Des will be right there with the guys at her rating (around 960) regardless whether the course is long or short. That's why they are gender neutral ratings.
Chuck, I don't think you really mean you've designed the rating system for just the best player(s). Let's talk about the entire group of women players and about a rating system that might bring more of them into the PDGA by rating them all accordingly.
I guess my question really is, if a separate rating system for women was maintained, do you think that would actually increase the number of women joining the PDGA? My concern is we're discouraging some women from joining because by having a universal rating system, they're seeing all these men's names at the top of the scale, and hardly any women's names -- and above 1000, no women's names. If taking that irrelevant comparison away brings more women to the sport, because then they see as a sports body that we value their contribution and participation equivalently, then I think a separate rating system should be considered.
So that's the question I'm asking. I think the ratings system that you have developed in general has been a valuable draw to the sport. So do you, does anyone, think a separate women's rating system could bring more women to the sport? And if the answer is "maybe", shouldn't we should consider it?