
JMannellTemplecombe240
APinkawaTemplecombe240
JBakerKingscliffe230
A CowlinKingscliffe220
LGloverMiddlezoy220
KGloverMiddlezoy202
LPinkawaMilborne Port182
JScoinsKingscliffe172
MBellCompton Dundon142
DWatsonIlchester132
RWatsonIlchester132
RgrBrownComeytrowe112
JHaskinsWest Shepton112
CeJeansTemplecombe112
ChJeansTemplecombe112
CLyttleIlchester112
NMergelComeytrowe112
EZoersComeytrowe112
ABellCompton Dundon102
NMiddletonStoke Sub Hamdon102
HPinkawaMilborne Port102
RPinkawaMilborne Port102
DeRundleMiddlezoy102
RMergelComeytrowe92
RFerrisMiddlezoy82
JHolmesMiddlezoy82
KDobsonIlchester72
AHutchinsonMartock64
MJohnsCreech St Michael64
MPinkawaTemplecombe64
SPinkawaMilborne Port64
SWrightTemplecombe64
IBoltonCompton Dundon44
JEvettSpaxton44
ANewtonMartock44
KPinkawaTemplecombe44
DiRundleMiddlezoy44
KTallintyreKingscliffe44
NWheadonHadspen44
SWheadonHadspen44
GCreasleyWells Breakaways34
NDearWells Breakaways34
JKingWells Breakaways34
PKnottWells Breakaways34
JBradleyMerriott24
MChapmanTemplecombe24
PDurmanBurrowbridge24
MEdmondsonEast Coker24
REvettSpaxton24
PFisherBurrowbridge24
HJaneSpaxton24
LJaneSpaxton24
EMackenzieKingsmead24
PMcHaleMark Moor24
RMcHaleMark Moor24
AMilneSpaxton24
DMilneSpaxton24
HSmithOdcombe24
RSmithOdcombe24