WR4GD Frequently Asked Questions
The WR4GD System ranks the top golfers with disabilities across the world on the basis of their average performance in Counting Events on a rolling cycle over the previous 104 weeks.
Rather than being based on certain calendar years, WR4GD incorporates the last 104 weeks.
No. While some ranking systems make adjustments to weight recent play more heavily, WR4GD weights every performance over the past 104 weeks equally.

WR4GD has three Ranking Divisions:

1. Gross stroke play for golf handicaps up to 18.4

2. Net stroke play for golf handicaps up to 18.4

3. Net Stableford for golf handicaps from 18.5 up to 54

No, men and women are included together in the same ranking.

Women are indicated in the rankings with an “(L)” at the end of their names.

Yes, professional players are included in WR4GD Counting Events and in the WR4GD ranking.

WR4GD listing will be updated every Wednesday at 12pm GMT (London time).

EDGA approved events are divided into three series:

In Access Series events, players with all disabilities compete together.  The maximum handicap is 54. 

In Premier Series events, players with all disabilities compete together, but all players must have a WR4GD Pass. The maximum handicap is 28 for men and 36 for women.

In Challenge Series events, players compete by disability category.  The maximum handicap is 54.

The results of Counting Events are gathered from a number of sources.

As a preferred method, event organisers and national federations are asked to directly provide results immediately following the conclusion of their events. Should the WR4GD staff need to contact an event organiser for clarification, a reply must be received by the deadline or the event will not be included in WR4GD.

The results of Counting Events are used for the calculation of WR4GD which is made available on this website and in other publications.

When WR4GD updates every Wednesday, it includes events that finished by Sunday from the week before. So, if an event finished on the Monday or Tuesday in between, those results will be recorded in WR4GD for the following week.

Event organisers have a limited amount of time to return results in order for them to be included in WR4GD. This will ensure that WR4GD remains accurate. Players should encourage event organisers to return event results as soon as the competition concludes.

To become ranked, a player must:

-          Have a WR4GD Pass

-          Have a golf handicap issued from a nationally recognised golf handicap authority (for amateur players)

-          Earn RSS or bonus points in a WR4GD Counting Event

Every player in a WR4GD Counting Event must have either an Access Pass or a WR4GD Pass.  Only players with a WR4GD Pass are eligible to be included in the WR4GD Ranking.

To qualify for a WR4GD Pass, your disability has to have an influence on your golf game, as subscribed in EDGA’s Definitions of Impairment

To apply for a WR4GD Pass:

Print the WR4GD Pass application form and ask your medical doctor or physiotherapist to complete it in accordance with the instructions and send it to applications@edgagolf.com

A previously issued “EDGA Medical Pass,” “EDGA Pass,” or “R4GD Pass” will remain valid, subject to any review requirements that may have accompanied each individual pass.

To apply for an Access Pass:

Print the Access Pass Application Form and submit as indicated. Please supply evidence of your disability (medical records etc.) AND/OR a copy of a government disability certificate.

If you are in the possession of an EDGA Medical Pass or R4GD Pass (with or without buggy/cart indication) and your status is confirmed, you will automatically receive the new status as a WR4GD player and you can earn ranking points if you play in WR4GD approved tournaments. You can find all the WR4GD badged tournaments on www.wagr.com or www.edgagolf.com

New players have to apply for a WR4GD Pass (if they meet the EDGA definitions of impairment) or an ACCESS Pass if they are considered impaired, by law, in their country.

• Players with an EDGA ACCESS Pass are able to play ACCESS series tournaments (or relevant Challenge Events) but will not be included in the World Rankings for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD);

• Players with a WR4GD Pass are able to play all the WR4GD tournaments (ACCESS, CHALLENGE and PREMIER) and they can earn ranking points in all of this series.

A player will be removed from WR4GD if he/she has not earned WR4GD points in a Counting Event in the last 104 weeks.

A WR4GD Counting Event is a stroke play event or match play event, amateur or professional, approved by EDGA to count for WR4GD.  Counting Events may be Access, Challenge, or Premier events, and must be scheduled for a minimum of 36 holes.

In order to count for the WR4GD Ranking, any division of a WR4GD Counting Event must have a minimum of 3 players with a WR4GD Pass.  If there are not three such players, the event can still be played, the results for that division just won’t count for the WR4GD Ranking.

 

An Event Organiser who would like to apply to have an event included in WR4GD, should complete the EDGA Tournament Badge Agreement Form, and submit as indicated.  The application must be accompanied by a letter of approval from the National Federation or major professional tour in that country.

(a) In stroke play, Counting Rounds are all rounds played in a Counting Event

(b) In match play, Counting Rounds are specified rounds in a match play Counting Event.

A Counting Score is a gross, net or net stableford stroke play score recorded by a Ranked Player in a Counting Round of a Counting Event.

In stroke play, the result of every round for every ranked player is entered into the WR4GD system; all play is included in order to determine consistency. WR4GD stroke play points are assessed per round, not per place finish.

WR4GD stroke play bonus points are awarded per place finish.

Awarding of Tournament Bonus Points (based on Tournament Rating)          
Category A Category B Category C Category D Category E Category F
5 places 4 places 3 places 2 places 1 place 1 place
1 = 1.0% 1 = 1.0% 1 = 1.0% 1 = 1.0% 1 = 1.0% 1 = 0.4%
2 = 0.8% 2 = 0.8% 2 = 0.8% 2 = 0.8%    
3 = 0.6% 3 = 0.6% 3 = 0.6%      
4 = 0.4% 4 = 0.4%        
5 = 0.2%        

Ranking Scratch Score is the average of the best three scores in a Counting Round to the nearest full number.

 

Players will earn round points in the gross and net divisions by subtracting their score from the maximum score for each round of the event.  The maximum score in the gross division will be calculated by adding 18 to the RSS.  The maximum score in the net division will be calculated by adding 18 to the net RSS.

 

Players will earn round points in the stableford division by subtracting the minimum value from their score for each round of the event.  The minimum value in the stableford division will be calculated by subtracting 18 from the RSS.

The Divisor is calculated by adding the number of stroke play Counting Rounds to the number of match play Counting Rounds.  The minimum value of the Divisor is 6, but there is no maximum value.

 

Divisors will only be added for actual rounds played. If a player misses a cut, no further Divisors will be added. However, if a player withdraws or is disqualified during a round, one additional Divisor will be added.

 

In the case of a withdrawal due to medical circumstance, the player can appeal the added Divisor by providing certified documentation to WR4GD@randa.org or WR4GD@usga.org

EXAMPLE-1 (how a tournament is rated)

 

The 2016 Discovery Open

 

24 WR4GD Ranked players are in a field of 58 players competing in the 2016 Discovery Open. The 20 players with the highest positions on the WR4GD contribute to the Tournament Rating. The following calculation was made to find the Tournament Rating:

TOURNAMENT RATING POINTS (TRP)
WR4GD Position TRP Entries Top 20 Total TRP
1 - 5 90 2 2 180
6 - 10 85 2 2 170
11 - 15 80 2 2 160
16 - 20 75 4 4 300
21 - 30 70 4 4 280
31 - 40 65 3 3 195
41 - 50 55 0 0 0
51 - 60 45 5 3 135
      20 1420
61 - 80 35 4   0
81 - 100 25 6   0
101 - 130 15 5   0
131 - 160 10 7   0
161 - 200 5 5   0
201 - 300 4 9   0
301 - 400 3     0
401 - 500 2     0
501 - 600 1     0

The entries of players from the WR4GD bring the Discovery Open a total of 1420 points. This value of points is 86% of the maximum possible total of 1650, and so puts the Discovery Open in category B of the Tournament Rating table. This means that the four leading players at the end of the tournament will receive Tournament Bonus Points.

 

A similar calculation was made for the stableford division, by calculating the relative strength of the field by allocating WR4GD points to each of the top 20 players. The Discovery Open stableford division has a category E Tournament Rating.

 

 

EXAMPLE-2 (how a leading player earns points)

 

Zac Franks completes his two rounds in the Discovery Open (category B) tournament that attracted 1,420 points. With two gross scores of 81, 81, and with net scores of 76, 76, Zac wins the gross division and finished in 3rd place in the net division.  His points earned are calculated as follows:

 

Points Earned   Gross Points    
Zac Franks   Round-1 Round-2 Totals
Maximum   100 99  
Score   -81 -81  
Points Earned   19 18 37
Tournament Bonus   (1% of 1420 points) 14.2
Sub Total       51.2
Divisor (rounds)       2
Points Total       25.6

As the gross RSS for both rounds was 82 and 81, the maximum scores were set at 100 and 99 respectively (by adding 18). The net RSS for both rounds was 74 and 73 so the maximum available net score was set at 92 and 91 respectively.

 

In order to calculate the average points earned, the total points are then divided by the number of rounds started (divisor).

 

 

EXAMPLE-3

 

In the stableford division David Filipe completed his two rounds with stableford scores of 29 and 33, in a category E tournament that attracted 930 points. As David won the division, his ranking points are calculated as follows:

 

Points Earned   Stableford Points    
David Filipe   Round-1 Round-2 Totals
Score   29 33  
Minimum Points   -11 -12  
Points Earned   18 21 39
Tournament Bonus   (1% of 930 points) 9.3
Sub Total       48.3
Divisor (rounds)       2
Points Total       24.15

As the stableford RSS for both rounds was 29 and 30, the minimum scores were set at 11 and 12 respectively (by subtracting 18).

In order to calculate average points earned for the tournament, the total points are divided by the number of rounds started (divisor) which is 2 and gives David a total of 24.15 points.

 

There are nine Tournament Rating categories from A-H & Unrated.

The Tournament Rating is determined by the strength of the field and Tournaments are rated separately for gross, net and stableford divisions.

The Tournament Rating category is determined by the total number of points which the leading 20 WR4GD Ranked Players in the field attract. These players contribute Rating Points as per the WR4GD Ranked Players table below. Also see Example 1.

  

WR4GD Players     
1 - 56 - 1011 - 1516 - 2021 - 3031 - 40
90 points85 points80 points75 points70 points65 points
      
41 - 5051 - 6061 - 8081 - 100101 - 130131 - 160
55 points45 points35 points25 points15 points10 points
      
161 - 200201 - 300301 - 400401 - 500501 - 600601+
5 points4 points3 points2 points1 point0 points

WR4GD Tournament Rating (Maximum possible points 1650)     
Category ACategory BCategory CCategory DCategory ECategory F
100% - 90%89% - 80%79% - 70%69% - 60%59% - 55%54% - 50%
      
Category GCategory HCategory U   
49% - 45%44% - 40%39% or less  

Awarding of Tournament Bonus Points (based on Tournament Rating)
Category ACategory BCategory CCategory DCategory ECategory F
5 places4 places3 places2 places1 place1 place
1 = 1.0%1 = 1.0%1 = 1.0%1 = 1.0%1 = 1.0%1 = 0.4%
2 = 0.8%2 = 0.8%2 = 0.8%2 = 0.8%  
3 = 0.6%3 = 0.6%3 = 0.6%   
4 = 0.4%4 = 0.4%    
5 = 0.2%    

If you should have additional questions about the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD), then please contact the WAGRTM staff at WR4GD@randa.org or WR4GD@usga.org