Scottish Open Rules

The Independent Schools Under 19 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship for the Kings Acre Cup

The Independent Schools under 19 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship for the Shire Trophy, presented by Kings Acre, open to Boy and Girl Amateur Golfers who attend an Independent School

1. Conditions of Play

(a) The Championship shall be played by Stroke Play over 18 holes at Kings Acre

(b) The winner shall be the competitor who returns the lowest score over 18 holes.

In the event of a tie for first place after 18 holes the deciding score will be on count back over the last 9 holes. In the event of a tie after count back there will be a sudden death playoff on the 18th hole until a winner is decided

(c) The Team event will be the best 2 scores from each team of 3 in both gross and net

(d) No caddies allowed

(e) Parents and teachers may watch from a suitable distance but may not interfere with play or give advice

(f) Breach of (d) (e) disqualification

(g) Serious breeches of golf etiquette may result in disqualification

2. Trophies and Prizes

 The winning School (will hold the Kings Acre Trophy for one year)

 School net Trophy (will hold the Trophy for one year)

Best gross score after18 holes.

 2nd best gross score over 18 holes.

 1st Net after 18 holes

 2nd Net after 18 holes

  1st Gross Girl after 18 holes

 1st Gross Under 15 after 18 holes

 2nd Gross Under 15 after 18 holes

1st Net Under 15 after 18 holes

Competitors under the age of 15 at 00:00 hours on 1st January in the year in which the Championship is to be played will be eligible to play for the Under 15 Trophies and prizes

No competitor may receive more than one prize other than the Individual winner of the Kings AcreTrophy

Trophies and Prizes will be presented as soon as possible after the end of play, when all winners will be expected to be present.

Trophies and prizes not collected at prize giving will be kept over for next year’s event

The organisers reserve the right to alter age categories and trophies according to entry numbers

3. Qualification

To be eligible to enter, a player must be:-

(a) In possession of a playing handicap not exceeding 24 for boys and 30 for girls under CONGU Unified Handicapping System or a Comparable Scheme operated by a recognised Overseas Golfing Union, Federation or Association.

(b) Under the age of 19 at 00:00 hours on 1st January in the year in which the Championship is to be played.

(c) Schools must submit their players names and cdh nos at least 1 week before the competition in order to take part in the nett categories and the higher age group

4. Entries

Entries must be made on the entry form specified by the Championship Committee of the ISGA and be submitted by the M I/C Golf of the School taking part. In the case of a person who is a member of a Golf Club in Great Britain and Ireland the Playing Handicap Certificate must be signed by the Secretary or Handicapping Authority of his home club.

An overseas player must enter through the Secretary of the Recognised National Authority controlling golf in the Country from which he wishes to enter.

Dates of Birth and handicaps must be emailed to the organisers at least 7 days prior to the competition in order to play in the right age group and receive any nett trophies and prizes.

Pupils entered with no dates of birth will automatically be entered into the highest age group.

Handicap certificates not produced before start of the competition  may mean a competitor is only eligible to play in the gross competition.

5. Ballot

Where the entries exceed 102 in number, there will be a three tier system. 1st priority to the previous year’s entrants. 2nd priority to the 1st year’s entrants. 3rd there will be a ballot amongst the higher handicaps to reduce the entry to that number. Players eliminated by ballot will be kept on a reserve list. In the event of balloted players not filling any vacant places, entry fees will be refunded.

6. Exemptions

Any school that finished in the top 6 places in the Scottish Open held in the previous year shall be eligible to compete.

7. Winners responsibilities

The Winning Schools will be responsible for the Trophies from the time it is presented until it is relinquished. He shall also ensure that the Trophy is returned to the ISGA in readiness for the following year’s event.

Rules as per the Royal and Ancient

Local rules will be supplied on the day of the competition

The Scottish Open is a qualifying event for handicap purposes under the sanction of the England Golf, Scottish Golf Union and Scottish Ladies

8. 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

9 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. All efforts will be made to either reschedule the event or offer a reduced green fee at the venue for a later date.

10. 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.

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