In each of the events, we then looked at the average score to CSS per round of the players who made the cut (if applicable), those who finished in 10th place, and finally, those who finished 1st.
As there is no CSS in the pro events, we used the SSS for those instead.
In common with the approach that we use for our own County Stroke Averages, using the Average Score to CSS (or SSS) helps negate the scoring differences that arise due to the relative difficulty of the courses being played. It provides an excellent measure for comparing scoring across different events on different courses.
Two key things. Firstly, when the standard scratch is taken into account, scoring across events that are in the same category is remarkably consistent. Secondly, there is a very obvious progression in measurable scoring terms as players move up the ladder.
|Category||Made Cut||10th Place||1st Place|
|International Boys (U18) Amateur||1.25||-0.54||-3.85|
|National Mens Amateur||0.83||-1.08||-3.46|
|Interational Mens Amateur||-0.47||-2.90||-5.25|
|European Tour Qualifying - Stage 1||N/A||-3.52||-5.25|
|European Challenge Tour||-3.50||-5.50||-7.08|
# Data for Duchess Salver taken from an average over from 2013-2015. All other data based on results in 2015 only.
Well, hopefully it should provide concrete information on which people can judge how much they need to improve to play at the level they aspire to.
For example, if you’re currently competing at the top end of the County Men’s game (Duchess Salver) and dream of playing in the Walker Cup (International Men’s Amateur), then you need to find a way of improving by approximately three or four shots a round…..every round.
And if you’re capable of competing well at the very top of the amateur game, being able to finish in the top 10 of International Men’s Amateur events, then another couple of shots saved per round should see you being able to make cuts on the European Tour.
Whilst these examples relate to the very top of the Men’s game, then as you would expect, a similar pattern emerges when looking at the development of players through the junior ranks. The Average to CSS that would almost certainly see a player prosper at each of our respective age group levels is shown below.
These two ‘staircase’ diagrams provide a complete pathway from the very beginning of competitive golf to the top of the professional game (just click either of the images if you'd like a printable
At the top of the game especially, don’t ever under estimate how tough it will be to progress. As an example of that, take a look at the final standings in the England Golf Order of Merit for 2009.