Here is my analysis of the Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) men’s amateur golf rankings as at 4th October 2017 (Quarter 3).
As is always the case Quarter 3 proved to be a transitional period for amateur golf. 13 of the top 30 in the Quarter 2 ranking lists have turned professional in recent weeks. Take a look at the Turned Pro section of this website to see the main players that have moved on lately.
The table below shows my Golf Bible Combined Amateur Ranking (GBCAR). The GBCAR uses the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) to form a composite ranking based on the average of the two main rankings.
On the back of a superb 2017 season Matthew JORDAN (ENG), one of just three of our recent Walker Cup players to still be an amateur, is now GB&I’s leading player.
Helped by the departure to the pro ranks of many of our leading players the list is clearly starting to take a new look.
The orange ‘WAGR v. SPWAR’ column shows the difference between each player’s respective rankings. There are a number of factors at play here, such as each rankings approach to field assessments, points allocation, ageing and the events included.
Here is a detailed look at the progression over the last 12 months of the Top 30 GB&I players in the SPWAR, my preferred ranking (see Appendix 2 for the reasons why I rarely reference the WAGR outside this page).
A number of players have achieved material improvements in their SPWAR’s during 2017. Within the top 10 these include Matthew JORDAN (ENG), Harry ELLIS (ENG), Todd CLEMENTS (ENG), Jake BURNAGE (ENG) and Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE), all of whom have made huge strides forward.
Lower down this list Jamie STEWART (SCO), Jack GAUNT (ENG), Tom SLOMAN (ENG), David HAGUE (ENG) – whose North of England Amateur win this week isn’t included above – and Rory FRANSSEN (SCO) all look like players to watch in 2018.
Fred Solomon at the SPWAR has recently finalised his Amateur Tournament Ranking for the 2016/17 season which interestingly shows how he assesses all of the leading events. The Amateur Championship, European Amateur, St. Andrews Links Trophy, European Amateur Team, Brabazon Trophy and Lytham Trophy are all in his Top 20 worldwide amateur competitions. Click here to view the – SPWAR Amateur Tournament Ranking
Moving on to the WAGR, here is a summary of the Top 30 GB&I ranked players.
The lack of any points ageing or amortisation makes the WAGR a less useful ranking in my opinion. Unfortunately at this Quarter end there are also 8 professionals in the ranking (I have not looked beyond the Top 75 GB&I names) which is clearly also unhelpful.
PLAYER OF THE QUARTER: Todd CLEMENTS (ENG)
Todd Clements with the English Amateur Trophy (Photo: Leaderboard Photography)
Todd is deservedly my Player of the Quarter. His win at the English Amateur has been followed by strong performances at the Men’s Home internationals (W2 L1 H3) and more recently on the MENA Professional Tour, where he has recorded two 2nd place finishes in September.
Ben JONES (ENG) has also come strongly on to the radar in Quarter 3 winning the Duke of York competition at Royal Liverpool and contributing well in numerous Boys’ team events for both GB&I and England. I am looking forward to seeing whether he can keep pushing forward next year.
Alfie PLANT‘s (ENG) Silver Medal winning performance at The Open Championship, Sam LOCKE‘s (SCO) Scottish Amateur win, Connor SYME‘s (SCO) run at the US Amateur Championship and Jack SINGH BRAR‘s (ENG) contribution at The Walker Cup were also noteworthy in this period.
To finish I have included three Appendices below – one showing my previous Player’s Of The Quarter, another providing some more information on the two main Rankings and finally one showing previous quarterly Combined Ranking spreadsheets.
Appendix 1 – Previous Golf Bible Player Of The Quarter Results *
September 2017 – Todd CLEMENTS (ENG)
June 2017 – Matthew JORDAN (ENG)
March 2017 – Jack DAVIDSON (WAL)
September 2016 – David BOOTE (WAL)
June 2016 – Scott GREGORY (ENG)
March 2016 – Jack HUME (IRE)
* No award is made for the December Quarter due to the limited number of events played.
Appendix 2 – Ranking Notes
To view the two main Amateur Rankings referred to above please click the links below: –
Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) – apply GB&I filter in the top right hand corner
World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) – GB&I filter already applied
There is no question in my mind that the SPWAR is the most accurate amateur golf ranking. I discussed the reasons for this in an article I wrote in February 2016 (subsequently updated) – ‘Why The SPWAR Is Better Than The WAGR’.
However, the WAGR is undoubtedly the most important ranking because of the credibility given to it by both The R&A and the USGA and because it is used by many events, particularly outside of the USA, to assist with entry eligibility.
As I am not a player and am not running a tournament, but am solely interested in assessing who are GB&I’s best amateur golfers, my personal preference is for the SPWAR.
The GBCAR provides an interesting aggregation of the two leading amateur rankings and of course gives me something to do at each quarter end.
Appendix 3 – Previous Golf Bible Combined Amateur Rankings
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