What is a Counting Event?
A Counting Event is an event, stroke play or match play, amateur or professional, selected and approved by the Committee to count for WAGRTM. Counting Events must be played under the Rules of Golf, the Rules of Amateur Status, and the Equipment Rules of The R&A and USGA. Holes and tee-markers must be in proper championship positions appropriate for the relative field.
The average score of the winner of an event must be equal to or less than the Maximum RSS in order for the event to be included in WAGRTM. This same condition applies to the medallist of the stroke play portion of match play events and will include (1) stroke play qualifying even if fewer than 36 holes, and (2) stroke play qualifying of match play team events.
A new event to WAGRTM must meet all requirements in a probationary year before it will be included as a Counting Event.
Counting Events may be:
- Any elite individual or team stroke play event, decided by gross scores, played over a minimum of three rounds. The minimum field size for inclusion in WAGRTM is 10 for men and 8 for women.
- Any elite individual match play event, decided by gross scores, played over a minimum of three match play rounds. The minimum field size for inclusion in WAGRTM is 8. Stroke play qualifying for a counting match play event will also be included in the results for that event if played over a minimum of 36 holes. If the stroke play event serves to provide a match play field in terms of a cut and/or seeding, the stroke play qualifying and match play will be considered a single, combined event for WAGRTM purposes (1) no matter how many stroke play rounds there are, (2) whether the match play commences the day after the stroke play concludes or a few days later, (3) even if separate stroke play and match play winners are declared, etc. This principle also applies to match play team events.
- Any elite team match play event conducted at national or international level, played over a minimum of three match play rounds. The minimum team size for inclusion in WAGRTM is 4 players on each participating team. The maximum team size for inclusion in WAGRTM is 12 players on each team.
- Any professional event (with amateur participation) included in the Official World Golf Ranking (men) and the Rolex Rankings (women), or conducted by a governing body (affiliated to The R&A/ USGA), if the event meets 1 or 2 above. Professional events (with amateur participation), if conducted by associations affiliated to national federations or PGA organizations, will also be included providing they meet current criteria. For example, these events must be conducted at the state/territory/equivalent level or higher; city or regional professional events will not be included.
Note 1: Scheduled rounds must be at 18 holes or the like; scheduled rounds of 9 holes will not be included in WAGRTM. However, playing the same 9-hole course twice to constitute a single 18-hole round is acceptable. If a round originally scheduled for 18 holes or the like is reduced to fewer holes, this reduction in and of itself will not be a reason to exclude the round from WAGRTM.
Note 2: Cancellation of a round or rounds for reasons of weather, safety, etc., will not necessarily render the event “non-counting.”
Note 3: Non-championship flights in individual stroke play and individual match play events, including consolation flights and consolation matches (e.g., a match for “3rd place”) will not be included in WAGRTM. However, a player earning a spot in a non-championship flight can still earn points for stroke play qualifying in that match play event under item 2 above.
Note 4: The results of partner formats, e.g., four-ball and foursome events, are not included in WAGRTM. Three-ball match play events are not included in WAGRTM. However, these formats may be included in eligible match play team events.
Note 5: In the case of an event with multiple divisions (e.g. age brackets in a junior or senior event), all divisions playing from the same tees as the main flight (e.g., the same tees as the oldest age division in a junior event) will be combined and included in WAGRTM. For WAGRTM purposes, the player with the best score across these included divisions will be the winner of the event. Under 16 events will not be included in WAGRTM.
Note 6: Any event offering a purse will be considered a professional event for WAGRTM purposes.
Note 7: High school events worldwide will not be included in WAGRTM. For example, in the USA, this is usually grades 9-12, that is, the four years before entering college.
The Committee shall consider proposals for inclusion of any events as Counting Events at any time and the final selection of Counting Events shall be at the sole discretion of the Committee.