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Annual Handicap Knockout Tournament

Our annual handicap tournament is played towards the end of each year, the winner is awarded the Joe Guy Trophy.

Players are given a handicap based on their perfomance in club games during the year up to the start of the tournament. (See below for the exact formula used.) A player gets the number of points equal to their handicap added to the score they get during the game.

Results

2021 Winner: Undecided Full results Printable version
2020 Winner: Undecided Full results Printable version
2019 Winner: Kathryn Allen Full results Printable version
2018 Winner: Douglas Legge Full results Printable version
2017 Winner: Yvonne Euington Full results Printable version
2016 Winner: Harry Walton Full results Printable version
2015 Winner: Cyndy Walker-Firth Full results Printable version
2014 Winner: Fiona Shoesmith Full results Printable version
2013 Winner: Martin Fagan Full results Printable version
2012 Winner: Robert Pells Full results Printable version
2011 Winner: Alan Guy Full results Printable version
2010 Winner: Alan Guy Full results Printable version
2009 Winner: Kathryn Allen Full results Printable version
2008 Winner: Robert Pells Full results Printable version
2007 Winner: Harry Beckett
2006 Winner: Marie Gard
2005 Winner: Harry Beckett
2004 Winner: Harry Beckett
2003 Winner: Jane Tarver
2002 Winner: Carol Sienkiewicz
2001 Winner: Tom Beardmore
2000 Winner: Cyndy Walker-Firth
1999 Winner: Harry Beckett
1998 Winner: Brenda Baxter
1997 Winner: Brenda Baxter
1996 Winner: Robert Pells
1995 Winner: Cyndy Walker-Firth
1994 Winner: Robert Pells
1993 Winner: Brenda Baxter
1992 Winner: N Marsden
1991 Winner: Joe Guy
1990 Winner: Joe Guy

Handicap formula

The handicap formula currently used for this tournament is based on the results of games in the previous twelve months. The values used are the players average spread and average score over their first round games and their rating at the start of the tournament. The handicaps are automatically generated and displayed on another page.

If a player doesn't have a rating or has played less than twenty first round games in the previous year a warning is issued and their rating may be adjusted by the tournament director.

The rating component (R) is calculated by subtracting the player's rating from the maximum rating of any player.

The average score component (V) is obtained by subtracting the player's average score from the maximum average score obtained by any player.

The spread component for a player (S) is calculated by taking the highest average spread scored by any player and subtracting the player's average spread.

The raw handicap score (RH) is then obtained from the following formula:

RH = 0.6R + 0.3V + 0.1S

The raw handicap score is then rounded to the nearest whole number. Finally the lowest raw handicap score is subtracted from all the raw handicap scores to give the final handicaps. This procedure means that the strongest player has a handicap of 0.