Order of Merit Policy
Blind Golf Australia – Core Document 3
Ratified at a BGA Board Meeting June 7 2017 and updated after BGA Board Meetings Feb 6 2019 and Feb 5 2020. To Apply from January 1 2020.
1.1 Blind Golf Australia (BGA) has devised this policy to ensure that all blind golfers are participating on a fair and equitable basis and receive the appropriate recognition for their efforts and endeavours towards selection to compete in international competitions.
1.2 Until the introduction of this Policy, there have been many different issues raised in respect to the determining the eligibility of blind golfers to compete in international competitions.
1.3 This policy is to be read in conjunction with the BGA Selection Policy which states that the highest ranked OOM player in the B1, B2 and B3 categories are automatic selections for World Championships providing they meet any selection criteria set down by IBGA.
1.1 This BGA Order of Merit Policy will come into operation for all BGA Sanctioned blind golfers and tournaments effective from 1 January, 2020.
1.2 The BGA Order of Merit Policy is to be used for all BGA Sanctioned tournaments.
1.3 The BGA Order of Merit will operate over a two-year period commencing on 1 January the first year and concluding on 31 December the following year. For example, 1 January, 2020 through until 31 December, 2021
1.4 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BGA MEMBER ORGANISATIONS
1.1 Each BGA Member organisation shall provide the BGA Handicapper with the full scores/results of their BGA Sanctioned tournament within 14 days of the completion of that tournament.
1.2 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BGA HANDICAPPER
1.1 The BGA Handicapper shall check all relevant scores/results and calculate the Order of Merit points to be awarded to each blind golfer in line with Section 5- Calculation of Order of Merit Points.
1.2 The BGA Handicapper shall provide all BGA Member organisations with the updated Order of Merit standings within 28 days of the completion of that tournament.
1.3 The BGA Handicapper shall ensure that all BGA Member organisations provide the relevant information at the appropriate time.
1.4 The BGA Handicapper shall ensure that the up to date Order of Merit standings are published in full on the BGA Website within 28 days of the completion of that tournament.
1.5 CALCULATION OF ORDER OF MERIT POINTS
1.1 Only BGA registered Blind golfers shall be awarded points following each BGA Sanctioned tournament in line with 5.2 – 5.11.
1.2 Points are to be awarded for performance in BGA Sanctioned tournaments provided those tournaments and blind golfers comply with all BGA Rules & Policies. Current BGA Sanctioned tournaments include the Victorian Open, NSW Open, Western Australian Open, Queensland Open, South Australian Open, Australian Open and the Australian Stableford Championship. Addition or deletion from the current tournaments is at the discretion of the BGA Board.
1.3 A minimum of 8 players must participate in an event for that event to maintain its OOM status for that year.
1.4 To be eligible for OOM points, the event must be played on a course that meets the IBGA criteria for a qualifying round for handicap purposes which is currently a scratch rating for men and women of 66 or more.
1.5 Overall Points to be awarded for each BGA Sanctioned tournament scheduled over 2 days are as follows:
Each player in any BGA Sanctioned Tournament is to receive 2 points for participation
Each player in any BGA Sanctioned Tournament who travels outside the state/territory where he/she is a member is to receive 2 points
The Victorian Open, NSW Open, Western Australian Open, Queensland Open, South Australian Open, Australian Open and the Australian Stableford Championship receive the following points based on net results or stableford points:
1.6 In addition, the following points are awarded to the best overall gross scores at the Australian Open only
1.7 Sight Category Winners for each tournament providing there are a minimum 3 players in the sight category
If only 2 players, 2 points to best net, 1 point to second net. If only 1 player, that player gets 1 point.
1.8 From 1 January 2018, for events scheduled over one day only, players will be awarded half the above points.
1.9 Points are to be awarded on finishing positions/results not prize presentations or awards.
1.10 Blind golfers may earn points in more than one category. For example, if the blind golfer finishes 1st Net and 1st Net in their Sight Category, therefore earning a total of 13 points.
1.11 If two or more blind golfers are to finish in a tie for any one or more positions, the blind golfers that finished in the tie will be declared as follows:
- As finishing in the higher position.
- Points for all tied positions are to be added together and divided equally between those blind golfers finishing in the tied positions, for example, if two blind golfers are tied for Net 1st position, points for 1st and 2nd are added together (10 & 8 points, totalling 18 points), therefore both players receive 9 points each and the next points to be allocated are for 3rd position and onwards.