Silver Rabbit 1 & 2 Result

Amongst more ‘missle’ falling on the course there was more mystery around the result for the Silver Rabbit on Saturday until Craig Vest came out on top of a 5 way tie for first. As the Division 2 scores came in the number 70, 70, 70 kept on repeating itself. With the top four places qualifying spots for the Silver Rabbit final there was a more than a little conjecture in the clubhouse over count back.

After Craig Vest, Andy Wade and Isaac Davey Day 70’s seemed to have secured a final spot, Chris Godfrey and Geoff Whitworth came in with the same score to send the HowDidIDo calculator into overdrive. With back 9’s of (42), (44), (44), (43), (45) respectively it was a bemused Andy Wade who was adjudged to be fifth and miss out this time. His back nine of 44 was a shot clear of Geoff’s 45 but count back is worked out with handicap taken into account so Andy (17) misses out by half a shot to Geoff (20). Well done to Geoff and the top three who progress.

In Division 1 Chris Thornsby continues his sparkling form with a gross score of 68. That nets him a 66 and, with a CSS of 70, is now down to 1.8. Fine performances by Dale Chew and Tom Gilbert see them take 2nd and 3rd spot with 69’s. Mick Parenti and Terry Makin make up the top five with solid performances adding another couple of 70s for HowDidIDo to deal with.

How Does Countback Work?

Countback is a way to separate tied players after the conclusion of a competition.

It does not involve playing any more holes, only number crunching by the competition secretary.

The way countback is calculated can vary according to club rules. or the rules of a particular competition. But here follows an explanation of the standard method.

In an 18-hole event, ties are separated by the best score over the final nine holes.

These are the final holes on the standard scorecard. Thus they are the course’s 10th to 18th holes rather than the final nine holes a player might have played, which may be different if it was a shotgun or two-tee start.

If the best score for the last nine holes does not separate out a winner, then the final six holes are used, and, if that still fails to provide a definitive outcome, the final three holes.

If a tie still persists then the score on the final hole is used

In multi-round events the last 18 holes are first used for countback. If this cannot separate a tie, then the countback method for 18-hole events is then applied, as described above.

In a Stableford Competition the point scores for each hole is used and totalled, and as such is nice and straightforward.

But in a handicap stroke competition calculating countback can get a wee bit more complicated.

Rather than use the net scores on each hole, standard practise is to deduct handicaps in proportion.

Thus for countback on the last nine holes half the handicap is applied.

As most courses alternate the stroke indexes between the front and back nines, this rarely has a noticeable effect on a back-nine countback.

But, when it gets down to a third of the handicap for the final six holes and a sixth for last three holes, players can then start to get shot on parts of the course where they do not normally get them

[Source: Golf Monthly]

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