2. Competition Entry

In “normal” non-Covid times competition entry is as follows:

2.1. Match Play Competitions

  • Entry sheets for the Mens Singles, Mens Foursomes and Mixed foursomes knockouts are available in the Pro Shop well before the competition draw. Payment is required on entry.

  • Entry sheets for the Ladies Singles and Ladies Foursomes knockouts are posted in the Ladies Locker Room. Payment is required on entry – place your money in an envelope with your name written on it and give to the Ladies Treasurer or post in the safe.

  • The entry sheet for the Seniors Matchplay Trophy is posted on the Seniors Noticeboard. Entry is free to paid up members of the Seniors Section.

  • Knockout competition draw sheets are posted in the locker rooms.

  • Refer to Appendix E for the Club Knockout Competition Rules.

 

2.2. Stroke Play Competitions

Saturday Summer Competitions: Mens & Ladies

  • Enter the draw in the Pro Shop from 7 days before, pay on entry

  • Enter by phone from 6 days before (Sunday)

  • The draw for tee times is made by Thursday at the latest

  • Entry after the draw has been made is allowed on an occasional basis, but this must not be done regularly.

  • Players withdrawing after the draw has been made forfeit their entry fee, unless the competition is cancelled.

  • Players may not withdraw from their allocated tee time and play at an earlier or later time.
    Exception: at the discretion of the Professional, players may have their tee time moved to accommodate the sharing of a buggy, or to maintain balanced groups when other players have withdrawn from the competition.

 

Saturday Winter Team Competitions: Open to all

  • Players generally sign up in groups of 4 at the start of the winter and play in the same group with the same order of starting each week. There are usually spaces available so you can make up with an existing group when they are short. Contact the Pro Shop if you wish to do this.

  • Entry fees are paid the week before. If a group opts not to play due to course or weather conditions, their fees will carry over to the following week.

 

Tuesday Competitions: Ladies

  • Enter in the Pro Shop or by phone from 5 weeks before.

  • Draws for 18 hole competitions are at 9:10, 9:50, 14:00 and 16:30. Draws for 9 hole competitions are at 10:30, 14:20 and 16:50. Competition play is not allowed outside of these draw times.

  • Play is usually in 3 balls for singles competitions with some 2 balls depending on the number of entrants

  • The deadline for entering is 12 noon on the Sunday prior to the competition. Entry is not possible after that time.
    Exception: for some ‘big days’ which require an earlier draw, the entry sheet is posted in the Ladies Locker Room and the deadline for entry will be specified (typically about a week prior to the competition).

  • Pay in the Pro shop on the day of play.

  • Players withdrawing after the draw has been made must notify the Pro Shop and their playing companions.

  • Players may not withdraw from their allocated tee time and play at an earlier or later time.
    Exception: at the discretion of the Professional, players may have their tee time moved to accommodate the sharing of a buggy, or to maintain balanced groups when other players have withdrawn from the competition. This could include players switching from an 18 hole competition to a 9 hole competition, or vice versa.

 

Wednesday Competitions: Seniors

  • Generally enter and pay at the ‘Seniors Desk’ in the clubhouse on the day. Groups are made up in order of arriving. Those playing in the 16 hole competition usually go out before the 9 hole players.

  • For pre-drawn competitions an entry sheet is posted on the Seniors Noticeboard at least a month before the date of the draw.

 

Sunday & Midweek Summer Competitions: Open to all

Enter and pay in the Pro Shop on the day and make up in your own group.

 

Sunday Competitions: Ladies

Enter and pay in the Pro Shop on the day and make up in your own group.

Sunday Competitions: Mixed

Enter on the sheet in the foyer for mixed competitions which are usually pairs (1 man + 1 lady) or team (2 men + 2 ladies). Pay in the Pro Shop on the day.

In order to maximise course availability for members and visitors there must be a minimum field of 3 fourballs entered a week in advance for mixed Sunday competitions to be staged.

 

Friday 9 hole Competitions: Open to all

Contact the Pro Shop in advance to enter these competitions. Pay on the day. Separate mens and ladies prizes, subject to numbers playing. Prize winners are entitled to free entry in the next Friday 9 hole competition that they play in the same year.

2.3.    Time of Starting

  • When a start sheet is in operation, all competitors in singles competitions and at least 1 competitor in team competitions must report to the Pro Shop and must have paid the appropriate entry fee before playing.

  • Competitors must be on the allotted tee and ready to commence play 5 minutes before the allotted starting time. The penalty for breach of this Rule is disqualification except that if a player arrives at the allotted tee ready to play within 5 minutes after the starting time or plays no more than 5 minutes early, the penalty for failure to start on time is loss of two strokes at the first hole (stroke play) or loss of first hole (match play). If the Committee decides that exceptional circumstances prevented the player from starting on time there is no penalty.

  • Where the starting time of a competition is deferred due to closure of the course arising from adverse weather conditions, the time sheet will stand from when the course is opened. Any player who has lost their tee time due to the course closure may play at the next available tee time.

  • Anyone absenting from a pre-drawn competition without having made contact with the Professional and/or their playing partner(s) prior to the competition without good reason, may lose the right to compete in Club Competitions for a specified period, or for more persistent offences, to have their handicap suspended for an appropriate period.

2.4.    Suspension of Play


Due to adverse Course or Weather conditions
Deciding when to suspend play due to adverse course or weather conditions is the responsibility of the Committee. Guidance is provided in the Rules of Golf, Committee Procedures, section 6E.

  • No competitor can make their own decision that the course is unplayable.  They can bring the matter to the attention of the Committee who will carry out an inspection. If the Committee decide the course is unplayable the competition will be suspended.

  • A player that is not able to complete their round when play is resumed after a suspension will have their entry fee refunded.

  • If less than 50% of entrants are able to complete their round the competition will be abandoned and all entry fees will be refunded.

  • A player leaving the course when play has not been suspended by the Committee will be disqualified and will not have their entry fee refunded, unless the competition is subsequently abandoned.

  • When the terms of a competition make scores acceptable for handicap purposes and a player played at least 10 holes prior to the suspension or abandonment of an 18 hole competition (or played all 9 holes of a 9 hole competition), the scores must be submitted for handicap purposes.

  • See section 3.2 for information about suspension of play in single round competitions played over several days.

  • See section 9.4 for information about suspension of play in Seniors competitions.

  • See the MGC Local Rules, section 4, for more information on the bad weather policy and suspensions in play.


Due to Illness, Injury or Other Reason
If a player becomes unwell or injured during the round and cannot continue or has to leave the course for any other reason determined to be valid by the Committee, the player’s score will be excluded from the Competition.

When the terms of a competition make scores acceptable for handicap purposes and a player played at least 10 holes prior to discontinuing play, the scores must be submitted for handicap purposes.

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