Rules of Play
RULES OF PLAY Amended October 2017
- AGE LIMIT:
A player must be under 20 years of age on the 1st of April of the current year. (The age limit has been changed from 19 just for the year 2021 as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic)
All players where possible must hold an official club handicap. If not then the player shall play from a handicap of 28 for boys and 36 for girls.
- THE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP:
At the end of each season, the teams will be randomly divided into two equal groups, A and B to prepare the fixtures for the following season. The teams in each group will play against each other either Home or Away as per fixture list, with the fixtures being reversed for the following season. The leading two teams in each group when the fixtures have been completed will enter into the play-off Finals, which will be played on a pre-arranged course. See note 1.
Teams shall consist of six players, arranged in handicap order, lowest handicap first. Play shall be match play; the first two matches playing from scratch and the last four playing from handicap. No player shall play from a handicap greater than 28 for boys and 36 for girls, no player shall receive more than one shot per hole. All matches shall be played off white tees for boys and red tees for girls with the full difference in handicap allowance. All matches shall be TWO BALL matches – at no time for whatever reason is play allowed in four ball matches. To help understand the latest rule changes, the following slides provide examples of the various playing scenarios - Click to view or download the scenarios.
Each player will score 2 points for a win; 1 point for a halved match. Maximum 12 points per team.
All matches should be played on the date given in the Fixture List If a match is postponed then a re-arranged date must be made within 4 days after the postponed game. The HOME club must confirm the fixture by the Wednesday night before the fixture, whenever possible. A reasonable tee time should be given, taking into account travelling and school next day. Late tee times should be avoided. Tee times given are final and the away team must be prepared play at that time. Postponement of fixtures will be allowed only for the following:
a) Course Closure due to adverse weather conditions. If a match is abandoned during play, then the score when match is called off will stand.
b) Previously organised fixture at home club on same day, eg Club Championship, County Events.
All disputes must be referred to the Secretary by phone as soon as possible and followed up in writing. The Secretary will then seek a decision from the Officers of the Committee. This decision shall be final.
All matches to be played in accordance with the rules of golf as laid down by the R & A of St Andrews. In addition all Local Rules must be adhered to. Any player committing a misdemeanour, or bringing the League into disrepute, may be banned from playing in the league.
Only junior team members and club juniors will be allowed as caddies. Relatives and Junior Organisers must not be employed as caddies.
Shirt and tie must be worn in the clubhouse. Relaxation of this rule is at the discretion of the Home Club. The Dress Rules of the home club must be observed both on and off the course.
Note 1: THE PLAY OFFS
The two top teams in each group will qualify for the semi-finals:
A1 v B2
B1 v A2
The two semi-finals (in the morning), the final and third place play off (in the afternoon) will be played on the same day on the prearranged course.
In the event of a “six-six” draw, the first individual winner in the playing order on the results sheet will be awarded a “golden point” and secure an overall win for that team.