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  • RULES & CONDITIONS – BETTER-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP?
    Entry criteria:

    1.The competition is open to male and female golfers who are members of a CONGU affiliated golf club in England, Scotland or Wales.

    2. In the Betterball event competitors who are under 18 years of age by 1st June 2017 must play with a partner who is over 18 years by June 1st 2017.

    3. Each competitor must have a ‘Competition Status’ (active) handicap issued by a CONGU affiliated golf club and their handicap must remain ‘Competition Status’ for the duration of the competition.

    4. Each competitor must have played in a minimum of three handicap qualifying competitions between June 1st 2016 and May 12th 2017 at the golf club at which their handicap is managed. For the purpose of this rule supplementary scores are not classed as qualifying scores.

    5. The entry fee for the Betterball competition is £50 per pair

    6. Closing date for entries is Friday 12th May 2017.

    Competition Rules:

    1. The playing format is knock-out Betterball matchplay. At the Regional Final the format is 18 holes of Betterball stableford and the Grand Final consists of four rounds of Better Ball stableford.

    2. The Championship is played under 'The Rules of Golf' for matchplay as laid down by The R&A and is Approved by the R&A for the payment of expenses.

    3. Each pair must nominate a home course at which they will play their home matches. If competitors in a pair are members at different clubs they must nominate one club as their home venue. Once a team has played a home match they cannot change their home course unless there is mutual agreement between both sides.

    4. The venue for any match may be changed to the opponent's home course if there is mutual agreement.

    5. If either team has to cancel the match within 48 hours of the match being due to be played then the other team may claim the match.

    6. Competitors must offer weekday and weekend dates / times to play the matches.

    7. Competitors must be able to offer dates to play on both weekdays and weekends at their own course should they be drawn at home, otherwise they will forfeit home advantage.

    8. Under no circumstances may a team change one of its members after the first match has been played.

    9. Competitors are responsible for knowing the Local Rules of the course at where the match is due to be played.

    10. The use of GPS and laser rangefinding equipment which only measures distance is permitted at all stages of the Championship. Under the R&A Rules of Golf the use of smart phones and other devices which provide additional information such as wind speed/direction and distance taking into account gradient is in breach of the Rules of Golf.

    11. Caddies are permitted at all stages of the competition and they are the full responsibility of the player for whom they are caddying

    12. The use of buggies is permitted at all stages of the competition and they are the full responsibility of the player/s who is hiring them.

    13. By entering the Matchplay Championship competitors are agreeing to receiving emails from any of the tournament sponsors from which you can unsubscribe at any time.

    14 Competitors can enter both the Individual and Pairs competitions however should any player qualify through to the Grand Final in both formats he/she will give up their place in the Individual competition and only play in the Better Ball Grand Final.

    15. In the case of any dispute the organiser's decision will be final. Any team failing to comply with The Championship Rules or found not to meet the initial entry criteria will be disqualified

    Playing the matches:

    1. The regional draws will be issued during the first few days of June. Player A in each pair will receive an email link to the relevant regional draw which will include the names, handicaps, home golf club and contact details of the other 15 pairs in their region.

    2. In the first round pair A will play against pair B, C against D, E against F etc. The pair drawn at the top in each match will play at home, that is pair A,C,E,G, I,K,M,O.

    3. In the first round it is the equal responsibility of both teams to contact their opponents. In all other rounds it is the away team's responsibility to contact their opponents to arrange a mutually convenient date and time to play the match.

    4. Those teams who have received a BYE in the first round will play AWAY in the second round. If two consecutive matches include a BYE the team at the top will play at home.

    5. Many clubs offer courtesy of the course to the away pair but this is completely at the discretion of the club. The cost of any green fees charged must be shared equally between all four players and paid for before the match commences.

    6. It is the responsibility of the home pair to ensure that the course is available on the date and time the match is due to be played. If for any reason the course is not available the match will be switched to the away course.

    7. All matches must start from the first tee.

    8. Play will be from the competition tees, usually white, from which Monthly Medals are played. However if the club does not allow play from the competition tees the match will be played from the tees for general play, usually the yellow tees.

    9. In matches involving both ladies and gentlemen, the gentlemen must play from the competition tees and ladies will play from the red tees. If the course does not have red tees then the match must be played at another course which does have red tees. If gentlemen are not permitted to play from the competition tees the match must be played at either the ladies home course or a neutral venue.

    10. Matches all square after 18 holes will be decided on a 'sudden death' play off commencing at the first hole played and the appropriate shots will be given.

    11. If after mutual agreement a match has to be abandoned during the first 18 holes, due to lack of daylight or the course becoming unfit for play, then play shall resume from the point where the match was abandoned as stated in the Rules of Golf.

    12. If after mutual agreement a match has to be abandoned during a sudden death play off, due to lack of daylight or the course becoming unfit for play, then the match will be continued over 18 holes at the away team's course on another mutually convenient date.

    13. It is the responsibility of the winners of each match to inform the Tournament Office of the result. Results can be telephoned on 0845 466 2222 or entered online at www.matchplay.co.uk anytime.

    14. The winning team who are first to register their result online or to inform the Tournament Office of the match result will be the home team in the next round and so on.

    Handicaps & Stroke Allowance:

    1.Each competitor must have a ‘Competition Status’ (active) handicap issued by a CONGU affiliated golf club and their handicap must remain ‘Competition Status’ for the duration of the competition.

    2. Each competitor must play off his / her current handicap which may increase or decrease during the period of the competition.

    3. Current handicap certificates must be taken to each match and shown to the opponents before the match commences. If a competitor does not provide a handicap certificate on the day of the match he/she must provide proof of handicap to the organisers within 48 hours of completion of the match if requested by the opponents.

    4. In accordance with CONGU guidelines Section 23.B Clause 23.9 (page51) the organisers of the competition have the authority to reduce a competitor’s handicap if there is evidence that his / her handicap is not an accurate reflection of their playing ability.

    5. Strokes will be taken on the basis of 9/10 of the handicap difference and taken from the lowest handicap of the fourball. The maximum permitted playing handicap is 24 for men and 30 for ladies. Click below for an example

    • RULES & CONDITIONS – BETTER-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP - Example

      Strokes will be taken on the basis of 9/10 of the handicap difference and taken from the lowest handicap of the fourball. The maximum permitted playing handicap is 24 for men and 30 for ladies.

      Example – match between pair A and pair B


      Pair A Bill Smith h’cap 4 & Tom Smith h’cap 12
      Pair B Tony Jones h’cap 8 & Peter Evans h’cap 26 (he must play off 24 in the competition)

      Bill Smith has the lowest handicap of 4 so all shots will be calculated using Bill’s handicap

      Tom Smith will receive 7 shots. That is 12 – 4 = 8 x 9/10 = 7.2
      Tony Jones will receive 4 shots. That is 8 – 4 = 4 x 9/10 = 3.6
      Peter Evans will receive 18 shots. That is 24 – 4 = 20 x 9/10 = 18
      All shots will be taken in accordance with the men’s Stroke Index.

      6. In addition to their normal stroke allowance ladies will also receive the difference between the men's and ladies par from the tees to be used. These extra shots are added to the lady's handicap after 9/10 of the difference is calculated.

      Example – match between pair A and pair B

      The ladies par will generally be higher than the men’s par. In the following example consider par from the men’s white tees is 72 and par from the ladies’ red tees is 75

      Pair A Bill Smith h’cap 4 & Tom Smith h’cap 12
      Pair B Susan Williams h’cap 8 & Carol Davies h’cap 28
      The difference in par is 3 so the ladies add 3 to their stroke allowance after calculating 9/10 of the handicap difference. Bill Smith has the lowest handicap of 4 so all shots will be calculated using Bill’s handicap

      Tom Smith will receive 7 shots. That is 12 – 4 = 8 x 9/10 = 7.2
      Susan Williams will receive 7 shots. That is 8 – 4 = 4 x 9/10 = 3.6 + 3 = 6.6
      Carol Davies will receive 25. That is 28 – 4 = 24 x 9/10 = 21.6 + 3 = 24.6 rounded up to 25.

      In mixed matches all shots will be taken in accordance with the men’s Stroke Index. Carol will receive 2 shots on Stroke Index 1 - 7. CLOSE

    6. In addition to their normal stroke allowance ladies will also receive the difference between the men's and ladies par from the tees to be used. The additional strokes will be added after the 90% stroke allowance has been calculated. Click below for an example

    • RULES & CONDITIONS – BETTER-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP - Example

      Strokes will be taken on the basis of 9/10 of the handicap difference and taken from the lowest handicap of the fourball. The maximum permitted playing handicap is 24 for men and 30 for ladies.

      Example – match between pair A and pair B


      Pair A Bill Smith h’cap 4 & Tom Smith h’cap 12
      Pair B Tony Jones h’cap 8 & Peter Evans h’cap 26 (he must play off 24 in the competition)

      Bill Smith has the lowest handicap of 4 so all shots will be calculated using Bill’s handicap

      Tom Smith will receive 7 shots. That is 12 – 4 = 8 x 9/10 = 7.2
      Tony Jones will receive 4 shots. That is 8 – 4 = 4 x 9/10 = 3.6
      Peter Evans will receive 18 shots. That is 24 – 4 = 20 x 9/10 = 18
      All shots will be taken in accordance with the men’s Stroke Index.

      6. In addition to their normal stroke allowance ladies will also receive the difference between the men's and ladies par from the tees to be used. These extra shots are added to the lady's handicap after 9/10 of the difference is calculated.

      Example – match between pair A and pair B

      The ladies par will generally be higher than the men’s par. In the following example consider par from the men’s white tees is 72 and par from the ladies’ red tees is 75

      Pair A Bill Smith h’cap 4 & Tom Smith h’cap 12
      Pair B Susan Williams h’cap 8 & Carol Davies h’cap 28
      The difference in par is 3 so the ladies add 3 to their stroke allowance after calculating 9/10 of the handicap difference. Bill Smith has the lowest handicap of 4 so all shots will be calculated using Bill’s handicap

      Tom Smith will receive 7 shots. That is 12 – 4 = 8 x 9/10 = 7.2
      Susan Williams will receive 7 shots. That is 8 – 4 = 4 x 9/10 = 3.6 + 3 = 6.6
      Carol Davies will receive 25. That is 28 – 4 = 24 x 9/10 = 21.6 + 3 = 24.6 rounded up to 25.

      In mixed matches all shots will be taken in accordance with the men’s Stroke Index. Carol will receive 2 shots on Stroke Index 1 - 7. CLOSE

    7. When matches are mixed, ladies will receive their shots in accordance with the men's stroke index.

    In matchplay the par of the hole is irrelevant as the winner of the hole is the player who takes the least number of net strokes.

  • RULES & CONDITIONS – INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP?

    Entry criteria:

    1.The competition is open to male and female golfers who are members of a CONGU affiliated golf club in England, Scotland or Wales.

    2. Competitors must be 18 years and over by 1st June 2017.

    3. Each competitor must have a ‘Competition Status’ (Active) handicap issued by a CONGU affiliated golf club and their handicap must remain ‘Competition Status’ for the duration of the competition.

    4. Each competitor must have played in a minimum of three handicap qualifying competitions between June 1st 2016 and May 12th 2017 at the golf club at which their handicap is managed.
    For the purpose of this rule supplementary scores are not classed as qualifying scores.

    5. The entry fee for the Individual competition is £25.

    6. Closing date for entries is Friday 12th May 2017.

    Competition Rules:

    1. The playing format is knock-out matchplay. At the Regional Final the format is 18 holes of individual stableford and the Grand Final consists of four rounds of individual stableford.

    2. The Championship is played under 'The Rules of Golf' for matchplay as laid down by The R&A and is Approved by the R&A for the payment of expenses.

    3. Each competitor must nominate a home course at which they will play their home matches. Once a competitor has played a home match they cannot change their home course unless there is mutual agreement between both sides.

    4. The venue for any match may be changed to the opponent's home course if there is mutual agreement.

    5. If either competitor has to cancel the match within 48 hours of the match being due to be played then the other competitor may claim the match.

    6. Competitors must offer weekday and weekend dates / times to play the matches.

    7. Competitors must be able to offer dates to play on both weekdays and weekends at their own course should they be drawn at home, otherwise they will forfeit home advantage.

    8. Competitors are responsible for knowing the Local Rules of the course at where the match is due to be played.

    9. The use of GPS and laser rangefinding equipment which only measures distance is permitted at all stages of the Championship. Under the R&A Rules of Golf the use of smart phones and other devices which provide additional information such as wind speed/direction and distance taking into account gradient is in breach of the Rules of Golf.

    11. Caddies are permitted at all stages of the competition and they are the full responsibility of the player for whom they are caddying

    12. The use of buggies is permitted at all stages of the competition and they are the full responsibility of the player/s who is hiring them.

    13. By entering the Matchplay Championship competitors are agreeing to receiving emails from any of the tournament sponsors from which you can unsubscribe at any time.

    14 Competitors can enter both the Individual and Pairs competitions however should any player qualify through to the Grand Final in both formats he/she will give up their place in the Individual competition and only play in the Better Ball Grand Final.

    15. In the case of any dispute the organiser's decision will be final. Any competitor failing to comply with The Championship Rules or found not to meet the initial entry criteria will be disqualified

    Playing the matches:

    1. The regional draws will be issued during the first few days of June. Each competitor will receive an email link to the relevant regional draw which will include the names, handicaps, home golf club and contact details of the other 15 competitors in their region.

    2. In the first round player A will play against player B, C against D, E against F etc. The competitor drawn at the top in each match will play at home, that is pair A,C,E,G, I,K,M,O.

    3. In the first round it is the equal responsibility of both competitors to contact their opponent. In all other rounds it is the away player’s responsibility to contact their opponent to arrange a mutually convenient date and time to play the match.

    4. Those competitors who have received a BYE in the first round will play AWAY in the second round. If two consecutive matches include a BYE the competitor at the top will play at home.

    5. Many clubs offer courtesy of the course to the away player but this is completely at the discretion of the club. The cost of any green fees charged must be shared equally between both players and paid for before the match commences.

    6. It is the responsibility of the home player to ensure that the course is available on the date and time the match is due to be played. If for any reason the course is not available the match will be switched to the away course.

    7. All matches must start from the first tee.

    8. Play will be from the competition tees, usually white, from which Monthly Medals are played. However if the club does not allow play from the competition tees the match will be played from the tees for general play, usually the yellow tees.

    9. In matches involving both ladies and gentlemen, the gentlemen must play from the competition tees and ladies will play from the red tees. If the course does not have red tees then the match must be played at another course which does have red tees. If gentlemen are not permitted to play from the competition tees the match must be played at either the ladies home course or a neutral venue.

    10. Matches all square after 18 holes will be decided on a 'sudden death' play off commencing at the first hole played and the appropriate shots will be given.

    11. If after mutual agreement a match has to be abandoned during the first 18 holes, due to lack of daylight or the course becoming unfit for play, then play shall resume from the point where the match was abandoned as stated in the Rules of Golf.

    12. If after mutual agreement a match has to be abandoned during a sudden death play off, due to lack of daylight or the course becoming unfit for play, then the match will be continued over 18 holes at the away team's course on another mutually convenient date.

    13. It is the responsibility of the winner of each match to inform the Tournament Office of the result. Results can be telephoned on 0845 466 2222 or entered online at www.matchplay.co.uk anytime.

    14. The winning player who is first to register their result online or to inform the Tournament Office of the match result will be the home team in the next round and so on.

    Handicaps & Stroke Allowance: 1.Each competitor must have a ‘Competition Status’ (active) handicap issued by a CONGU affiliated golf club and their handicap must remain ‘Competition Status’ for the duration of the competition.

    2. Each competitor must play off his / her current handicap which may increase or decrease during the period of the competition.

    3. Current handicap certificates must be taken to each match and shown to the opponent before the match commences. If a competitor does not provide a handicap certificate on the day of the match he/she must provide proof of handicap to the organisers within 48 hours of completion of the match if requested by the opponents.

    4. In accordance with CONGU guidelines Section 23.B Clause 23.9 (page51) the organisers of the competition have the authority to reduce a competitor’s handicap if there is evidence that his / her handicap is not an accurate reflection of their playing ability.

    5. Strokes will be taken on the basis of full handicap difference. The maximum permitted playing handicap is 24 for men and 30 for ladies. Click below for an example

    • RULES & CONDITIONS – INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP - Example

      In addition to their normal stroke allowance ladies will also receive the difference between the men's par and ladies par from the tees to be used.

      Examples
      The ladies’ par will generally be higher than the men’s par. In the following example consider par from the men’s white tees is 72 and par from the ladies’ red tees is 75.
      The difference between the men’s and ladies’ par is 3

      Player A Bob Williams h’cap 4
      Player B Laura Smith h’cap 16
      Laura will receive 15 shots, that is 16 + 3 – 4 = 15. Shots will be taken in accordance with the ladies stroke index.

      Player A John Marshall h’cap 15
      Player B Sue Bull h’cap 3
      John will receive 9 shots, that is 15 – 6 (3 +3) = 9. Shots will be taken in accordance with the men’s stroke index CLOSE

    6. In addition to their normal stroke allowance ladies will also receive the difference between the men's and ladies par from the tees to be used. Click below for an example

    • RULES & CONDITIONS – INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP - Example

      In addition to their normal stroke allowance ladies will also receive the difference between the men's par and ladies par from the tees to be used.

      Examples
      The ladies’ par will generally be higher than the men’s par. In the following example consider par from the men’s white tees is 72 and par from the ladies’ red tees is 75.
      The difference between the men’s and ladies’ par is 3

      Player A Bob Williams h’cap 4
      Player B Laura Smith h’cap 16
      Laura will receive 15 shots, that is 16 + 3 – 4 = 15. Shots will be taken in accordance with the ladies stroke index.

      Player A John Marshall h’cap 15
      Player B Sue Bull h’cap 3
      John will receive 9 shots, that is 15 – 6 (3 +3) = 9. Shots will be taken in accordance with the men’s stroke index CLOSE

    7. When matches are mixed, if the lady receives strokes she will take them in accordance with the Ladies Stroke Index and if the gentleman receives strokes he will take them in accordance with the men’s stroke index.

    8. In matchplay the par of the hole is irrelevant as the winner of the hole is the player who takes the least number of net strokes.