On July 1, 2014, Bowls Australia introduced a new national player ranking system where fairness, equity, events graded on prize money levels and a stronger emphasis on major event results with a weighted points system are the cornerstones of the new system.
The new player ranking system period will run from July 1 until the conclusion of the Australian Open annually and will be a far broader ranking system boasting more opportunities and a significantly enhanced points system across the spectrum of events approved as ‘ranking events’ giving more weight to higher finishing performances at major tournaments staged around Australia.
The philosophy of the new system is to provide equal and just opportunity for bowlers across the country to earn ranking points with the highest ranked player, both male and female, to be crowned Australia’s number one player for the year.
The highest ranked players in each gender will receive a cheque to the value of $3,000.
The male and female points leader following the conclusion of the Australian Open each year will be declared the ‘Race winner’ and would be recognised and awarded appropriately as Australia’s No.1 Ranked Player.
Please note that disciplines are irrelevant in the new player ranking system. There will be only one men’s and one women’s ranking system with all points, be they achieved in singles, pairs, triples or fours combined and calculated into the one system.
The Australian Open, Australia’s most lucrative event, provides the highest number of points available (in each discipline) and sits alone at the top of the tiered structure in tier 1.