Re: Ask Chuck Kennedy
Because players can take penalties that don't have to do with how they've played, the most common being late for starting a round, we decided to drop rounds that are more than 2.5 standard deviations below a player's average or 100 pts whichever is smaller. Missing at least two holes of a round amounts to at least a 60 pt potential drop in the player's rating that has nothing to do directly with their play.
The average number of rounds dropped per player with this policy is about 1 in 50. The average PDGA member only has 15 rated rounds per year so that's about 1 drop every three years. If players "throw" rounds so they're dropped from their rating, it doesn't hurt anyone else. If a player's rating is artificially propped up by doing this, it just means there are more points available for others to earn at an event and the player may have to enter a higher division than their "true" skill level. Since no one gets paid for their rating but only how they play, no harm, no foul. The sponsors are the only ones currently who reward sponsorships with rating being one factor. They are able to look and see if any of their players are deliberately playing poorly to drop rounds and we let them know.
BTW, Barry didn't have all of those walks included in his batting average. How come? A basketball player who just made a shot but a teammate got called for a foul at the same moment doesn't get that shot included in their stats. A wide receiver makes a circus catch but a teammate gets called for holding. No stats.