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Gold League Rules 2022

GOLD LEAGUE RULES (updated 4th April 2022)

1.

There will be two divisions with up to seven clubs in each. Teams from the following clubs are in the league:
East Berkshire, Maidenhead, Newbury & Crookham, Reading, Henley, Castle Royle, Goring & Streatley, Royal Ascot, Burnham Beeches, Sand MarMns, Sonning, Temple/Mill Ride,
Harleyford and Donnington Grove

2.

The role of Division Organiser will rotate around the Clubs in alphabeMcal order and each will take a two-year turn in its administraMon. If the Organiser’s club is promoted/relegated before its 2 years of office are completed, the next club on the list will take over.

A separate document details the job descripMon of the Division Organiser.

3.

Each parMcipaMng club agrees to give courtesy of their course on one day a year for the appropriate number of four-ball tee Mmes in October/early November/late February/March

4.

Clubs will submit their dates for hosMng the League for the following year to the Division Organiser by the end of January. The Division Organiser will email the dates to the League Liaison Officer who will oversee the fixture list of the Gold and Silver Leagues in order to avoid a duplicaMon of dates whenever possible.

5.

There are no annual admin fees payable to the Division Organiser to cover costs of prinMng, phone calls etc.

6.

Each team will consist of six lady members of the parMcipaMng clubs, and may include junior members. Matches will be played as gross score (without handicap allowance).

7.

Two members from each team will play an 18 hole be`er ball compeMMon (no more no less) against the be`er ball of the two other players and the rules for Four-ball 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 Mme during the match between holes but not during the play of a hole. (Rules of Golf 23.4)

If a club does not field a full team of 6 players, they are sMll required to play in all 3 matches, even if they only have 1 player for each 4BBB match. In the event of a match not being played due to no opposiMon the defaulMng team forfeits the match and the opposiMon wins with 2 pts and 1 hole up for each match defaulted.

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 discreMon.

10.

Matches will commence as specified on start sheets. (Rules of Golf 5.3)

11.

In the event of extreme weather condiMons or injury during the match, if one pair declines to conMnue then they shall concede the match and forfeit all the holes not played. If both pairs are in agreement they shall halve the remaining holes

12.

The allocaMon of points will be: Each pair winning a match will score Each pair halving a match will score

The team winning more holes on aggregate will score The teams halving holes on aggregate will score

TWO points ONE point ONE point

1⁄2 point

If a pair is disqualified under rule 5.3A the opponents TWO points + score ONE hole up

13.

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.

14.

The team with the most points aher all the matches have been played will be the winner of the League. In the event of a Me the number of HOLES UP will decide the winner. If another Me results the winner will be decided by the NET result of holes up. The bo`om club of Division 1 will be relegated and the winner of Division 2 will be promoted.

15.

Each team will nominate a Team Captain who will be responsible for all communicaMon with her team and for ensuring the smooth running of the event when played at her home Club. (See separate document giving detailed responsibiliMes of the Team

Captain)

16.

The host club should advise in advance if there are any restricMons in force e.g. trolley ban. The host club should be present to greet visiMng clubs as they arrive and provide a starter to ensure the Mmely start of matches and also to make players aware of local rules and condiMons of the day. The starter should explain course distance markers and give any necessary informaMon regarding the course layout.

17.

The visiMng teams will pay the full cost of any refreshments they may have at the host club and are encouraged to stay for a light lunch / refreshments.

18.

A player may play only for one club in the Gold League during a season.

19.

The engraving of the trophy will be the responsibility of the winning club.

20.

The results of the matches should be noMfied by the WINNING team 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 cumulaMve posiMons. To avoid any discrepancies at the end of the season it is very important that the Captains/Vice Captains check aher each match the accuracy of their teams results both for the current match and their cumulaMve posiMon in the league.

21.

The Division Organisers and League Liaison Officer will be a small commi`ee for reference and to help make decisions that are consistent across the leagues.

22.

The League matches will be played during Oct/Nov and Feb/March and the league year will be deemed commenced in October. There will be a meal in late March / early April 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 a`end. A brief AGM will be held in conjuncMon with this PresentaMon Meal to discuss any issues which may have arisen during the season. Should a vote be necessary, one vote per club is permi`ed. Each Club should ensure at least one representaMve is present. The trophies will be presented and promoMon / relegaMon announced. Current Division Organisers will alternate the venue.

23.

Caddies, bag carriers and trolley pullers are not allowed for the matches.

24.

TEAM CAPTAINS REMINDER – If any match loses ground on the match in front and the match behind is kept waiMng they MUST invite that match through.

25.

The course must be played as set out on the day, which may include: Temporary greens, no trolleys, no buggies or specify parMcular requirements e.g. hedgehog wheels. Please ensure that only ONE team member rings the venue pro shop to check condiMons 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 cerMficate but the player concerned should contact the host club and the opposiMon 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.

26.

CompeMtors may use a distance measuring device If the local rules of the host course allow.

27.

Any club that wishes to leave the league must give the Division Organiser and League Liaison Officer one year’s noMce no later than the AGM.

28.

Amendments to the above Rules may only be made on a majority vote of cub representaMves, one vote per club.

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1 League Rules updated by Jane Sly and agreed at AGM 4th April 2022

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