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RULES & CONDITIONS

These Rules and Conditions are effective from 1st January 2017

Part I - General Rules Applying to All Competitions

Section 1 - General

These general rules apply to the following Hertfordshire Golf Union (HGU) competitions:


Men

Colts

Junior

Senior

Team


1.1 The Rules, Appendices and Decisions referenced in these rules are those to be found in the current Rules of Golf and Decisions on the Rules of Golf published by R&A Rules Limited.

1.2 All competitions shall be played in accordance with the current Rules of Golf and of Amateur Status as laid down by R&A Rules Limited, the EnglandGolf hardcard and such Local Rules as shall be agreed by the HGU Championship Committee.  In the event that the EnglandGolf hardcard is in conflict with the Conditions of Competition (CoC) then the CoC shall take precedence.

1.3 Unless otherwise indicated all competitions are scratch competitions and the winners of stroke play events are those with the lowest gross scores. Handicap allowances in accordance with the current CONGU Unified Handicapping System shall apply to any competition or prizes based on net scores.

1.4 All stroke play competitions played under medal play conditions will be qualifying competitions for handicap purposes and the terms and conditions of the current CONGU Unified Handicapping System shall apply.

1.5 All competitors must have a COMPETITION handicap as defined by the CONGU

http://www.englandgolf.org/e-brochure/index.html

1.6 All e-mail correspondence must be directed to the County Secretary

secretary@hertsgolfunion.com

and must include a "read receipt" request as proof that it has been received.


Section 2 - Entry Qualifications

Entrants must:

  • be of male gender (except where otherwise stated in Part III - Rules and Conditions applying to Specific Competitions)
  • be a member of a golf club affiliated to the HGU, or have been born in the County and be a member of a Member Club of another County Union or of an Artisan Club affiliated to it
  • hold a competition CONGU Handicap
  • from the date of applying to enter until the closure of the competition be of Amateur Status as defined by R&A Rules Limited
  • meet such other requirements as may be stipulated in the Conditions for the applicable competition in Part III - Rules and Conditions Applying to Specific Competitions.
  • The entrant's home club must have signed up to the Central Database of Handicaps

Entrants must not:

  • have represented any other County or have taken part in any County level competition organised by another County in the current year.


Section 3 - Entry Requirements

3.1 Applications must be in writing (e-mail is acceptable subject to clause 1.6 above) and give all the information requested. 

Applications other than those for team competitions must be signed by the entrant or by the Secretary of the entrant's golf club or such other officer of the club as the County Secretary shall approve and be accompanied by the specified entry fee unless a special arrangement has been agreed with the County Secretary to accept payment by electronic transfer or by invoice.

Late entries will be allowed into the draw under the following conditions:

  • If there is a free space in the draw
  • All reserves have been used up
  • The player has filled in an entry form and paid.


Section 4 - Competitor Information

A competitor shall be required to provide the County Secretary with:

  • his full name and his CDH Identity Number;
  • exact handicap at the time of entry
  • his age at the preceding 1st January (if the conditions of competition impose an age limit )
  • his exact age on the date of the event if taking part in a seniors event
  • such other information as the Championship Committee may require.

The HGU reserves the right to hold information supplied by a player or by his club on his behalf on any media it shall decide for the purpose of assisting in the administration of the competition and the HGU.


Section 5 - Ballots

5.1 Unless the rules of a competition state otherwise the following procedure shall be adopted if the number of approved entries for a stroke play competition exceeds the number of places available:

If the competitor, or team, who last won the competition, has submitted an approved entry that competitor or team shall have an automatic place.

Balloting out those entrants with the highest exact handicaps shall fill all remaining places. Drawing of lots will decide where more than one entrant has the same exact handicap.

An appropriate number of those entrants balloted out shall be placed on a reserve list to fill any vacancies that may occur.


Section 6 - Withdrawn Entries

6.1 An entrant who has made an application to enter a competition and wishes to withdraw must inform the HGU in writing (e-mail is acceptable subject to clause 1.6 above). 

6.2 Entry fees will be refunded if notification in writing is received before the closing date for entries.

After the closing date for entries, entry fees will be refunded to those entrants balloted out of the competition, who do not subsequently fill a vacancy.

6.3 A competitor who has been allotted a place in a competition and subsequently withdraws must inform the HGU as soon as possible and must confirm the withdrawal in writing (e-mail is acceptable subject to clause 1.6 above).

Only in exceptional circumstances will a refund of the entrance fee be granted, if any player withdraws after the draw has been published.

6.4 If a competitor who has been allotted a place in a competition either:

i) fails to meet the requirements of 6.3 above, or

ii) withdraws after the draw has been published, or

iii) withdraws at any time during a stroke play competition, or

iv) fails to show at the tee for his scheduled start for any round of a stroke play competition,

the Championship Committee may bar him from entry to such future competitions, as it deems appropriate.

A player who withdraws during a competition will be classed as a No Return.

A player who withdraws in the first round of a 36-hole competition will be classed as a No Return in round 1, and a No Show in round 2.

Sympathetic consideration may, in extreme circumstances, be given to players who have had to discontinue play for any cause considered to be exceptional by the organising Committee. 

Those reasons must be conveyed to the County Secretary immediately during an event.


Section 7 - Presentations

The Committee in charge of a competition will announce the results as soon as possible after all the scores are reported and present awards and prizes as soon as is practicable thereafter.

On the last or only day of a stroke play competition competitors are requested to bring with them a change of clothing including jacket shirt and tie into which to change after they have completed their round.

In a demonstration of good sportsmanship competitors are requested to remain at the venue for the announcement of results and the presentations.

The Championship Committee reserves the right not to make a presentation to a competitor who is inappropriately dressed or to withhold a material prize if a competitor has chosen not to be present to receive it. 

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Part II - Conditions of Play Applying to All Competitions

Section 1 - The Committee

On any day of a competition, the Committee in charge of the competition shall be the HGU Championship Committee or a representative number thereof.

The Chairman of the Committee in charge of the competition shall be the Chairman of the Championship Committee or such other person as he shall authorise to deputise for him in his absence. A quorum shall be three. 

The decision of the Committee shall be final.

Section 2 - The Stipulated Round

2.1 The HGU Championship Committee shall decide the course at which a competition shall be played

2.2 Play shall where possible be from the Championship or Medal tees unless the HGU Championship Committee shall decide otherwise

2.3 A stipulated round may start at such hole or holes as the Committee shall decide.

Section 3 - Starting Times

The Committee reserves the right to fix and where necessary alter starting times.

Players are required to be at their starting point ten (10) minutes before their start time to allow for briefing from the Referee in match play or Starter in stroke play. For a player who arrives at his starting point ready to play, within five minutes after his starting time, the penalty for failure to start on time is loss of the first hole in match play or two strokes at the first hole in stroke play. Otherwise the penalty for breach of Rule 6-3 is disqualification.

Order of Play - For the stroke play competitions, as far as is practical, competitors shall be drawn to play with the lowest handicaps in the middle of the draw, in groups of three, with no playing group comprising two competitors from the same club.

Section 4 - Equipment

See Hard Card - Conditions of Competition 2.

Section 5 - Caddies

See Hard Card - Conditions of Competition 3.

Section 6 - Practice

See Hard Card - Conditions of Competition 4.

Section 8 - Pace of Play

See Hard Card - Conditions of Competition 5.

Section 9 - Performance Enhancing Drugs

A player shall not knowingly make use of any drug to enhance his performance. Attention is drawn to the list of prohibited drugs issued by UK Sport. A player infringing this condition or, if asked to do so, refusing to take a test, may be disqualified. For a list of banned drugs see http://www.uksport.gov.uk/pages/drug-free-sport

Section 10 - Markers

10.1 A competitor's scores shall be recorded by a fellow-competitor in the same playing group. Caddies may not act as markers.

10.2 A competitor may not act as marker to more than one fellow-competitor.

10.3 A marker must record the scores of only one fellow-competitor or side on a scorecard and his own check scores.

10.4 A competitor whose scores are recorded in breach of 10.1 or 10.2 of these Conditions may be disqualified.

Section 11 - Conduct

11.1 Players and their caddies must ensure that their dress does not breach the dress code of the host club. If shorts are worn then they must be tailored and they must be worn with predominantly white socks that are at least ankle length.

11.2 Players and their caddies are required to conduct themselves in accordance with the Rules of Etiquette. The Committee will not tolerate anti-social behaviour. The Committee may disqualify a player if it considers he has been in serious breach of the Rules of Etiquette or in the case of a breach by a caddie may require him to leave the course.

11.3 Any mobile telephone carried must be switched off and may not be used during play of the stipulated round other than to assist in responding to an emergency on the course or to contact the Committee. A player in breach of this Condition may be disqualified.

11.4 The use of any form of music player or media device during play is prohibited. A player in breach of this Condition may be disqualified.

Section 12 - Transportation

12.1 Players and their caddies shall walk at all times during a stipulated round unless permission to ride had been granted by the Championship Committee prior to the start of the competition. The penalty for breach of this Condition is disqualification. Exception: A player may accept a ride offered by a member of the Committee when proceeding under Rule 20-5.

12.2 The Championship Committee will consider a request to ride from a player (but not from a caddie) who has a disability which prevents him walking the course provided the request is made in writing no later than the date the player applies to enter the competition and provided that the player meets the definition of disabled as set out in section 6 of the Equality Act 2010. Should permission be granted by the Championship Committee, the player will normally be restricted to using a single-seater ride-on golf cart.

12.3 Where the host club has two-seater golf carts for hire these are normally all reserved for use by Championship officials. If a player is permitted to ride under Condition 12.2 above and uses a two- seater golf cart, only the player his equipment and his caddie may be carried by the golf cart. If another player his equipment or caddie is carried by the golf cart the player will be in breach of Condition 12.1 above.

Section 13 - Distance-Measuring Devices (Rule 14-3 and Appendix IV, page 181 )

In all competitions organised by the HGU, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. elevation changes, wind-speed, etc.) the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.

A multi-functional device, such as a smartphone or PDA, may be used as a distance-measuring device but it must not be used to gauge or measure other conditions where doing so would be a breach of Rule 14-3.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF 13: Match Play – Loss of hole; Stroke Play – Two strokes. For subsequent offence: Disqualification

Note: This Local Rule applies to team captains in both stroke play and match play championships. If a team captain uses a device in breach of this Local Rule, any information sought and received by a player from that team captain or given by that team captain and willingly received by a player, will result in the player incurring the applicable penalty under this Local Rule.

Unless otherwise specified above or the breach is covered by a Rule of Golf,

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF A LOCAL RULE:  Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes 

Section 14 - Adverse Weather Conditions

14.1 In the event of adverse weather conditions or a dangerous situation arising during a stroke play competition, the senior member of the Championship Panel of Rules Officials present shall be responsible for any suspension and resumption of play. 

14.2 If in the opinion of the Committee it becomes impossible to complete an event in accordance with the Conditions thereof because of adverse weather or playing conditions the Committee shall be empowered to vary such Conditions to the extent necessary to achieve a result.

Section 15 - Submission of Results

15.1 The Committee shall establish a manned Recorder's Area to which all results shall be reported. Where necessary it shall provide adequate signage to assist players to return their results and score cards to that point.

15.2 Where a match has been accompanied by a Referee, he shall report the result direct to the Recorder. Otherwise both sides must report together to the Recorder's Area immediately on completion of their match and report the result. Any outstanding claim should be resolved before the sides leave the Recorder's Area.

15.3 In a stroke play competition, ALL  competitors within a group MUST report to the Recorder's Area TOGETHER   IMMEDIATELY  on completion of the last hole. At the Recorder's Area scorecards will be checked and signed. Competitors must report any play of a second ball under Rule 3-3 or any ball played from a wrong place under Rule 20-7 and settle any doubtful points. Once a competitor has left the Recorder's Area, his scorecard is deemed to have been returned.

15.4 A competitor who fails to return his scorecard to the Recorder's Area within twenty minutes of leaving the last putting green may be disqualified.

15.5 If the Recorder's Area is not being manned by a member of the Championship Panel of Rules Officials where possible one should be summoned to resolve any matters relating to the Rules of Golf.

Section 16 - Resolution of Ties

Unless the Conditions of a particular competition state otherwise ties shall be resolved in the following manner:

16.1 In match play if a match is all square after eighteen holes, additional holes shall be played until one side wins a hole. The play of additional holes shall start at the hole where the match started.

16.2 If there is a tie for winner of a scratch stroke play Championship, the competitors with the joint lowest scores shall play in a play-off over holes selected by the Committee in a stipulated order until one competitor scores less at a hole than his fellow-competitor(s).

16.3 The Committee shall determine the holes to be played in a stroke play play-off before commencement of play of the final round.

16.4 The groupings for a play-off and the order of play shall be decided by lot by the Committee.

16.5 If there is a tie for a place (second, third, etc) of a scratch stroke play event for which an award is to be made, the tie shall be resolved by the matching of score cards as described in Condition 16.7 below.

16.6 If there is a tie for the winner or places of a handicap stroke play event or award, the winner and places shall be determined by the matching of score cards as described in Condition 16.7 below.

16.7 In the matching of scorecards, where a competition is over more than one round, the competitor with the lowest score for the last round shall be the winner. If the tying competitors have the same scores for the last or only round, the winner shall be determined on the basis of the last 9 holes, then the last 6 then the last 3 and finally on the last hole. For a scratch event the gross scores shall be matched: for a handicap event the net scores shall be matched by deducting the appropriate portion of the competitor's playing handicap, without rounding, from his total gross score for the holes being matched. For example, when matching the last nine holes, half of the competitor's handicap is deducted, if matching the last six holes, one-third of the competitor's handicap is deducted, and so on. In a multiple tee start, the last nine holes shall be deemed to be holes 10-18 and the last six holes, holes 13-18 irrespective of the hole at which a competitor started.

16.8 If the method described in Condition 16.7 above does not decide a winner or a place then the result will be decided on the last 6, 3 or 1 holes of the first 9 holes of the last or only round 

16.9 If the method described in Condition 16.8 above does not decide a winner or a place then joint winners or places shall be announced and each competitor rewarded in equal measure.

Section 17 - The Closure of Competition

17.1 For the purposes of Rule 2-5 a match is deemed to have been officially announced once the result of the match has been recorded on an open results sheet and that sheet has been publicly displayed, or the winner has teed off at the start of the next round, or at the commencement of a presentation ceremony, whichever occurs first. Where matches are played individually at various courses, a match is deemed to have been officially announced once the result of the match has been communicated or despatched to the County Secretary.

17.2 For the purposes of Rule 34-1b a stroke play competition is deemed to be closed at the commencement of a presentation ceremony or, for a stroke play qualifying round followed by match play, when the player has teed off in his first match.

Section 18 - Prizes

18.1 The Championship Committee and the Secretary will decide the values of prizes in all competitions.

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Part III - Rules and Conditions Applying to Specific Competitions

Section 1 - County Championship

1.1 Qualifications

a. Entrants must hold a handicap of 5.4 or lower on the date their entry for the Championship is submitted.

1.2 Maximum Entry

a. The maximum number of competitors shall be 66. 

b. 50 competitors will be granted automatic entry into the County Championship. These will be the current holders of the Colts, Boys, Seniors and Mid-Age Championships, the quarter finalists from the previous year (as detailed in 1.5.d below) who have entered the current year's Championship, plus as many of the entrants with the lowest exact handicaps as are required to make up the 50 competitors.

c. The 66 players with the next lowest handicaps will gain entry into the Hertfordshire Salver 

d. The remaining 16 places for the County Championship will be allocated to the 16 players with the best gross scores achieved at the Hertfordshire Salver (See section 2 below)

1.3 Conditions of Play

a. The County Championship is a three day event comprising 36 holes stroke play on the first day, with the sixteen players returning the lowest aggregate gross scores qualifying to enter the match play knock out stage played over the second and third days. In the event of a tie for the last place(s) the final entrant(s) for the match play stage shall be decided by play-off  (See Part II - Conditions of Play applying to all Competitions - Section 16.2)

b. The sixteen qualifying players shall play off in singles match play over 18 holes on the morning of the second day. The winning eight players shall play off in singles match play over 18 holes on the afternoon of the second day. The winning four players shall play off in singles match play over 18 holes on the morning of the third day. The two finalists shall play off in singles match play over 18 holes on the afternoon of the third day.

1.4 Order of Play

a. For the match play stage of the Championship the General Numerical Draw procedure recommended in Appendix I Part C-12 shall be used.

1.5 Prizes 

a. The winner shall receive the trophy, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento.

b. He will be expected to accept the invitation of England Golf to represent Hertfordshire in the EG County Champions' Tournament of the same year.

c. The runner-up and semi-finalists shall receive vouchers.

d. The competitors who reach the quarter finals stage will be granted automatic exemption into the following years stroke play event.

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Section 2 - Hertfordshire Salver

2.1 Qualifications

a. Entrants must hold a handicap of 5.4 or lower on the date their entry for the Championship is submitted.

2.2 Maximum Entry

a. The maximum number of competitors shall be 72. 

b. After exempt and lowest handicap players (totalling 50 players) have been removed for automatic entry to the County Championship, the 72 next lowest exact handicaps will be granted entry to this competition. 

2.3 Conditions of Play

a. The Hertfordshire Salver is an 18 hole stroke play competition. 

b. The winner shall be the player with the lowest gross score for 18 holes.

c. The sixteen players with the lowest gross scores for 18 holes shall qualify for the County Championship.

d. In the event of a tie for the winner there will be a "sudden death" play-off over holes determined by the Committee (See Part II - Conditions of Play applying to all Competitions - Section 16.2)

e. In the event of a tie for the remaining place(s) for the County Championship, the places shall be decided by card count-back 

f. The players who finish outside the top 16 will form a reserve list for the County Championship to maintain an entry of 66 for that competition.

g. The order of the reserve list will be determined by the gross scores achieved with the order of equal gross scores being decided on card count-back and/or lot.

2.4 Prizes 

a. The winner shall receive the trophy, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento. 

b. The runner-up and 3rd place shall receive vouchers.

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Section 3 - Hertfordshire Colts Championship

3.1 Qualifications

a. Entrants must be under the age of 26 at 00:00 hours on 1st January preceding the Championship and

b. must hold a handicap of 9.4 or lower on the date their entry for the Championship is submitted. 

3.2 Maximum Entry

a. The maximum number of competitors shall be 66

3.3 Conditions of Play

a. The Championship shall comprise a 36 hole stroke play competition.

b. The winner shall be the player with the lowest aggregate gross score for 36 holes.

c. In the event of a tie the winner will be decided by play-off (See Part II - Conditions of Play applying to all Competitions - Section 16.2)

3.4 Prizes 

a. The winner shall receive the trophy, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento. 

b. The runner-up and 3rd place shall receive vouchers. 

c. The highest placed player on the day under the age of 21 at 00:00 on 1st January preceding the Championship will be entered by the HGU into the Prince of Wales Championship, held at Woburn, later that year, if available. 

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Section 4 - Hertfordshire Boys' Championship incorporating the Hertfordshire Boys' Team Championship and Malcolm Reid Trophy

4.1 Qualifications

a. Entrants must be under the age of 18 at 00:00 hours on 1st January preceding the Championship and 

b. Must hold a handicap of 12.4 or lower on the date their entry for the Championship is submitted.

c. Each club affiliated to the HGU may enter one team of two or three players who must be nominated before the start of the Championship.

4.2 Maximum Entry

a. The maximum number of competitors shall be 66.

4.3 Conditions of Play

a. The Championship shall comprise a 36 hole stroke play competition. 

b. Caddies are permitted but must be under the age of 18 on 1st January preceding the Championship.

c. Parents, relatives, friends or professionals must obey the rules of Section V - Parents & Spectators - Code of Conduct.

1. Boys' Championship

a. The winner shall be the player with the lowest aggregate gross score for 36 holes. 

b. In the event of a tie the winner will be decided by play-off. (See Part II - Conditions of Play applying to all Competitions - Section 16.2).

2. Malcolm Reid Trophy

a. The winner shall be the Under 16 age player with the lowest aggregate gross score for 36 holes 

b. In the event of a tie the winner will be decided by card count-back.

3. Team Championship

a. The winning team shall be the team with the lowest aggregate gross score for the 2 best from 3 scores of each of the morning and afternoon rounds.

b. In the event of a tie the third gross score will be taken and any 2 player teams eliminated.

c. If a tie still arises the winning team will be the Club with the lowest aggregate gross score of the 3 players over the last 18, 9, 6, 3 and final hole. 

4.4 Prizes 

a. The individual winner shall receive the Berkhamsted Challenge Trophy, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento. He will also be expected to represent the HGU in the EG Junior Champion of Champions' Tournament of the same year.

b. The Under 16 age group boy shall receive the Malcolm Reid Challenge Trophy, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento.

c. The Runners-Up in both the under 18 and the under 16 age categories shall receive a voucher each.

d. The winning team shall receive the Inter-club Championship flag (presented by Porters Park), which they shall hold for one year, and a voucher each.

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Section 5 - Hertfordshire Seniors Championship

5.1 Qualifications

a. Entrants must have attained the age of 55 years before the first day of the Championship and 

b. must hold a handicap of 12.4 or lower on the date their entry for the Championship is submitted.

5.2 Maximum Entry

a. The maximum number of competitors taking part on Day 1 shall be 72. 

5.3 Conditions of Play

a. The Championship shall comprise a 36 hole gross and nett stroke play competition.

b. The Championship winner shall be the player with the lowest aggregate gross score for 36 holes

c. In the event of a tie for the Championship the winner shall be decided by play-off 

d. The nett competition winner shall be the player with the lowest aggregate nett score for 36 holes.

e. In the event of a tie for the nett competition the winner shall be decided by card count-back.

f. The event shall be played over 2 consecutive days. 

g. After completion of Round 1 there shall be a cut to determine the field to take part in Round 2. The lowest 30 scores + ties from the Gross leaderboard will qualify,as well as all players within 8 shots of the gross lead after Round 1 outside the lowest 30 + ties. 

5.4 Prizes 

a. The Championship winner shall receive the trophy, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento. He will also be expected to represent the HGU in the EG Senior Champion of Champions' Tournament of the same year.  

b. The runner-up shall receive a voucher.

c. The winner of the nett competition shall receive the trophy, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento 

d. No player may win more than one prize.

e. Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the Championship Committee.

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Section 6 - Hertfordshire Champion Club Championship

6.1 Qualifications

Each golf club affiliated to the HGU (including Artisans Clubs) may enter one team of three players (no handicap limit) each of whom must:

1.   be a current member of the club they are representing

2. have that club as their home club for handicapping purposes

3. be  nominated prior to the event.

6.2 Maximum Entry

a. The number of teams that take part in the Final each year is decided by the Championship Committee and is determined by whether the hosts and/or holders are exempt from qualification. The minimum number of teams in the Final is 22 and the maximum number of teams would be 24. 

b. If more than the maximum number of teams enters the Championship then the following clubs will gain automatic entry to the Final:

    i.  Host club and last year's Champion Club

    ii. Clubs in the top two divisions of this year's Scratch League.

c. The non-exempt Clubs will play off in one of two semi-Final events.

    i.  The clubs will be allocated alternately to the semi-Finals, dependent on their position in last year's scratch league.

    ii.  Clubs entering, who were not in last year's scratch league, will be allocated alternately to the semi-Finals in order of receipt of  application

6.3 Conditions of Play

a. The winning Club in both the semi-Final and the Final will be the Club with the lowest aggregate gross score of all 3 players over the 18 holes in the former and 36 holes in the latter. 

b. In the event of a tie for the winning score in the Final, the winning team will be the Club with the lowest aggregate gross score of the 3 players over the last 18, 9, 6, 3 and final hole. In the event of a tie for the qualifying score in the Semi Final, the same procedure will apply.

c. Should there still be a tie then, in the Final, the same procedure for the first 18 holes will apply.  In the semi-Final, the Senior Rules Official on the day will toss a coin to decide the qualifier(s).

d. A maximum of 4 teams from each semi-Final will qualify for the Final.

6.4 Prizes 

a. The winning team shall receive the trophy, which they shall hold for one year, and a memento each. 

b. The winning club will be expected to accept the invitation of England Golf to represent Hertfordshire in the EG Champion Club Tournament of the same year. The HGU will make a contribution towards the expenses incurred by the winning club in attending the EG Champion Club Tournament.

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Section 7 - Hertfordshire Junior Champion Club

7.1 Qualifications

a. Each golf club affiliated to the HGU may enter one team of three players made up of boys and/or girls, (maximum playing handicap - 28 for boys, 36 for girls) each of whom must:

1.  be a current member of the club they are representing

2. have that club as their home club for handicapping purposes

3. be nominated prior to the event.

b. Each entrant must be under 18 years of age at 00:00 hours on 1st January preceding the Championship

7.2 Maximum Entry

a. 24 teams. 

b. If more than the maximum number of teams enters the championship, then the holders of the trophy and the host club will gain automatic entry, with a ballot for the remaining places based on date of entry, with the earlier entrants given preference. 

7.3 Conditions of Play

a. The winning Club will be the Club with the highest nett stableford score of 2 players out of 3 over the 18 holes. 

b. In the event of a tie the third stableford score for the round will be taken. 

c. If a tie still arises the result shall be decided on the highest nett stableford scores of the three players over the last 9 ,6, 3 and final hole. 

d. Caddies are permitted but must be under the age of 18 on 1st January preceding the Championship

e. Parents, relatives, friends or professionals must obey the rules of Section V - Parents & Spectators - Code of Conduct 

7.4 Prizes 

a. The winning team shall receive the trophy, which they shall hold for one year and a memento each. 

b. The winning club will be expected to accept the invitation of England Golf to represent Hertfordshire in the EG Junior Champion Club Tournament of the same year. The HGU will make a contribution towards the expenses incurred by the winning club in attending the EG Junior Champion Club Tournament

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Section 8 - Hertfordshire Senior Champion Club

8.1 Qualifications

a. Each golf club affiliated to the HGU may enter one team of three players (no handicap limit) each of whom must:

1.  be a current member of the club they are representing

2. have that club as their home club for handicapping purposes

3. be nominated prior to the event.

b. Players must have attained the age of 55 years by the first day of the Championship 

8.2 Maximum Entry

a. 24 teams. 

b. If more than the maximum number of teams enters the Championship, then the holders of the trophy and the host team will gain automatic entry, with a ballot for the remaining place, with teams having the lowest combined handicap given preference. 

8.3 Conditions of Play

a. The winning Club will be the team with the lowest aggregate gross score of  all 3  players over 18 holes. 

b. In the event of a tie the winning team will be the Club with the lowest aggregate gross score of the 3 players over the last 9, 6, 3 and final hole. 

8.4 Prizes 

a. The winning team shall receive the Bailey Bowl, which they shall hold for one year, and a memento each. 

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Section 9 - Foursomes Championship, incorporating the Inter Club Team Foursomes

9.1 Qualifications

a. Each golf club affiliated to the HGU may enter a team of two pairs - A & B (maximum combined handicap 16 for each pair) who must be nominated prior to the event.

9.2 Maximum Entry

a. 66 pairs. 

b. If more than the maximum number of pairs enter the Championship then the holders of the trophy and the host club will gain automatic entry, with a ballot for the remaining places, with pairs having the lowest combined handicap given preference.

9.3 Conditions of Play

a. The Championship shall be 36 hole stroke play.

b. The winner of the Championship shall be the pair with the lowest aggregate gross score.

c. The winners of the Team Championship shall be the club with the lowest aggregate gross score of the 2 pairs

d. In the event of a tie the winner will be decided by play-off (See Part II - Conditions of Play applying to all Competitions - Section 16.2)

e. In the event of a tie for the Team Championship the winners will be decided by card count-back.

9.4 Prizes 

a. The winning pair shall receive the trophy, which they shall hold for one year, and a memento each.

b. The winning team shall receive the Peggy Harkett Trophy, which they shall hold for one year, and a memento each. 

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Section 10 - Peggy De Podesta Trophy (Junior Inter Club Foursomes)

10.1 Qualifications

a. All players must be under 18 at 00:00 hours on the 1st January preceding the competition.

b. Each golf club affiliated to the HGU may enter a maximum of two teams.

c. Each team will consist of two pairs, who may be boys, girls or mixed.

d. If the event is under subscribed then individual pairs may be entered. 

10.2 Maximum Entry

a. 66 pairs. 

b. If more than the maximum number of pairs enters the Championship then the holders and the host club will gain automatic entry, with a ballot on the remaining entrants based on lowest aggregate handicap. 

10.3 Conditions of Play

a. The Championship shall be 36 hole Stableford.

b. Caddies are permitted but must be under the age of 18 on 1st January preceding the Championship

c. Parents, relatives, friends or professionals must obey the rules of Section V - Parents & Spectators - Code of Conduct

d. The winner of the Tournament shall be the team with the highest aggregate nett Stableford score.

e. In the event of a tie the winner shall be decided by card count-back except that the team with the highest nett Stableford score (rather than the lowest medal score) shall be the winner. 

10.4 Prizes 

a. The winning Club shall receive the Peggy de Podesta trophy, which they shall hold for one year, and a memento each.

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Section 11 - Seniors Challenge Trophy

11.1 Qualifications

a. Entrants must have attained the age of 55 years before the first day of the Championship

b. Entrants must be a member of a club affiliated to the HGU. 

11.2 Maximum Entry

a. The maximum number of competitors shall be 72. 

b. If more than the maximum number of entries are received then the lower ages will be eliminated, by ballot if necessary. 

c. Competitors with handicaps of 5.4 and under are not eligible to enter this event. 

11.3 Conditions of Play

a. The Championship shall be 18 hole handicap Stableford. 

b. There is no handicap restriction for entry, but a maximum playing handicap of 28 will be allowed.

c. The winner shall be the competitor with the highest nett Stableford score for the 18 holes.

d. In the event of a tie the winner shall be decided by card count-back except that the player with the highest nett Stableford score (rather than the lowest medal score) shall be the winner

e. Rule 12, Transportation, is waived for this event. A player may use a buggy if he wishes, providing buggies are permitted by the host club. It is the player's reponsibility to check that the host club does permit buggy use. A player is responsible for providing his own buggy or for hiring one from the host club at his own expense. A player's use of a buggy is entirely at his own risk.

11.4 Prizes 

a. The winner shall receive the trophy, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento.

b. The runner-up and third best scores will receive vouchers.

c. Prizes will also be awarded to the winner in the following categories: aged 65 and over, and aged 75 and over. 

d. No player may win more than one prize

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Section 12 - Herts Team Cup

12.1 Qualifications

a. This is a knock-out competition open to all men's clubs affiliated to the HGU. Each club may enter one team, comprising of 8 players, of which the composition may change from fixture to fixture. 

b. All competitors must be male, amatuer golfers who are paid up members of the HGU, with their Home Club in Hertfordshire. Competitors belonging to more than one club in Hertfordshire may only play for one club (not necessarily their home club) during any season. 

12.2 Conditions of Play

a. Each Fixture will comprise of 4 matches: 

Match A: a fourball betterball match in which all 4 players have Category 2 handicaps. 

Match B: a fourball betterball match in which all 4 players have Category 2 handicaps. 

Match C: a fourballl betterball match in which all 4 players have Category 3 handicaps. 

Match D: a fourball betterball match in which all 4 players have Category 3 handicaps. 

b. A player will be eligible to compete in any given match if he has a handicap in the relevant Category on the date of the fixture, or has had a handicap in that Category in the preceding 14 days. 

c. Each match will be played off handicap, with an allowance of 90% of the difference between the player's handicap and the lowest handicap in that match. 

d. All matches are to be played over 18 holes in accordance with the Rules of Golf. 

e. All fixtures must be played on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays. 

f. The away team must be given courtesy of the course to play the fixture. The HGU hopes that the home club will provide appropriate refreshment for both teams after the matches are completed. 

g. The Competition Organiser will notify the clubs of the draw for each round of the competition and the date by which the fixture should be completed. Each club must designate a Team Organiser. The home Team Organiser must notify the HGU of the agreed date of the fixture. The winning Team Organiser must notify the HGU of the result of the fixture. 

h. One point is awarded to the winners of each match. Half a point is awarded to both teams if a match is all square after 18 holes. The team scoring more points from the 4 matches shall win the fixture and will progress to the next round of the competition, with the losing team eliminated from the competition. 

i. If the final score is 2-2, the fixture shall be awarded to the Away team, with the exeception of the Semi Finals and Final, which shall be decided in favour of the team with the greater total of holes up after 18 holes from the aggregate of all 4 matches.

j. The Semi Finals and Final matches shall be played on a neutral venue. 

k. Once a date is agreed, it may only be changed by agreement of both clubs or if the course is deemed unplayable. In the event of bad weather, every effort should be made to complete the whole fixture on the arranged date. A match can only be abandoned if the home club closes the course or if the two Team Organisers (Captains) agree that the course has become unplayable. In this instance a reasonable amount of time should be allowed for conditions to improve. 

l. Any dispute should be referred to the Competition Organiser, whose decision shall be final. 

m. In accordance with the Note to Rule 8 in the Rules of Golf, in any match a team may appoint one person who is permitted to give advice to members of the team (in addition to those from whom advice may be asked under that rule). That person may be the 'Team Captain' (whether playing or non-playing) or a 'Team Manager', but must not be a Professional Golfer and must keep off all putting greens. A playing Team Captain may only give advice to team mates (other than his partner) once his own game has concluded. 

n. A player may use a caddie, provided he has only one caddie at any one time. That caddie must not be a Professional golfer. A player whose own game has concluded may then caddie for a team mate. 

o. A player may only use a buggy in accordance with Section 12 - Transportation of the HGU Conditions of Play applying to all Competitions. 

p. In accordance with Section 13 of the HGU Conditions of Competition, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. 

12.3 Prizes 

a. The winning club shall receive the team trophy, which they shall hold for one year, and a memento for each player. 

b. The runners-up will each receive a memento each.

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Section 13 - Hertfordshire Boys Under 16 Championship

13.1 Qualifications

Entrants must be under the age of 16 at 0:00 hours on 1st January preceding the Championship

13.2 Maximum Entry

a. The maximum number of competitors shall be 72.

b. Provided that there are enough entries then there will be a minimum of 22 entrants for each age category

13.3 Conditions of Play

a. The Championship shall be 18 hole stroke play.

b. There is no handicap restriction for entry, but a maximum playing handicap of 28 will be allowed.

c. Caddies are not permitted. 

d. Parents, relatives, friends or professionals must obey the rules of Section V - Parents & Spectators Code of Conduct

e. The winners shall be the competitors with the lowest gross score for the 18 holes.

f. In the event of a tie for the Championship the winner will be decided by play-off 

g. In the event of a tie for any of the age group competitions the winner will be decided by card count-back 

13.4 Prizes 

a. The boy of any age with the lowest gross score over 18 holes shall be the Championship winner and shall receive the Gil Jones Cup, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento.

b. The boy aged 15 as of the 1st January preceding the Championship with the lowest gross score over 18 holes shall receive the Duke Cup, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento.

c. The boy aged 14 as of the 1st January preceding the Championship with the lowest gross score over 18 holes shall receive the James Cup, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento.

d. The boy aged 13 or less as of the 1st January preceding the Championship with the lowest gross score over 18 holes shall receive the Harkett Cup, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento.

e. The players with the best handicap scores in each of the three age groups listed above shall receive a voucher each.

f. No player may win more than 1 prize 

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Section 14. Mid-Age Championship

14.1 Qualifications

a. Entrants must have attained the age of 35 years before the first day of the Championship and 

b. must hold a handicap of 12.4 or lower on the date their entry for the Championship is submitted.

14.2 Maximum Entry

a. The maximum number of competitors shall be 66. 

14.3 Conditions of Play

a. The Championship shall comprise a 36 hole gross and nett stroke play competition.

b. The Championship winner shall be the player with the lowest aggregate gross score for 36 holes

c. In the event of a tie for the Championship the winner shall be decided by sudden death play-off 

d. The nett competition winner shall be the player with the lowest aggregate nett score for 36 holes.

e. In the event of a tie for the nett competition the winner shall be decided by card count-back.

14.4 Prizes 

a. The Championship winner shall receive the trophy, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento. 

b. The runner-up shall receive a voucher.

c. The winner of the nett competition shall receive a voucher 

d. No player may win more than one prize.

e. Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the Championship Committee.

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Section 15   Hertfordshire Boys Under 14 Championship

15.1 Qualifications

Entrants must be under the age of 14 at 0:00 hours on 1st January preceding the Championship

15.2 Maximum Entry

a. The maximum number of competitors shall be 72.

b. Provided that there are enough entries then there will be a minimum of 22 entrants for each age category.

15.3 Conditions of Play

a. The Championship shall be 18 hole stroke play.

b. Competitors must have a CONGU club handicap  with no lower limit entry restriction but a maximum playing handicap of 28 will be allowed.

c. Caddies are NOT permitted 

d. Parents, relatives, friends or professionals must obey the rules of Section V - Parents & Spectators Code of Conduct

e. The winners shall be the competitors with the lowest gross score for the 18 holes.

f. In the event of a tie for the Championship, the winner will be decided, if practicable, by a sudden death play-off over the holes to be decided by the Committee

g. In the event of a tie for any of the age group competitions the winner will be decided by card count-back 

15.4 Prizes 

a. The boy of any age with the lowest gross score over 18 holes shall be the  Championship winner and shall receive the Alan Green Trophy, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento.

b. The boy aged 13 as of the 1st January preceding the Championship with the lowest gross score over 18 holes shall receive the Lee Duncan Trophy, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento.

c. The boy aged 12 as of the 1st January preceding the Championship with the lowest gross score over 18 holes shall receive the Tony Pohlman Trophy, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento.

d. The boy aged 11 or less as of the 1st January preceding the Championship with the lowest gross score over 18 holes shall receive the Knight & Day Trophy, which he shall hold for one year, a voucher and a memento.

e. The players with the best handicap scores in each of the three age groups shall receive a voucher.

f. No player may win more than 1 prize 

Section 16 - Members Cup 

16.1 Qualifications

a. This is a knock-out competition open to all men's clubs affiliated to the HGU.

b. Each club may enter one player per event. It is suggested that this player is the winner of the club's major singles knockout competition from the preceding year but, should this player not be available, the club may enter an appropriate alternative. 

c. All competitors must be male, amatuer golfers who are paid up members of the HGU, with their Home Club in Hertfordshire. 

16.2 Conditions of Play

a. The format for each match will be singles matchplay, using full handicap difference.  

b. All matches are to be played over 18 holes in accordance with the Rules of Golf. 

c. Fixtures are to be arranged between the two players, using contact details given at the time of entry. 

d. It is the responsibility of both players to ensure matches are played within the time allowed. If there is difficulty in finding a mutually agreeable date, the Home player should offer the Away player a minimum of 4 dates to play the match, of which at least 2 should be a weekend date. 

e. The away player must be given courtesy of the course to play the fixture. 

f. The Competition Organiser will notify the players of the draw for each round of the competition and the date by which the fixture should be completed. The winning player must notify the Competition Organiser of the result of the fixture as soon as is possible.

g. Should a match finish all square after 18 holes, the fixture shall be decided over sudden death, from the 1st tee, using the full handicap difference. 

h The Final match shall be played on a neutral venue. 

i. Once a date is agreed, it may only be changed by agreement of both players or if the course is deemed unplayable. In the event of bad weather, every effort should be made to complete the whole fixture on the arranged date. A match can only be abandoned if the home club closes the course or if the two players agree that the course has become unplayable. In this instance a reasonable amount of time should be allowed for conditions to improve. 

j. Any dispute should be referred to the Competition Organiser, whose decision shall be final. 

k. A player may use a caddie, provided he has only one caddie at any one time. That caddie must not be a Professional golfer. 

l.. A player may only use a buggy in accordance with Section 12 - Transportation of the HGU Conditions of Play applying to all Competitions. 

m. In accordance with Section 13 of the HGU Conditions of Competition, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. 

n. Once the 1st round draw is published, replacements will not be allowed. 

o. No Extensions for matches to be played will be granted. 

16.3 Prizes 

a. The winning player shall receive the trophy, which they shall hold for one year, a memento and a voucher. 

b. The runner-up will receive a voucher.

Section 17 - Men's Order of Merit (MOOM)

a. The Men's Order of Merit (MOOM) is an annual competition open to competitors who play in qualifying events, who are members of a club affiliated to the Hertfordshire Golf Union (HGU), which is their "HOME" club.

b. A Men's Open of 18 or 36 holes, played under Stroke Play conditions, will qualify for merit points in the MOOM table when run by a Golf Club affiliated to the Hertfordshire County Union. Closed competitions are not accepted.

c. To register a Men's Open as a MOOM qualifying competition, clubs must forward a copy of their conditions of entry qualification sheet to the HGU Secretary for Executive approval. 

d. Points are awarded in the MOOM table in descending value to competitors finishing in the top 20 places - shared positions in all competitions will be awarded full points. Competitors from clubs outside the county who occupy merit point position places will be retained in the competition results sheet, as qualifying competitors do not improve their position placing for that competition.

e. The stroke play section of the County Championship will have all points multiplied by 3 (e.g. Winner gains 60 points and 20th place and ties obtain 3 points).

f. 36 hole Open competitions will have all points multiplied by 2 (e.g. Winner obtains 40 points, 2nd place obtains 38 points etc).

g. 18 hole and "restricted" events will have all points multiplied by 1.

h. The current list of Competitions recognised for MOOM points is

1 The County Championship

2 Hertfordshire Salver 

3 Hertfordshire Champion Club

4 Herts Open

5 Berkhamsted Trophy 

6 Brocket Hall, Palmerston Trophy

7 Knebworth Gold & Silver Bowls

8 Moor Park, Hertfordshire Stag 

9 Porters Park, King George V Cup 

10 Sandy Lodge Open 

11 South Herts, Dai Rees Trophy

12 West Herts Open

13 Commemoration Jug, Welwyn Garden City

i. Clubs must return all competitors scores, handicaps, players HOME club, and final order result sheets to the County Secretary within 14 days following the completion of the event. 

j. The winner of the MOOM will be the competitor with the highest number of points from his best five competitions He will be awarded the Clive Harkett Salver, which he will retain for twelve months, plus a memento prize.

k. The Trophy will be presented at the Annual County Dinner.

l. In the event of a tie, the higher number of their best four, three, two, or one positions in all competitions will determine the winner.

m. The HGU County Secretary will maintain a merit table when results are received. This will be posted on the HGU web site - www.hertsgolfunion.com

n. In the event of any disputes the decision of the Championship Chairman will be final.

o. Results should be forwarded either by post to 

The County Secretary 

HGU Office

Chesfield Downs Golf Club

Jack O'Legs Hill

Graveley

Hertfordshire

SG4 7EQ 

Or by e-mail to secretary@hertsgolfunion.com

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Section 18 - Boys Order of Merit (BOOM)

a. The Boys Order of Merit (BOOM) is an annual competition open to boys who play in qualifying events, who are members of a club affiliated to the HGU, which is their "HOME" club.

b. A Junior Open for Boys, of 18 or 36 holes, played under Stroke Play conditions, will qualify for merit points in the BOOM table when run by a Golf Club affiliated to the HGU. Closed competitions are not accepted.

c. To register a Junior Open as a BOOM qualifying competition, clubs must forward a copy of their conditions of entry qualification sheet to the HGU Juniors' Committee, no later than 28 days prior to the event to obtain approval.

d. Points are awarded in both SCRATCH and HANDICAP BOOM table in descending value to competitors finishing in the top 25 places in a 36-hole competition, and top 20 places in an 18-hole competition and in addition, for the SCRATCH BOOM, to the top 40 places in the Hertfordshire Boys County Championship. Points are based on SCRATCH and HANDICAP score final position, (e.g. for Boys Championship - 40 points will be awarded for 1st place down to 1 point for 40th place - shared positions in all competitions will be awarded full points). Boys from clubs outside the county who occupy merit point position places will be retained in the competition results sheet, as qualifying competitors do not improve their position placing for that competition.

e. The Junior Open must have an upper age limit of Under 18 years prior to 1st January of the year of the competition to be accepted but an under 14's or 16's age competition, girls competition, or the like, may be run within the competition. However the final scratch and nett score order must contain the entire field of all competitors to allow BOOM points to be allocated. 

f. Boys must be under 18 years at 00.00 hours on 1 January of the year of the event.

g. Clubs must return all competitors scores, handicaps, players HOME club, and final order result sheets (Scratch & Handicap) to the Boys Order of Merit organiser (C G James) of the HGU Juniors' Committee within 28 days following the completion of the event. 

h. There is no limit as to the number of junior opens competitors may enter in order to receive points in the SCRATCH and HANDICAP merit table.

i. The R & A Rules of Golf shall apply in all Junior Open competitions.

j. Order of Merit tables will operate for approved events staged within the calender year.

k. If a competitor submits a "no return" or is disqualified in any qualifying competition, he will not be eligible for any position place points in the merit table for that competition.

l. The winner of the annual SCRATCH BOOM will be the boy with the six best-combined SCRATCH position points in junior opens plus his Boys County Championship position points. He will be awarded the Hertfordshire Boys Order of Merit Scratch Trophy (N.E. Foster Cup), which he will retain for twelve months, plus a memento prize.

m. The winner of the annual HANDICAP BOOM will be the boy with the six best-combined HANDICAP finishing position points in junior opens. He will be awarded the Hertfordshire Boys Order of Merit Handicap Trophy (C G James Cup), which he will retain for twelve months, plus a memento prize. 

n. Both Trophies will be presented at the HGU AGM. In the event of a tie, the higher number of their best six, then five, four, three, two, or one positions in all competitions will determine the winner.

o. The HGU Juniors' Committee will maintain a SCRATCH and HANDICAP merit table when results are received which will be posted on the HGU web site - www.hertsgolfunion.com

p. In the event of any disputes the decision of the HGU Juniors' Committee will be final.

q. Results should be forwarded either by post to Mr Christopher James, 20 High Street, Whitwell, Hitchin, Herts. SG4 8AG. or via email to boysorderofmerit@hertsgolfunion.com

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Section 19 - Fourball Championship 

19.1 Qualifications

a. Each golf club affiliated to the HGU may enter a maximum of two pairs - A & B. Pair A will be guaranteed entry. Pair B will be accepted unless the total entry exceeds the maximum allowed, in which case Pair B's will be accepted in the order in which they were recieved by the County Office.

19.2 Maximum Entry

a. 48 pairs. 

19.3 Conditions of Play

a. The Championship shall be 18 holes Fourball Better Ball stableford, played using using 90% handicap allowance. 

b. The winner of the Championship shall be the pair with the highest stableford score.

c. In the event of a tie the winner will be decided by card countback.  

d. The maximum handicap will be 28. 

19.4 Prizes 

a. The winning pair shall receive a memento and a prize voucher each. Other prizes will be determined on the size of the field. 

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Part V - Parents and Spectators - Code of Conduct

During competitions parents should not get at all involved with their child or with his game or his playing partner(s) or their game(s) including giving any rulings. 

(If they wish to spectate then it is recommended that they walk ahead of the game and act as "ball spotters" for all players.)

a. Stay at least 25 metres from players at all times during play, and do not encroach onto tees or greens. This guideline may be dispensed with when helping to search for a ball or handing over refreshments but they must be mindful of any discussions with players.

b. Do not converse with players at any time whilst the play is in progress - applause and gentle encouragement are fine though.

c. Show equal respect and appreciation for good shots to all players.

d. Do not make any contact (other than the usual pleasantries) with any of your son's playing partners either before or during the game.

e. Ensure all players including your child are given some 'space' before tee-off to compose their thoughts.

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