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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 in the year of the competition must play with a partner who is over 18 years by 1st june in the year of the competition.

    3. Each competitor must have an active WHS Handicap Index issued by a CONGU affiliated golf club and their Handicap Index must remain active for the duration of the competition.

    4. Each competitor must have played in a minimum of three handicap qualifying competitions, at the golf club at which their WHS Handicap Index is managed, in the 12 month period prior to the entry closing date.
    This rule will not apply to the 2021 competition due to course closures over the past 12 months as a consequence of the Covid pandemic.

    5. The entry fee for the Betterball competition is £48 per pair

    6. Closing date for entries is Friday 14th May

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

    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.

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

    11. 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.

    12. 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.

    13 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.

    14. 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.

    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 should start from the first tee unless the club regulations do not permit or there is mutual agreement to start from a different 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 0345 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 an active WHS Handicap Index issued by a CONGU affiliated golf club and their Handicap Index must remain active for the duration of the competition.

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

    3. Each competitor must be able to show proof of his / her current Handicap Index if requested by their opponent. This may be in the form of a printed certificate from his / her club or on their golf club or National Golf Union app / website.

    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. Stroke Allowance under WHS

    5.1 Betterball match between same gender (one set of tees in use)

    For betterball matchplay the Stroke Allowance is 90% of Course Handicap rounded to the nearest whole number.

    Course Handicap in betterball match = Handicap Index x (Slope Rating / 113) x 90%

    Example:
    Tee Slope Rating: 135
    Player 1: Handicap Index 5.3
    Player 2: Handicap Index 11.2
    Player 3: Handicap Index 16.1
    Player 4: Handicap Index 21.9

    Step 1: Calculate Course Handicap
    Player 1 = 5.3 x 135 / 113 = 6.33, rounded to 6
    Player 2 = 11.2 x 135 / 113 = 13.38, rounded to 13
    Player 3 = 16.1 x 135 / 113 = 19.23, rounded to 19
    Player 4 = 21.9 x 135 / 113 = 26.16, rounded to 26

    Step 2: Adjust for 90%
    Player 1 = 6 x 90% = 5.4, rounded to 5
    Player 2 = 13 x 90% = 11.7, rounded to 12
    Player 3 = 19 x 90% = 17.1, rounded to 17
    Player 4 = 26 x 90% = 23.4, rounded to 23

    Step 3: Adjust for lowest handicap
    Player 1 has the lowest handicap of 5
    Player 1 = 5 - 5 = 0
    Player 2 = 12 - 5 = 7 strokes received
    Player 3 = 17 - 5 = 12 strokes received
    Player 4 = 23 - 5 = 18 strokes received

    5.2 Betterball match including male & female golfers (two different tees in use)

    For betterball matchplay the Stroke Allowance is 90% of Course Handicap rounded to the nearest whole number.

    Course Handicap in betterball match = Handicap Index x (Slope Rating / 113) x 90% In addition, because the players are playing from different tees with different Course Ratings, the competitor/s playing over the higher rated course receive the difference in the CR values added to the Course Handicap after the application of the 90% stroke allowance.

    Step 1: Calculate each players Course Handicap
    Step 2: Apply the allowance adjustment of 90%. Do not round it up or down.
    Step 3: Adjust the handicaps for the difference in course ratings
    Step 4: Adjust the handicaps so that the lowest player plays off 0

    Example:
    Tee 1 - Slope Rating: 125, Course Rating 68.8
    Player 1: Handicap Index 5.1
    Player 2: Handicap Index 10.9

    Tee 2 - Slope Rating 128, Course Rating 71.1
    Player 3: Handicap Index 16.3
    Player 4: Handicap Index 22.5

    Step 1: Calculate Course Handicap
    Player 1 = 5.1 x 125 / 113 = 5.64, rounded to 6
    Player 2 = 10.9 x 125 / 113 = 12.08, rounded to 12
    Player 3 = 16.3 x 128 / 113 = 18.46, rounded to 18
    Player 4 = 22.5 x 128 / 113 = 25.49, rounded to 26

    Step 2: Adjust for 90%
    Player 1 = 6 x 90% = 5.4
    Player 2 = 12 x 90% = 10.8
    Player 3 = 18 x 90% = 16.2
    Player 4 = 26 x 90% = 23.4

    Step 3: Adjust the handicaps for the difference in course ratings
    Tee # 1 Course Rating = 68.8
    Tee # 2 Course Rating = 71.1
    Difference = 2.3

    Players on the tee with the higher course rating, get an adjustment of 2.3.
    Player 1 = 5.4, rounded to 5.
    Player 2 = 10.8, rounded to 11
    Player 3 = 16.2 + 2.3 = 18.5, rounded to 19
    Player 4 = 23.4 + 2.3 = 25.7, rounded to 26

    Step 4: Adjust the handicaps so that the lowest player plays off 0
    Player 1 has the lowest handicap of 5
    Player 1 = 5 - 5 = 0
    Player 2 = 11 - 5 = 6
    Player 3 = 19 - 5 = 14
    Player 4 = 26 - 5 = 21

    6. Each competitor uses the card and SI appropriate for the tee they are playing from.

    7. 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 in the year of the competition.

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

    4. Each competitor must have played in a minimum of three handicap qualifying competitions, at the golf club at which their Handicap Index is managed, in the 12 month period prior to the entry closing date.
    This rule will not apply to the 2021 competition due to course closures over the past 12 months as a consequence of the Covid pandemic.

    5. The entry fee for the Individual competition is £24 per pair

    6. Closing date for entries is Friday 14th May.

    7. 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.


    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.

    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 should start from the first tee unless the club regulations do not permit or there is mutual agreement to start from a different 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 0345 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 an active WHS Handicap Index issued by a CONGU affiliated golf club and their Handicap Index must remain active for the duration of the competition. 2. Each competitor must play off his / her current Handicap Index which may increase or decrease during the period of the competition. 3. Each competitor must be able to show proof of his / her current Handicap Index if requested by their opponent. This may be in the form of a printed certificate from his / her club or on their golf club or National Golf Union app / website. 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. Stroke Allowance

    5.1 Singles match between same gender (one set of tees in use)

    Stroke Allowance is 100% of the difference between each player’s Course Handicap

    Course Handicap = Handicap Index x Course Rating for tees to be used divided by 113 and then rounded to nearest whole number

    Step 1: Calculate each players Course Handicap

    Step 2: Adjust the handicaps so that the lowest player plays off 0 Example:

    Tee Slope Rating: 135
    Player 1: Handicap Index 10.2
    Player 2: Handicap Index 18.9

    Step 1: Calculate Course Handicap
    Player 1 = 10.2 x 135 / 113 = 12.18, rounded to 12
    Player 2 = 18.9 x 135 / 113 = 22.58, rounded to 23

    Step 2: Adjust for lowest handicap
    Player 1 has the lowest Course Handicap of 12
    Player 1 = 12 – 12 = 0
    Player 2 = 23 - 12 = 11
    Player 1 has a Playing Handicap of 0
    Player 2 has a Playing Handicap of 11

    Player 2 will receive 11 strokes taken in line with the Stroke Index from the tees in use.

    5.2 Singles match between male and female (two sets of tees in use)

    In mixed matches, because the players are playing from different tees with different Course Ratings, the competitor playing over the higher rated course also receives the difference in the CR values added to their Course Handicap, before rounding up their Course Handicap to the nearest whole number.

    Example:

    Player 1: Handicap Index 10.2, Slope Rating: 135, Course Rating 72.3
    Player 2: Handicap Index 17.9, Slope Rating 125, Course Rating 73.7

    Step 1: Calculate each players Course Handicap
    Step 2: Adjust the handicaps for the difference in course ratings
    Step 3: Adjust the handicaps so that the lowest player plays off 0

    Step 1: Calculate Course Handicap
    Player 1 = 10.2 x 135 / 113 = 12.19, rounded to 12
    Player 2 = 17.9 x 125 / 113 = 19.80, rounded to 20

    Step 2: Adjust for Course Ratings
    There is a difference of 1.4 in the course ratings
    Player 2 = 20 + 1.4 = 21.4, rounded to 21

    Step 3: Adjust for lowest handicap
    Player 1 has the lowest Course Handicap of 12
    Player 1 = 12 - 12 = 0
    Player 2 = 21 - 12 = 9

    Player 2 will receive 9 strokes (21 – 12) from Player 1 taken in line with the Stroke Index from the tees in use.

    6. Each competitor uses the card and SI appropriate for the tee they are playing from 7. 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.