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Bronze League Rules 2019/2020

1Teams from the clubs listed below* have entered the League:
Bearwood Lakes, Castle Royle, Caversham Heath, Donnington Grove, Donnington Valley, East Berks, Easthampstead, Goring & Streatley, Hennerton, Maidenhead, Mapledurham, Newbury & Crookham, Reading, Royal Ascot, Sand Martins, Sonning  and Winter Hill.
Temple have withdrawn.
2Each team will take a one-year turn in the administration of the league in alphabetical rotation. A separate document details the job description of the Division Organiser.
3This year there will be 3 leagues of 6 different teams in each league (configurations will change depending on the number of teams, but when possible the leagues should have the same number of teams). Each team will consist of six bona fide lady members (Handicaps of 20.5 or above) of the above clubs, and may include junior members of 21 handicap and over.
4Matches will be three matches of Fourball Better Ball played off scratch and the rules for Fourball Match Play 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)
5If there is an odd number of teams in the League each team will play one match against each other team on a neutral course. When the number is even, then each team will play at home when they host the League, as designated by the League Rules.
6The host club is responsible for contacting the other six teams and offering a date when they can provide 9 consecutive tee times. It is up to visiting teams to make themselves available to play on the dates offered.
7*The League may be flexible in match format if numbers of teams change. This season, we are offering a mixture of 6 and 4 team fixtures, in order to accommodate everyone playing each other once.
8The order of play and pairings will be at the team captain's discretion.
9Matches will commence as specified on start sheets.
10The final match score i.e holes up, will be recorded on the scorecard handed to the co-ordinator.
Each pair winning a match will score TWO points.
Each pair halving a match will score ONE point.
In the event that a team plays and wins all 3 matches then that team shall be awarded ONE bonus point.
11If the host club decides that a match has to be abandoned it should be replayed completely on the specified course as arranged by the host club. If this cannot be arranged then the points will be halved. If at any stage on the match day, one team or pair decline to play then they must concede the match and the points shall be awarded to the opposition. If the match is not conceded and both teams or pairs decline to play neither team nor pair shall be awarded any points. The scorecard(s) must be signed by each pair to reflect any agreement to concede or decision not to play.
12Each match shall end when one team has won. In the event of a halved match, play shall not continue beyond the 18th hole.
13The team with the most points after all the matches have been played will be the winner of the League. In the event of a tie the match play results i.e. holes up will decide the winner. In the event of there still being a tie, the result of the match between the tied teams will decide the winner. The same principle applies in determining all other placings.
14The host club will provide light refreshments to be ordered to eat before, during or after the match. The visiting teams will play the full cost of the refreshments to the host club. It is the visiting team’s decision on the amount each player will pay and whether they wish to subsidise their own players. Players should be encouraged to support the host club.
15The 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. Teams should be at the start in ample time to hear these details before their tee time.
16The host club will fill in the result sheet in conjunction with all visiting captains and return the sheet to the League Organiser.
17A player may play for one club only during the League season.
18The engraving of the trophy will be the responsibility of the winning club in League 1.
19If necessary, a small committee to be formed for reference and to assist with the making of decisions to include the past, present and future organisers of the league
20The League Matches should played during the last 2 weeks of September, 1st 2 weeks of October, the 2nd 2 weeks of October, the 1st week of November, the 1st 2 weeks of February, the 2nd 2 weeks of February, the 1st 2 weeks of March and 2nd 2 weeks of March.
21There will be a lunch in April of each year to which all ladies who have played in the League plus the Lady Captain, whether a player or not, are invited to attend.
22An 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.
23Caddies, bag carriers and trolley pullers are not allowed for the matches.
24Slow play penalties will be applied under the Rules of Golf 5.6a & 5.6b
Penalty for unreasonably delay is firstly, 1 penalty shot; then 2 penalty shots, followed by disqualification.
25The course must be played as set out on the day, which may include: Temporary greens, No trolleys.
26If courses stipulate a trolley ban except for certain kinds of trolleys e.g. hedgehog wheels, these can be used if players have their own or they are available for hire from the Club, this will be on a first come first served basis.
27If 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.
28GPS and course measuring devices, these may be used by players providing the host Club allows them.