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Carolinas Golf Association updates junior ranking system

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From CGA, staff reports

Saturday, February 16, 2019

SOUTHERN PINES — The Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) announced a substantial update to the Carolinas Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Ranking Systems Friday.

In the past, rankings for both South Carolina and North Carolina golfers were determined separately.

With the updated rankings system, the two programs have now merged into an easier-to-understand format.

The ranking system will also be able to incorporate a much wider array of junior tournaments and include an important metric, scoring differential, to calculate junior golfer rankings.

“We’re really excited about the new Carolinas Junior Rankings System and what that will mean for our golfers and tournaments,” said CGA Director of Junior Development, Jason Cox. “There wasn’t anything wrong with the old system, but the new format will only improve the way rankings are calculated.”

Before the change, the CGA was limited in the tournaments that they were able to use for calculating junior golfer rankings.

Instead of rankings being based on only a limited amount of tournaments, they’ll now be able to include over 350 regional and national events when calculating rank.

Any junior event conducted in North Carolina and all adjacent states including South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia along with pre-set national junior and amateur events will now be included in the calculation of rankings.

For a national event outside of the area listed above, the host organization must request that their event be used and each player must be offered travel expense assistance.

If approved, the event results must be submitted to CGA/TYGA within four days of the end of the tournament.

“It’s great to have all these junior programs working together to create a more extensive ranking system,” said Junior Championship Tournament Manager, Chris Wolff. “It’s another great way that our associations are collaborating to create a better experience for our junior golfers and their families.”

Each player who finishes a CGA-ranked event will earn points towards their Carolinas Junior Ranking.

Each player’s total points earned will account for 49 percent of their rank and tournament scoring differential will account for 51 percent to determine their overall rank.

Points are awarded in reverse order based on the size of the field. Overall winner also receives five extra points for winning.

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