General rules for ISGA  competitions 

1.     Age

Competitions are open to boys and girls who currently attend an Independent School


Schools Matchplay Tournament (Knockout rounds) no handicap allowance, pupils must play in handicap order lowest out first.

Area plate for schools knocked out in the first round played under full handicap allowance (Stableford).

HG trophy. Stroke play qualifying event.

Trophies and prizes for both scratch and nett. Team and Individual

ISGA Schools Cup. A team event played with 1 Teacher and 3 Pupils Trophies for best scratch score (3 out of 4) and best 3 out of 4 scores under full handicap

Teachers competitions. Played under full handicap stableford and scratch. 2 Trophies for the knockout stages and 2 trophies at the Grand Final.

Junior Competitions  are  modified stableford apart from the handicap stableford event

3. Teams

Matchplay competition 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

ISGA Schools cup. Teams of 4 (1 Teacher and 3 pupils) best 2 from 3 student scores to count

ISGA HG Trophy. Teams of 3 per school best 2 scores to count Gross and full handicap Trophies

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.

A local rules sheet will be available on the day of the ISGA Schools Matchplay Finals, The ISGA Shire trophy and The ISGA Schools Cup.

No caddies allowed.

Parents may watch at a safe distance. ( 50 yard rule applies) No advice may be given during the round  by any teacher , coach or parent. Exception being in the Schools Cup where playing partners may give advice to one another

6. Range Finders

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

7. Etiquette

Good etiquette is required by all players and schools. Serious breach of etiquette will result in individual or team disqualification.

No schools may use our events for any commercial gain or approach any individual with a view to poaching. Breach of above will lead to suspension of school from ISGA competitions for 3 years subject to review.

The ISGA reserve the right to disallow individuals or teams from participating in any of their competitions if previous breaches of the above have taken place

The decision of the organisers is Final

8. School Consent


The Independent Schools Golf Association recognises the need to ensure the welfare and safety of all children and young people in sport.

In accordance with our child protection policy we will not permit photographs, video or other images of children and young people to be taken without the consent of their school

The Independent Schools Golf Association will take all necessary measures to ensure these images are used solely for the purposes they are intended. For example use on the ISGA websites, golf magazines reporting results.

 any player who does not give permission for photos at prize giving will not be eligible for any prizes

All Schools must be aware of the Children in Golf Child Protection Policy and Procedures and guidelines in relation to away competition/tournaments.

All Schools acknowledge that the Independent Schools Golf Association will not be liable in the event of any accident or loss during any competition/tournament.

Emergency First Aid / Medical Treatment
All schools must have medical procedures in place for the needs of each individual that takes part in any ISGA competition.

By entering an ISGA competition all schools agree that photographic consent has been given for their pupils

9. Application forms

Once an application form has been submitted by the school or Master I/C Golf this forms a contract between the school and the ISGA for full payment due.

Only in exceptional circumstances will fees be waived.

2 months notice must be given for any withdrawal from a tournament. Not including school holidays. If we are able to get a replacement then fees will be reimbursed

All invoices now carry a payment by date, if reminders are sent they will now include a late payment fee to cover extra admin costs.

Spaces are only guaranteed on payment

The ISGA reserve the right to disqualify a school from the knockout if any outstanding payments are not paid 

9.1 Schools or Colleges refusing to pay fees due will be disqualified  from the Rankings. Any fees due must be paid before the School or College can take part in future events

10 Competition cancellation

Should it be necessary to cancel a competition prior to the start, refunds will be made to the school bursar. Cancellation due to bad weather is outside of the control of the ISGA. The ISGA and British Schools take no responsibility for events cancelled due to bad weather. All efforts will be made to reschedule events. Its advised that schools have bad weather policy in place to cover any eventualities

11.Competition Trophies & prizes

In order to win a trophy in any net competition players must be in provide an up to date handicap certificate or WHS number one week before the competition date

Trophies held for return the next year are the responsibility of the school. Trophies not returned for the following year will be deemed lost and charged to the school.

Students that do not stay for prize giving will forfeit their trophy and prize which will be used for the following year.

Where prize giving is not able to take place trophies and prizes will be posted out / delivered to all schools with winners. It is the responsibility of the school to take a photo/s and send to the organisers within 2 weeks of receipt.

Personalised Prizes from external organisations will only be open for a period of 6 months after the competition for the recipient to submit details. After that time the prize will be forfeited.