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Our Tournament Rules

 

Seniors Club Classic

The Seniors Club Classic is a team matchplay knock-out event.

Four players from either side play head-to-head matchplay, in handicap order. Highest handicappers MUST play first. In the event of the match being halved at 2-2 the two lowest handicap players continue on a sudden-death play-off. The winning team then goes through to the next round. First round losers are entered into a Plate tournament, so everyone gets at least two games.

We try to alternate home/away fixtures, to keep it as fair as possible.

All players must be Members of the Club, with active CDH. Four players from either side play singles head-to-head matchplay (but also see below), in handicap order. Highest handicappers (course playing handicap on the day) MUST play first. In the event of the overall match being halved at 2-2 the two lowest handicap players continue on a sudden-death play-off. 

The play-off holes to be used MUST be advised to the away team’s “captain” prior to the matches beginning.

The winning team then goes through to the next round. First round losers are entered into a Plate tournament, so everyone gets at least two games.

 

Clubs must name at least four players to begin the season but up to seven different players may be used in total as required. Their names must be registered before they play (even on the day itself) by email to the tournament organiser.

Home teams have the honour on the first tee.

 

It is likely, this year that, due to tee-time pressure, matches might have to be played as a fourball. However, each pairing is still an individual match and no assistance may be given by a player of either Club to his Club partner.  For example, on the first tee, the order should be - home player A, away player A; home player B, away player B. On the green strict order must be maintained, the ball furthest from the pin played first. There can be no assistance between two players of one Club - they are not partners.

 

The tees to be used are those declared by the home Club committee for Seniors’ tournament play. In most cases we find these are the yellow tees.

The two “captains” should converse a few days prior to the match to sort out handicaps, especially as WHS is now in force. This will save discussions and any misunderstandings on the first tee.

Home teams must contact their opponents as soon as the draw is received. If away teams have not heard from the home team after a couple of days, please get in touch. It takes two to tango.

 

Maximum HI is 20.9. Players with HI above that may play, but play off 20.9.

Minimum age is 55 as of March 31st 2021.

Full handicap difference is applied, with the proviso that no more than 18 shots may be given. There is no away courtesy shot this year. 

 

In Quarter-final matches the venue will be decided by the toss of a coin, and will no longer be decided by which team or Pair has had most home or away games. This means the choice of venue is totally neutral. There will be no appeal against this.

 

Buggies may be used if really needed, but if a player requires one he must offer his playing opponent the opportunity of a lift. If a match is being played as a fourball no sharing is permitted.

 

We hope (and find in about 99% of cases) that courtesy is offered to visiting players. However, when this is not available we have a ruling that the visitors' green fees shall be shared 50-50 with the home team (or Pair). Thus if, for example, the visitor-with-Member green fee is £30 the home player would pay £15 and the visiting player would pay £15. 

 

Several players have asked if they can play a practice round at an away Club. Yes, you can, if you make arrangements with the home Club. There is no obligation on them to offer you courtesy for that practice round.

Distance-measuring devices ARE allowed in all tournaments but only DMDs that calculate distance will be permitted. Those providing other information, such as wind speed, temperature and elevation, will NOT be allowed. Any player found using such a DMD will be in breach of Rule 4-3a (1) for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.

The tournament is NOT a qualifying one for handicap purposes.

All other Rules are those of the R&A. Any disputes or questions should be addressed to Peter Smith, the Tournament Organiser - peter.seniorsgolf@gmail.com

 

 

National Seniors Pairs Championship

 

The National Seniors Pairs Championship is a Pairs better-ball knockout event.  In the event of the match being tied play continues on a sudden-death basis to decide the winner. The winning Pair then go through to the next round. First-round losers are entered into a Plate tournament. We try to arrange fixtures so that each alternate round is home or away, to level the playing field a bit.

This is a straightforward fourball match between pairs from either side. Names and CDH of players are required prior to the first match. A Pair may name a reserve for use in the event of the unavailability of either of the main players. Once a reserve plays he becomes permanent for the remainder of that season - the other player may not rejoin the pairing.

It is NOT a requirement of the Competition that both players should be Members of the same Club, though they need to choose which Club will be the "home" Club for the season and at which all home games must be played. They cannot switch from one course to another.

Play is over 18 holes and, if the match is halved, the match moves into sudden-death. The play-off holes must be nominated by the home Pair and advised to their Visitors before the match begins.

Maximum HI is 20.9. Players with HI above that may play, but play off 20.9.

Minimum age is 55 as of March 31st 2021.

The tees to be used are those designated by the home Club Committee for competition play on that day for Seniors. 

In accordance with the new handicap allowances under WHS, 90% difference is used in this tournament - the back marker conceding strokes based on 90% of the full handicap of the other three players. There are no courtesy away shots this year.

Entry fee is £27 per pair.

Buggies may be used if really needed, but no sharing is permitted, either of his partner or an opponent.

 

In Quarter-final matches the venue will be decided by the toss of a coin, and will no longer be decided by which team or Pair has had most home or away games. This means the choice of venue is totally neutral. There will be no appeal against this.

We hope (and find in about 99% of cases) that courtesy is offered to visiting players. However, when this is not available we have a ruling that the visitors' green fees shall be shared 50-50 with the home team (or Pair). Thus if, for example, the visitor-with-Member green fee is £30 the home player would pay £15 and the visiting player would pay £15. 

 

Several players have asked if they can play a practice round at an away Club. Yes, you can, if you make arrangements with the home Club. There is no obligation on them to offer you courtesy for that practice round.

Distance-measuring devices ARE allowed in all tournaments but only DMDs that calculate distance will be permitted. Those providing other information, such as wind speed, temperature and elevation, will NOT be allowed. Any player found using such a DMD will be in breach of Rule 4-3a (1) for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.

The tournament is NOT a qualifying one for handicap purposes.

All other Rules are those of the R&A. Any disputes or questions should be addressed to Peter Smith, the Tournament Organiser - peter.seniorsgolf@gmail.com