GC Country Rankings as at 31st March 2022

The latest GC Team Rankings (as at 31 March 2022) are:

Position

Country

Average

Players

1

Egypt

2,551

6

2

England

2,461

6

3

New Zealand

2,374

6

4

USA

2339

6

5

Australia

2,275

6

6

Spain

2,249

6

7

South Africa

2,233

6

8

Wales

2,168

6

9

Canada

2,131

6

10

Ireland

2,048

6

11

Switzerland

2,028

6

12

Sweden

2,021

6

13

Germany

1,996

6

14

Latvia

1,952

6

15

Scotland

1,940

6

16

Austria

1,925

6

17

Norway

1,871

6

18

Czech Republic

1,828

3

19

Mexico

1,786

3

20

Finland

1,706

3

21

Belgium

2,338

1

22

Jersey

2,009

1

New GC Ranking Officer Richard Bilton

The Management Committee are pleased to announce that Richard Bilton has taken over from Stephen Mulliner as Golf Croquet Ranking Officer. Our thanks go to Stephen Mulliner for his many years of hard work.

Richard started playing Croquet in 2008 at the age of 11, and significantly improved when he joined Nottingham Croquet Club in September 2015. In January 2017, Richard was selected for the GC International Performance Development Squad, and finished 3rd place in his first English National Singles Championship (Ascot Cup) at the end of the season. At the end of 2017 he was awarded the Spiers Trophy for the most improved GC player that year. In May 2018, Richard won his first open tournament, the Hunstanton Open Series and finished the year by winning the Ascot Cup, his first GC 'major'.

Richard was part of the winning England team in the inaugural GC England v Spain Test Match. He came 5th in the  2019 GC World Championship in Sussex and went on to play for England in the 2020 GC World Team Championships in New Zealand, in which England came third.  Richard won the GC British Open Doubles Championship in 2021 while partnering Reg Bamford.

Richard is currently on the English CA Tournament Committee and GC Rules Committee. In 2020, Richard became the GC Assistant Ranking Officer for England and he spent the latter half of 2021 shadowing Stephen Mulliner in the role of WCF GC Ranking Officer.

For the time being Richard will continue as Assistant Ranking Officer (ARO) for England. In his role as RO he is well supported by the full team of ARO's, as listed below. We also thank Stephen Mulliner for continuing to enter and manage the results for Egypt.

ARO Australia - Peter Freer
ARO England - Richard Bilton
ARO New Zealand - John Christie
ARO Spain - Felipe Mestanza
ARO United States - Jeff Soo

GC Country Rankings as at 31st December 2021

The latest GC Team Rankings (as at 31 December 2021) are:

Position

Country

Average

Players

1

Egypt

2,548

6

2

England

2,461

6

3

New Zealand

2,412

6

4

USA

2346

6

5

Australia

2,301

6

6

Spain

2,249

6

7

Wales

2,174

6

8

South Africa

2,164

6

9

Canada

2,144

6

10

Ireland

2,048

6

11

Sweden

2,021

6

12

Germany

1,996

6

13

Switzerland

1,986

6

14

Latvia

1,952

6

15

Scotland

1,942

6

16

Austria

1,924

6

17

Norway

1,871

6

18

Czech Republic

1,828

3

19

Finland

1,706

3

20

Mexico

1,607

3

21

Belgium

2,339

1

22

Jersey

2,008

1

GC Country Rankings as at 30th September 2021

The latest GC Team Rankings (as at 30 September 2021) are:

Position

Country

Average

Players

1

Egypt

2,557

6

2

England

2,459

6

3

New Zealand

2,393

6

4

USA

2,347

6

5

Australia

2,301

6

6

Spain

2,259

6

7

Wales

2,172

6

8

Canada

2,144

6

9

Ireland

2,048

6

10

Switzerland

2,035

6

11

Sweden

2,033

6

12

South Africa

1,988

6

13

Latvia

1,964

6

14

Scotland

1,943

6

15

Austria

1,924

6

16

Germany

1,920

6

17

Norway

1,876

6

18

Czech Republic

1,828

6

19

Finland

1,706

3

20

Mexico

1,607

3

21

Belgium

2,339

1

22

Jersey

2,008

1

GC Country Rankings as at 30th June 2021

The latest GC Team Rankings (as at 30 June 2021) are:

Position

Country

Average

Players

1

Egypt

2,553

6

2

England

2,460

6

3

New Zealand

2,394

6

4

Australia

2,298

6

5

Spain

2,258

6

6

USA

2,249

6

7

Wales

2,099

6

8

Sweden

2,073

6

9

Germany

2,035

6

10

Switzerland

2,011

6

11

Ireland

1,971

6

12

South Africa

1,964

6

13

Latvia

1,953

6

14

Czech Republic

1,902

6

15

Scotland

1,898

6

16

Austria

1,876

6

17

Norway

1,868

6

18

Mexico

1,620

3

19

Finland

1,803

2

20

Belgium

2,330

1

21

Jersey

2,008

1

Update on new GC grading system

The new GC grading system has been in place for just over two weeks.  There are two main changes from the former system.

The first is that a Dynamic Grade ("DG") is an index which always rises after a win and falls after a loss.  The former system used more volatile indices and then calculated the grade as an exponentially smoothed average of a player's most recent indices.  A consequence was that a player's grade could rise after a loss and fall after a win which some found difficult to understand.

The second change is the introduction of Automatic Start Grade Adjustment ("ASGA").  This is a valuable tool which is needed to deal with the large number of new players added to the system every year and the impossibility of knowing in advance how quickly they will improve.  It is not practical for a ranking officer to directly monitor every new player and adjust their start grade if it turns out that they have rapidly reached a much higher standard of play than indicated by their start grade.

ASGA performs this task by comparing a player's Performance Grade for N games with the DG achieved after those N games.  The Performance Grade depends only on the average grade of the opponents met in the N games and the proportion of wins that the player achieved in the N games.  If the Performance Grade and DG differ by more than an amount that varies between 51 and 85, depending on the value of N, the player's start grade is replaced by the Performance Grade for a final run of the calculation program which produces the grades available from the system webpage.

The minimum value of N was originally set at 10 games.  However, since the new system went live on 1 July, it has become apparent that this has generated some very large increases in start grade (300 to 700 points) which lead to equally large increases in DG from performances in events of moderate average playing strength.  These increases are regarded by competent local observers of the relevant players as unrealistic and misleading.  Unrealistically high grades will cause problems with managing grade-based tournament entry and dissatisfaction among peer groups.

The WCF MC has recognised the issue and the force of the criticisms.  It will seek a suitable long-term solution which preserves the use of ASGA but provides a grading system that retains the confidence of all its users.  As an interim measure, the MC has directed that ASGA should not be applied until a player has played 20 ranked games instead of 10.  This takes effect immediately.