Winners will be determined using the USGA recommended method for determining the Most Improved Player. The method is as follows:
Add 12* to the player’s Handicap Index at the start of the season. This is Value A. Add 12 to the player’s Handicap Index at the end of the season. This is Value B.
Divide Value A by Value B and round to three decimal places. This is the improvement factor. The player with the highest improvement factor will receive the Most Improved Player award.
Example: Starting Handicap Index = 22.6, Ending Handicap Index = 17.4
Value A: 22.6 + 12 = 34.6
Value B: 17.4 + 12 = 29.4
A / B: 34.6 / 29.4 = 1.177
Improvement Factor: 1.177
*The number 12 has been determined by the USGA as equitable in gauging the improvement of players encompassing the entire spectrum of handicaps. For example, it is relatively the same improvement factor to go from a 20.0 to a 10.0 Handicap Index (improvement factor of 1.454) as it is to go from a 5.0 to a scratch, or zero Handicap Index (improvement factor of 1.416), yet the change in Handicap Index is “10” (20 – 10) versus “5” (5 – 0) strokes. The number 12 takes into consideration the level of a player’s improvement rather than the net change in Handicap Index.
Breaking Ties: Ties will be broken by extending beyond three decimal places until a winner is determined. Example:
Player A Improvement Factor (IF): 1.134 (Beg. Index = 15.1, End Index = 11.9)
Player B Improvement Factor (IF): 1.134 (Beg. Index = 31.3, End Index = 26.2)
Player A Expanded IF: 1.1339
Player B Expanded IF: 1.1335
Since Player A’s IF is larger by .0004, she is the winner.