Silver League Rules 2017

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1. The creation of this new league is to give those ladies not already playing in the Gold or Bronze Leagues, the opportunity to represent their club in a scratch 4 Ball Better Ball competition. The Team Captains, with this in mind, should give priority to their members not already playing in the above mentioned competitions. This may not always be possible and the league will accept this.
2. There will be two divisions, seven clubs in each. Teams from the following clubs have entered the competition and each will take a two-year turn in administration of its division, in alphabetical rotation. If the administrators club is promoted/relegated before it’s 2 years of office are completed, the next club on the list alphabetically would take over.
Silver League Division 1
Burnham Beeches
Calcot Park
Castle Royle
Easthampstead Ladies
Sand Martins
Silver League Division 2
Bearwood Lakes
Caversham Heath
East Berkshire
Goring & Streatley
Royal Ascot
Winter Hill
4. In the event of one of the above Clubs leaving the League, a vote will be taken by the remaining Captains and Vice Captains as to which Club will be invited to join. Each of the existing Clubs will have two votes. The League Liaison Officer is there to assist with this.
5. Each team will consist of six lady members (affiliated to a Golf Club) and there will be no handicap allowance. Affiliated juniors may also play.
6. Each team member will have a handicap of 12 or above.
7. Two members from each team will play an 18 hole better ball competition against the better ball of two other players from their opposing team, and the rules of 4BBB Match Play will apply. Should a player be absent it is acceptable for one to play two; the single player may be joined by her partner at any time during the match between holes but not during the play of a hole (Rules of Golf 30.3).
8. Each team will play one match against each other team on a neutral course.
9. The order of play will be at the team captain’s discretion.
10. Matches will commence as specified on start sheets (Rules of Golf 33.3).
11. Each match shall end when one team has won. In the event of a halved match, play shall not continue beyond 18th hole. The exact result of each match shall be recorded, agreed with the opposing team and reported to the organiser of that Division.
12. In the event of extreme weather conditions or injury during the match, if one pair declines to continue then they shall concede the match.
13. The allocation of points will be:
Each pair winning a match will score TWO POINTS
Each pair halving a match will score ONE POINT
If a pair is disqualified under Rule 33.3, the opponents will score TWO POINTS
14.  If a match has to be abandoned it should be replayed completely on the specified course as arranged by the Division Organiser. If this cannot be arranged then the points will be halved.
15. The team with the most/least points after all the matches have been played will be the winner/loser of the Division. In the event of a tie the team with the superior total of match play results will be the winner. If there is still a tie, the result of the match between the tied teams will decide the winner. The same principle applies in determining all other placings.
16. The bottom club of Division 1 will be relegated and the winner of Division 2 will be promoted.
17. The host club will provide courtesy rounds to visiting teams. Visiting teams will pay the full cost of any refreshments they may have at the host club.
18. The host club should advise in advance if there are any restrictions in force e.g. trolley ban. The host club should be present to greet visiting clubs as they arrive. A starter should be provided to ensure the timely start of matches and also to make players aware of local rules and conditions of the day. The starter should explain course distance markers and give any necessary information regarding the course layout. The starter should remind groups who lose ground to call through the following group. The starter should remind teams that play may only continue after the end of the match if no hindrance is caused to following players.
19. A player may play for one Berkshire club only during the League season.
20. The engraving of the trophy(s) will be the responsibility of the winning club(s).
21. The results of the matches should be notified by both teams and any enquiries to the current Division Organiser. She will then confirm these by email to all the Team Captains, Vice Captains and League Liaison Officer, together with the cumulative positions. To avoid any discrepancies at the end of the season it is very important that the Captains/Vice Captains check after each match the accuracy of their teams results both for the current match and their cumulative position in the league.
22. Clubs will submit their dates for hosing the next year's matches, by the end of February i.e. submit 2016 dates by the end February 2015, to the Division Organiser who will then email these to the League Liaison. She will ensure there is no duplication of dates in the fixture lists and liaise with the BCLGA regarding publication of results etc. (full job description attached).
23. The League matches will be played during late Feb/March and Oct/early Nov and the year will be deemed to have commenced in February. There will be a lunch in November of each year to which all ladies who have played in the League plus the Lady Captain of each club, whether a player or not, are invited to attend.
24. 24. An AGM will be held after the lunch to discuss any issues which may have arisen during the season. Should a vote be necessary, one vote per club is permitted. Each Club should ensure at least one representative is present. The trophies will be presented and promotion / relegation announced. Current Division Organisers will alternate the venue.
25. Caddies, bag carriers and trolley pullers are not allowed for the matches.
26. GPS Systems will be permitted.
27. Slow play must be avoided and groups must call-through if they are losing ground for any reason - e.g. lost ball.
28. The course must be played as set out on the day, which may include: Temporary greens, no trolleys, no buggies or specify particular requirements e.g. hedgehog wheels. Please ensure that only ONE team member rings the venue pro shop to check conditions on the day.

If a player requires the use of a buggy due to short or long term ill health or disability there is no requirement for a medical certificate but the player concerned should contact the host club and the opposition Captain before the match both out of courtesy, and in order to confirm that the course will allow a buggy on the day of the match.
Only the person affected can use the buggy, not her playing partner or her partner's equipment. NB. The decision whether to permit trolleys or buggies on the day rests solely with the host club.
29. Amendments to the above Rules may only be made on a majority vote of Club representatives, one vote per club.
30. In the event of a no-show, if the club does not wish to field 1 playing 2 and prefers to put out pairs only, the 2 points will be given to the opposing club.
31. Should a club wish to leave their League and or Division, they should give 1 year's notice to the League Organiser, who will then advise the League Liaison Officer. She will then assist in finding a replacement and rescheduling venue's and dates.

November 2016