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SPWAR top 1000 & ties breakdown

by player country or region is

(with world pro ranking numbers):

  –391  from USA (290 OWGR)

  –215  from Europe non-GB&I (182)

  –115  from GB&I (98 OWGR)

  –109  from Asia (237 OWGR)

  58  from Australasia (84)

  – 49  from South Africa (73)

  – 39  from Latin America (32)

  – 21  from Canada (16 OWGR)

  –  5  from Africa other (3 OWGR)


updated Jan 9 of 2020

SPWAR top 1000 by the top USA player States:


 52  from California

 – 38  from Texas

 – 29  from Florida

 – 27  from North Carolina

 – 20  from Georgia

 – 18  from Tennessee

 – 14  from South Carolina

 – 13  from Arizona

 – 12  from Massachusetts

 – 11  from Virginia

 –  9  from MS  & OK




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1.Apr.22 Connor McKinney of WA won Australian Am in playoff over J Hydes of NZL & J Buchanan of SA.


29.Mar.22 Dylan Menante of CA/Pepperdine won Valspar Collegiate by 1 over Frederik Kjettrup of DEN/FL St.


28.Mar.22 Drew Doyle of KY/LSU & Nick Gabrelcik of FL/North Fl were Co-Champs in Hayt Collegiate.


26.Mar.22 Peyton Callens of CAN/Nevada won Goodwin Collegiate by 1 over Lucas Carper of CA/UC Davis.


25.Mar.22 Connor McKinney of WA won South Australia Am Classic by 9 shots.


19.Mar.22 Eugenio Lopez CC of Spain/OK St won NIT and moved to #1 in the SPWAR.


14.Mar.22 Yurav Premlall beat Handre Truter 2&1 in final of Northern Am Open in RSA.


14.Mar.22 Rasmus Neergaard P of DEN/OK State won General Hackler by 1 over 2 others.


13.Mar.22 Max Ford of QLD won Riversdale Cup by 1 over 3 others.


24.Feb.22 John Gough of ENG beat Michael Mjaaseth of NOR 6&5 in final of Spanish Int’l Am.


24.Feb.22 Jonathan Broomhead of RSA won South African Stroke Am by 2 over Christiaan Maas of RSA.


23.Feb.22 Ludvig Aberg of SWE won Prestige Collegiate by 2 over Carson Barry of ID.









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Notice to Tournaments         email results


The quickest way to get any tournament results in the ranking is to web post such results.  Next best is to email such results via the email link above or email to group @ immediately upon the conclusion of the event (and before leaving the event site).  Tournaments can alternatively email Scratch Players with the exact URL extension (webpage address) where such results can be found.  We will then retrieve a copy of the results directly off such webpage. 


Results Format

Tournaments that email results should do so in the preferred format options as follows:

– html

– Excel

– Word

A pdf is accepted but not preferred.

Faxed or "snail mailed" results are not accepted.

Results must include:

– last name(s) clearly distinguished from other names

– full first name (or other name, if initials, 2 minimum needed)

– names in English (or other latin based language)

– players home country (if event open to those outside)

– final total score if stroke only event (no per hole scores)

– the match play tree if match determined champion

Results should include:

– players hometown, state/province & country as applies

– stroke scores in match events if 36 holes or more

Results should not include player home clubs.

If a player starts any round but does not finish, their score that round is "WD" (withdrew or retired), "NC" (no card) or "DQ" (disqualified).  If a player fails to show up for any round, their score should be "NS" (no show).  If a player withdraws before the start of the event, their name should not appear in the results. 


Warning Notice

As of January 1 of 2008, every tournament worldwide included in the ranking should have their complete results timely website posted on their event website, the host course website or by a significant golf media website.  "Timely" means within 48 hours of the last putt dropping in the event.  "Complete" results means the 18 hole scores of every player who started the tournament.  Any tournament that fails to have their results timely website posted and does not email such results timely to Scratch Players, will have their finish position points cut to a nominal level for the champion & total point spots down to a max of 5 spots This also applies to any event that does not clearly distinguish last name or names from all other names.



Event points are based on:

– number of world top 10, 50, 100, 200 & 500 players

     in a field as of the start of such tournament

– size of start field

– total holes &/or rounds played

– other minor factors 


The primary factor is the quality of the field as quantified by the number of top players who start.  If an event seeks more points, there is no chance that increased points will be awarded based on a "pledge" or "promise" that an event will get a better field.  Starting in 2008, each tournament in the ranking will be tracked closely to compile the start field statistics.  Any adjustment in win points, total points and finish position spots thereafter will be based on such statistics.


We are well aware that events have "ebbs & flows" of field quality annually which is why we use an average of field stats based on multiple years.


If you are not sure if a particular tournament is included, please see the requirements for tournament inclusion below         email Inquiries           email results





Ranking Description & explanation

European Nations in ESP,

French Amateur,

& others ending by 4/3.

For a chronological listing of top amateur tournaments worldwide, see the World Master Calendar or Master USA Calendar.



ranking FAQ’s


In short, finish position points for included events carry for 30 days, then age daily to 80% after 90 days, then age in equal daily increments before vanishing after 2 years (semi-annual to quarterly points aging as of June 2011, then changed to daily aging in September of 2013)Event weighting and spots paid based on who is in the field, how many start, and over how many holes/rounds.


No ranking in golf at any level will ever be dead accurate and many existing rankings are just a notch above "guestimates" and/or skewed for a particular agenda, bias or intended result of the issuing entity.  Notwithstanding, the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) is the first ever compiled,  the first to include all amateurs worldwide and the most comprehensive, accurate and unbiased ranking of amateur golfers ever undertaken by far.  It does not need to be perfect, just close and for the top 500, that has been accomplished.



As of September of 2007, 9 months since the SPWAR’s inception in early January, the SPWAR has become the world amateur ranking recognized by virtually all in the United States which represents about half the total golfing world and such domination continues to this day.  Among all major amateur tournaments in the USA not conducted by the USGA, only the SPWAR is recognized for event exemptions or invitations to the exclusion of any other world amateur ranking attempt.  The USGA is in the minority recognizing the R&A ranking in the United States.  SPWAR has also evolved as the world amateur ranking of choice among most of the top amateur players in the world which is the primary measure to validate the SPWAR’s dominance. This was documented in a worldwide survey in January of 2011.


We don’t care where the top ranked amateurs are from.

We only endeavor to identify who they are.


The ranking will be updated at least weekly but usually daily.  It is "sortable" via last name and current ranking and sub-rankings can be generated:

  – by region (Asia, Australasia, GB&I, European Mainland, Latin America, North America, Middle East & Africa),

  – by country and,

  – by state/province (in Australia, Canada, India, South Africa & the USA).

  – by name search (by last name or any other name but not by first with last)


When a player appears in the ranking’s top 200, his photo will be added to the finish position detail one sees after clicking a player’s last name if such a photo is available.  Scratch players with photos not in the top 200 indicates they were previously ranked at that level.


The ranking covers over 5000 amateur or open tournaments worldwide annually as well as amateur performance in any of the events on one of the top 23 pro tours worldwide included in the official world pro ranking (OWGR) as well as amateur performance in any pro event "of note" anywhere in the world.  Some amateur tournaments are conducted primarily as team events but as long as individual stroke or stableford scoring is tabulated for all rounds, it is treated as an individual event in the ranking.  Collegiate play, primarily in the USA, is also integrated into the ranking in a big way as a sub-ranking for tournament performance for all divisions except D1. All 36 hole plus D1 collegiate events are included as separate events.  Senior events are extensively included worldwide as are junior events.  One way or another, well over 5000 amateur, open, collegiate, senior, mid-amateur, pro or junior tournaments are covered by the ranking thereby rendering the ranking the most comprehensive in the history of golf.


There are around 17,000 amateurs in the ranking database earning at least some points net after points aging somewhere worldwide the last 2 years.  Of those, only the ones with 10 or more net points (between 12,000 and 13,500 depending on the time of year) appear in the ranking as the website is updated almost daily but in many cases, hourly (includes event detail for those in the top 2500).  Those turning pro are removed more timely than any other attempt at a amateur golf ranking.


Since the ranking can be sorted online by visitors, it also yields the most accurate ranking of amateurs for virtually any country of significance, in each USA & Australian state, and in each Canadian & South African province of any golf significance.



The ranking is compiled via a "finish position" points basis for the past two years of tournaments or sub-rankings.  The world ranking will be on a two year rolling basis with points "aging away" or eroding in daily increments after 30 days where points earned erode away as described above.  "Net" points are after aging.  Point positions tied are "summed & split".  In individual match play events, we do show "finalist, semi’s, quarters" or the like but those who make the same match play round may not get the same points.  Such ties are first broken by stroke scoring in cases where stroke play seeding was at least 36 holes.  As an example, say Aaron, Bob, Carl & Dave all make just the quarter-finals.  Aaron shot 214 in stroke play, Bob 209, Carl 211 and Dave shot 214.  In this case, Bob finishes in the 5th point spot, Carl the 6th spot and Aaron & Dave tie for the 7th spot notwithstanding that all show a finish of "Quarters".  This is based on the premise that Bob had a better overall tournament performance than the other quarter-finalists.  Points awarded for the same match round are not significantly different but there is a difference to distinguish the better score in stroke play.  Finish position in several team events are expressed in terms of match wins/halves/loses while the actual finish position is determined on an intra-event point system.  In these cases, a player gets or loses one point for a doubles match and gets or loses 2 points for a singles match.  Upon conclusion, all player intra-event points are summed with the top player having the most such points.  He would be the "winner" for purposes of SPWAR points and so on down the list.  Most players in these types of events do not get SPWAR points and therefore their participation in the event is not reflected in the ranking.




SPWAR website addresses (URL’s)

re-directed to this ranking







Amateurs turning professional will be eliminated from the ranking as soon as it comes to our attention based on professional organization membership, entering any pro tour qualifying "school" as a pro, signing with an agent or sponsor, and/or actually cashing a check in a professional event.  If you see a player in the ranking you believe has turned pro, please email us with a link to where on the internet we can go to verify pro status.



this graphic may be used as a "link icon"


(a custom designed link icon for individual websites provided upon request)


In order for an amateur or open tournament to get in the ranking, it must:

  – be scheduled over at least 36 holes if only stroke or stableford format (if 36 holes plus scheduled, at least 27 holes must be completed)

  – be conducted over at least 4 rounds if a stroke/match combo

  – have a start field size of at least 16 tournament scratch male players (there are rare exceptions for international events and national championships of minor countries)

  – have at least one man age 60 or younger in the field

  – have at least one male age 16 or older in the field


The ranking does not discriminate based on sex.  However, no women’s only amateur event worldwide is sufficiently strong enough to merit inclusion.  Consequently, for a woman amateur to be included in the ranking, they must perform well enough in men’s events to finish in the applicable point spots.  Among all the 4500 plus events included in the ranking, a woman amateur has finished "in the money" (a SPWAR point spot) only once since 2004 when Michelle Wie made the quarter finals in the men’s 2005 US Public Links.


Player points are assigned to each finish position in each event based on normal strength of field annually along with field size and number of total rounds played.  In rare instances, a separate set of points will be assigned to the same tournament for different years when extraordinary circumstances arise.  This occured in 2006 with the South African Amateur when the field was doubled to 312 players on the same course to be used for the World Team Amateur 6 months later.  It occurred again in 2008 when the stroke play portion of the Australian Amateur will be substituted with the SAGA Invitational, a significant "National Trial" event already in the SPWAR.  In this later case, combining events without adjustment would result in "double dipping" of SPWAR points which, of course, will not be allowed to happen anywhere worldwide.  However, with the 2008 World Amateur Team Championship being played at the same course as the 2008 Aussie Am / SAGA Invitational, that was taken into account.


The top individual amateur event in the world is US Amateur with the other top amateur events worldwide listed in the World Amateur Event Ranking at  Most of the top 100 amateur tournaments in the world in terms of SPWAR win points and total points for all finish position spots are annually conducted in the United States based on the documented number of top players in start fields anywhere worldwide.  Most of the top amateurs worldwide are from outside the USA.  An event can be awarded as few as two spots for points.


How many points and for how many spots in each tournament is information that is to remain proprietary to it’s creator & owner for the foreseeable future**Event weighting (how many points for each spot and how many point spots) is unquestionably the bedrock of any attempt at a golf ranking.  Without accurate event weighting, no other attempt at a world amateur ranking has a remote chance of getting anywhere near the SPWAR which is irrefutably the Gold Standard in Amateur Golf Rankings Worldwide.  Notwithstanding other attempts that are unable to weight any event worldwide relating to all others, the SPWAR can and does weight all events worldwide accurately based on sound and quantifiable methods unmatched in golf history.


The tournaments in the ranking include:

  – all events on the Master World Amateur Calendar (maintained & website posted by the SPG)

  – all events on the Master USA Amateur Calendar (maintained & website posted by the SPG)

  – the national amateur championship, closed and/or open, for every significant golf country and most others where golf is played

  – the state amateur championship, stroke and/or match, for every state in Australia (all USA State Amateurs in the USA Master Calendar)

  – the provincial championship, stroke and/or match, for any of the Canadian provinces with a population of 500,000 or more

  – the top 99% of events included in any other men’s world ranking

  – the top 1000 amateur tournaments in the world, by any possible measure, are included in the ranking

  – at least 2500 more tournaments than any other amateur or pro ranking worldwide


In certain areas of the world, match play events are seeded from what they deem to be a separate tournament.  If match play seeding is determined based on a stroke play event, then both such competitions are considered the same tournament no matter how much time elapses between stroke and match.  In those cases, the stroke play portion gets a separate array of points for the top finishers with the match play dominating the player points allocation as match play performance, in essence, validates stroke play scoring.


If you feel a certain event should be included in the world amateur ranking that is not already in the ranking, please advise with the following:

  – email us the complete results including full first & last names, all with home countries determinable for the top finishers, for the last 2 years and/or,

  – email us the exact URL extension (webpage address) where such complete results can be found.

Such tournaments will be reviewed to verify that they meet minimum inclusion standards for possible inclusion in the ranking.  Within a year or two, all events in the ranking will be required to timely website post results for any event to get significant points or points beyond 5 spots.  In the modern era of the internet, any significant amateur or Open tournament worldwide should website post results somewhere and virtually all do now.


On a final note to those who conduct tournaments and/or scoring for such tournaments, see information in teal colored box above.  Including a contestant’s home club or any club is worthless information for a world amateur ranking.  In terms of home country for players currently residing elsewhere, the distinguishing factor is citizenship.  Specifically for example purposes, if a player is currently in the USA and he is not eligible to be named to the USA Walker Cup or World Amateur team, he is not from the USA.  If a player is eligible to be named to a World Amateur team for more than one country (dual citizenship), then he is from the citizenship country he currently and primarily resides in.  Any player’s primary country of citizenship will first be established by what country he represented in the World Team Amateur if applicable or any other international team event.  In other words, if a player from England can not make the World Team Amateur representing England but is also a citizen of, say, Bermuda, then that player is no longer from England but from Bermuda in the SPWAR if he plays the World Team Amateur for Bermuda.  Call it the "Jamaican bobsled" rule.

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**The disclosure of a player points grid or the like to show what events get what points is not provided as this would enable "copycats" to essentially replicate the ranking and "re-package" such a ranking as their own.  If someone else wants to come up with a world amateur ranking, they will have to invest their own time and expense and figure it all out themselves.  Copycats are hereby notified that the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking is copyrighted with all rights reserved and such rights will be strictly enforced with all legal remedies pursued for those infringing on such rights.