October 23, 2017

Matchplay Tournament Rules

Format

3 Pupils per team play scratch knockout against their drawn school to play for the area Trophy.

All Area finalists play a 2 day competition to decide the overall winning team. Finals also have individual Trophies and prizes. click on the Matchplay Tournament heading for a map of all the areas and schools taking part.

Teachers play alongside the pupils in a handicap stableford , teachers may climb the leader board the more times they play. There is also a Teachers scratch trophy so record all your scores if you wish to get onto the scratch leader board (first 9 holes to count)

Winning Teachers will receive trophies for scratch and stableford

Teachers competition on the first day of the National Finals for Gross and Nett

Schools knocked out in the first round may play in the plate knockout under full handicap stableford play for the area plate. All players play 18 holes and add the 3 scores together to decide the winning team ( players only eligible if they have a current handicap)

Rules

1.       Age

Competition open to boys and girls who currently attend an Independent School

2.Handicap

Main Schools Match Play Tournament

No handicap allowance, all players play scratch matchplay.

Area plate

18 hole stableford played under full handicap (max 28 boys  36 girls)

Handicap must be current

3. Teams

A team consists of three players of either sex who will play individual matchplay against their opposing school.

Matches must go out in handicap order lowest first

All matches must play 18 holes and continue until there is a result

Any team who turn up with less than 3 players will forfeit that particular game

Schools with 2 teams

A team must consist of their lowest handicap players and may only play in that team.

B team players will consist of players that would not be considered for the A team due to handicap

A or B team players may only play for their designated team.

In case of illness or injury only a B team player may play for an A team

If a B team makes it to the National finals only players that have played for the B team are eligible to play.

It is the responsibility of the master in charge of golf to be honest and fair regarding A and B teams. Any schools found to have altered players around or manipulating results to give an advantage will be  disqualified

Schools with an A and B team must email the organisers with their team names at the beginning of the season

4. Tees

Boys play off Mens competition tees Girls play off Ladies tees

5. Golf Rules

Golf Rules as per rules of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

All matches must finish until there is a winner

6. Girls / mixed teams in the main knockout

New ruling as per the EWGA/EGU Girls play off the ladies tees with NO shot allowances as this is a scratch competition.

2010 onwards the ISGA will fall in line with these rules for the knockout stages

7. Range Finders

GPS and Rangefinders are allowed at the permission of the host course

8. Golf Course

Matches must be played on a measured 18 hole course affiliated to the relevant Golf Union

9. Distance between schools

Schools drawn together that are more than 50 miles apart may play at half way venue with agreement on both sides

10.Cancellation

A minimum of 48 hours notice must be given with a valid excuse for cancellation of an agreed event

Schools must play their matches by the due date. Extensions will only be given under exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the organisers.

Schools running late with their matches must keep the organisers and their future opponent informed

Failure to comply may result in disqualification

Tee times must be made to ensure there is enough light to finish the matches. Any matches not finished due to bad light or inclement weather must be replayed at a future date, or continued from the hole they finished on.

Schools that reach the Grand Finals must attend the finals except under exceptional circumstances.

Schools that fail to attend may not be invited to play in future events for a period of 2 years

11. Assistance

No buggies or caddies allowed. No outside assistance may be given to players by teachers, coaches or parents.

Schools found to have given advice to students  during play will be disqualified from the competition

12 Rules Decisions

The decision of the organisers is final

13 Finals

New rule from 2011  The winning school and runner up are now not eligible to enter a B team into the knockout stages. This ensures that no school can have more than one team in the national finals. The winning school and runner up will gain automatic entry into the following years National finals. See national finals rules for extra rules

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