Note: In order for the World Amateur Golf RankingTM to be as up-to-date and accurate as possible, particularly with respect to age/date of birth, we encourage ranked players: (a) to complete the Player Information Form (PIF) found on the WAGRTM home page; and (b) to periodically review their information on the WAGRTM website and provide updates to WAGRTM, where necessary. The submitting of such PIF information will also enable accurate publication of rankings by age group divisions (e.g., juniors, seniors, etc.). By submitting such information, players are deemed to have authorised WAGRTM to include them in any sub-rankings by age group within WAGRTM. All personal information will be kept confidential. A ranked player who does not complete the PIF is still eligible for inclusion in WAGRTM, but will not be part of any sub-rankings by age group.

Several amendments to the World Amateur Golf RankingTM will go into effect on Week 1/2016 (4 January 2016) and the following is a summary of the key changes:

- WAGRTM will convert to a two-year ranking. All results during the rolling 104 week period will count at 100%. To ease this transition, WAGRTM will grow one week at a time beginning on 4 January 2016. WAGRTM will become a full two-year ranking at the end of 2016.

- The minimum divisor, which is currently 28, will increase by 0.5 each week in 2016, until it reaches 54.

A player becoming newly ranked after week 1/2016, will have a minimum divisor of 28 for the player’s first 52 weeks in the ranking. The minimum divisor will increase by 0.5 each week thereafter until reaching 54.

(See final page of this memo for further examples related to the two-year ranking.)

- The Men’s NCAA Division I Championship will become an Elite category event.

- The maximum RSS will now be par + 6. If par is not known, 72 will be used. There will be a maximum par of 75.

- RSS figures will no longer be rounded to whole numbers.

- For all professional events, RSS will be based on the average score for all players in each round.  (For events not part of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) or the Rolex Rankings, RSS was previously par).

- Unconfirmed events will be removed from the system and will have to go through a probationary year to return.

- Fewer players will become newly ranked based on performance in lower level professional events.

- Stroke play bonus points will be reduced by 50% for fields with fewer than 48 players.

This memo is not intended to be an exhaustive list of every WAGRTM change for 2016, but rather a summary of key changes. For further information please consult the FAQ section on the WAGRTM website which will be updated with these changes in early 2016. The FAQs provide detailed figures and examples.

Should you have any questions regarding the 2016 amendments, please refer in the first instance to the FAQs section on the WAGRTM website. If the FAQs do not answer your questions, please contact Andy McDonald, The R&A/USGA World Amateur Golf RankingTM Manager, andrewmcdonald@randa.org.

Please know that WAGRTM is available to national federations and organisers of amateur and professional events and tours as a criterion for tournament field selection and for purposes of exemptions, national team selection, and orders of merit. Please find attached WAGRTM logos available for use in entry forms, on websites, etc, subject always to compliance with the terms set out at http://www.wagr.com/en/About-WAGR/Use-of-WAGR.aspx.

In order to keep WAGRTM as accurate as possible, please submit your event information for the 2016 WAGRTM calendar by 31 January 2016, please let WAGRTM know event date changes as soon as possible thereafter, and please remember to submit the results of these events as soon as the competitions have concluded.

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