COMPETITION RULES

COMPETITION OVERVIEW

  • The club Diary lists all the golfing activities and the Fixture list provides more details of the club competitions.
  • Any player with a WHS handicap index may enter a club competition, subject to handicap range, age and gender restrictions.
  • All Competitors Must 'sign in', prior to commencement of play and MUST enter a score. 
  • Competition Scorecards must contain Name(s), Date, Competition name and current playing handicap and must be signed otherwise disqualification may ensue. If a printed scorecard is not provided the competitor is responsible for writing the name(s), handicap(s), competition name and date on the top of the scorecard.
  • All scorecards - including "No Returns" must be returned. Either by entering into the PSI terminal in the entrance hall or by on-line entering via 'My Golf' and placing the card in the box provided,.
  • All Competitions start at Hole 1 and run consecutively to Hole 18 unless specifically approved by the Competitions Committee.
  • Match play stages of all Club Championships are restricted to Stocksfield “Home” players.
  • Optional sweeps are divided as follows:
    • 121+ entries - 1st - 30%, 2nd - 23%, 3rd - 18%,  4th - 12%, 5th - 9%, 6th - 5%, 7th - 3%.
    • 91 - 120 entries - 1st - 32%, 2nd - 25%, 3rd - 18%,  4th - 13%, 5th - 8%, 6th - 4%.
    • 61 - 90 entries - 1st - 36%, 2nd - 27%, 3rd - 19%,  4th - 12%, 5th - 6%.
    • 31 - 60 entries - 1st - 40%, 2nd - 30%, 3rd - 20%, 4th - 10%.
    • 11 to 30 entries - 1st - 50%, 2nd - 33%, 3rd - 17%.
    • 6 to 10 entries - 1st - 67%, 2nd - 33%.
    • Below 6 winner takes all.
    • Note: Sweep money is split equally on same scores.
  • Competition results can be viewed here after you sign-in and the sweep pay out is listed at the end of the result list.
  • Male Juniors with a handicap of 28 or under can play in the Men’s competitions accompanied by a Member over 18. Any sweeps won will be paid as vouchers.
  • Additional rules may be posted from time to time.

 

COMPETITION PURSE

  • All members have a ‘competitions purse’ setup in Handicap Master this is a purse (or an account) from which they can pay competition entry fees. It is similar in operation to the Loyalty card system but should not be confused with it. The ‘competitions purse’ is initialised at £0 and needs to be topped up before signing in to a competition.
  • The ‘competitions purse’ is used to pay for competition entry. When you sign-in to a competition, the fees (inc. optional sweep and two’s) will be automatically taken from this purse.
  • You can view your purse balance and top it up on line at 'My Golf'. If using your smartphone we recommend using the following link https://www.masterscoreboard.co.uk/mobile/ClubIndex.php?&CWID=2258. After you sign in you will see your current balance with an option to top-up, clicking this will take you to a payment screen where you can select the top-up amount and then enter your payment details.
  • You can also view your purse balance and recent transaction on the PSI terminals in the entrance hall.
  • Weekend competition sweep winnings are shown on the results report (under the list of scores) and are paid back into your competitions purse. Pro’s sweep winnings and all 2’s prizes go into your account in the Pro’s shop.
  • Excess funds in your purse account may be spent in the Pro's shop or used to top-up your loyalty card for bar purchases.

 HANDICAPS

  • The handicap system changed when the WHS was introduced in November 2020. For more detail information on this click here.
  • To enter competitions, members must have an official WHS Handicap index. Your current handicap index can be found on the club website, on the PSI terminals in the entrance hall or on your MyEG smartphone app.
  • To obtain a first handicap index, 3 or more scorecards must be submitted. These must be witnessed, dated and signed by someone with a WHS handicap and must be from a measured course at the members Home club (either White or Yellow tees, please indicate which). To submit the scores please email photo's of the scorecards to handicaps@stocksfieldgolfclub.co.uk.
  • Members must appoint only one club to be their “Home” club. New members wishing to have Stocksfield as their Home club must first get their current Home club to release them then notify the Handicap Secretary of the change.
  • Acceptable scores for handicap purposes are any scores played on a measured qualifying course, these are singles (stroke or stableford) competition scores plus pre-registered general play 'social' scores. Handicaps are adjusted automatically at midnight when acceptable scores are entered into the computer. 
  • Any number of general play scores may be returned. A player intending to return a general play score is required to sign-in just prior to commencement of play either in the Pro’s shop, online using the 'My Golf' option or on the PSI terminal in the entrance hall. On completion of the round the player must enter the score either online using the 'My Golf' option or in the PSI terminal in the entrance hall and ensure the score is witnessed by another club member who must have a WHS handicap.
  • Handicaps are reviewed periodically and adjustments made as required by the handicap committee comprising the Captain, Vice Captain, immediate Past Captain and the Handicap secretary. Note: Injury or medical conditions that are not permanent are not suitable reasons for a handicap lift. An annual revue of all players handicaps is carried out after the end of the season.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PLAYER

  • Players can only have one Handicap index which is maintained by his or her Home Club and all players should know their ID Number. This Handicap index is portable and can be used anywhere in the world.
  • If he/she is a Member of more than one Affiliated Club, select one as their Home Club for handicapping purposes and notify that club and the others of this choice and supply each away club an ID Number. 
  • Prior to playing in any competition the player must ascertain whether all appropriate adjustments to Handicap index have been made and if not they must adjust the handicap manually as required.
  • Before commencing play on the day of a Qualifying Competition the player must ensure that he has been signed in on the computer either in the pro’s shop or the club entrance hall.
  • A player who fails to enter a Qualifying Competition in the required manner is deemed to have neither a score for the competition nor a score for handicap purposes.
  • The player must ensure his current Playing Handicap is on all cards returned in a Qualifying Competition even though the event may not be a handicap competition. This is required for the calculation of a Competition Scratch Score.
  • The player must ensure that all competition cards in Qualifying Competitions, whether or not complete, are entered into the PSI terminal (or on-line as appropriate) and posted in the Card box.
  • When joining a new club the player must provide details of previous club memberships and handicaps held whilst at those clubs.
  • Players should be aware of the significance of the Stableford / Nett Double Bogey Adjustment. This adjustment allows a player who has a ‘bad’ score on a hole(s) or does not complete a hole(s), for any reason, to continue to record a score on subsequent holes for handicap purposes. This sustains the golfing interest and at the same time provides valuable handicap information. 

KNOCKOUTS

There are Four Knockout Competitions for Men:

          Cluny Cup                                             Handicaps – Up to 20

          Hamilton Cup                                       Handicaps - Up to 13

          Robson Cup                                          Handicaps - 14 to 54

          New Clubhouse Trophy - Pairs          Maximum handicap - 20

There is One Mixed Knockout Competition:

          Stobo & Miller Trophy                         Maximum handicap - 54

There is One Knockout Competition for Seniors:

          Joe Rowell Trophy                               Maximum handicap - 54

There is One Knockout Competition for Juniors:

          Wren Trophy                                         Maximum handicap - 54

 

For Singles competitions the handicap allowance is the full difference between the Course handicaps. So, for example if lowest course handicap is 5 and higher is 10 the higher handicapper receives 5 shots, these are on stroke holes 1 to 5. For doubles the handicap  allowance is 90% of the course handicap. After calculating the 90% and rounding to the nearest whole number the shots are taken against the lowest handicapper.

 

To enter the Matchplay Competitions, see the notices on the respective notice boards and follow the instructions given. Note: An Active Handicap is required on the day of the draw. Cut-off dates WILL BE ENFORCED and are as posted on the notice boards

  

Use the PSI terminal in the entrance hall to enter match results. Click on 'Choose Option' and then select 'Enter a Knock-out Result'. Select your name in the usual way and you will be presented with buttons for each of the matches you are entered in (you’ll also see your opponents name against each). Click on the one you are entering results for, select the Winner and select the score. Then click the Green Tick to confirm the result.

 

SERIES COMPETITIONS

There are 4 Series competitions held over the golfing season and 2 series held over the Winter these are as follows:

  • Fred Punshon Memorial Competition - Sunday League open to all categories. Consisting of over 20 Competitions.
  • Scratch Golfer of the year - points based series, points will be awarded according to the gross finishing position on each Saturday singles competition (15 down to 1) with the best 8 points scores over the year to count. 
  • Handicap Golfer of the Year -  points based series, points will be awarded according to the finishing position on each Saturday singles competition (15 down to 1) with the best 8 points scores over the year to count.
  • Paisley Cup - Eclectic series, lowest score on each hole from all Saturday singles competitions during the season.
  • Winter League Saturday points based series, points will be awarded according to the finishing position on each Saturday winter competition (15 down to 1) with the best 8 points scores over the winter season to count. 
  • Winter League Sunday -  points based series, points will be awarded according to the finishing position on each Sunday winter competition (10 down to 1) with the best 8 points scores over the winter season to count. 

WINTER COMPETITION RULES

  • There are two separate Singles Winter Leagues - one on Saturdays for Gents only and one on Sundays for Gents and LadiesThe competitions will be Stableford format and the Course is to be played as presented.
  • Money - There is no ‘joining fee’ for the leagues and players can play in either or both leagues as they wish. The leagues will handle their money and points independently of each other. Competition entry will be £1, plus £1 for sweep and £1 for optional 2's (£3 in total). Sweep money will be paid out each week (5 places if greater than 50 entries, 4 places if 30 to 50 entries, 3 places if 10 to 30 entries) with money split equally for same scores. Money taken on Saturday will be paid out to the Saturday players and money taken on Sunday will be paid out to the Sunday players. The overall league prizes will be paid from the entry money.
  • Points - will be awarded according to the finishing position in each competition with the best 8 points scores counting towards the overall leagues. Points will be split equally for same scores and are awarded as follows:
    • Saturday – 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points (provided at least 15 entries).
    • Sunday – 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points (provided at least 10 entries).   

 

Friendly Matches

Several annual friendly matches are arranged by each Section. All Members are encouraged to participate whenever possible. Advanced details are posted on respective Notice Boards.

 

General Information

Please refer to the Notice Boards, Website and Tee Booking System during the year for alterations to fixtures, visitor bookings, tee reservations, etc. Visiting parties and Members playing social golf during the times permitted on Club Competition Saturdays are required to play in the same format as the Competition to avoid course congestion. For Competition results and Handicap information on a Mobile device use this address.  https://www.masterscoreboard.co.uk/mobile/ClubIndex.php?&CWID=2258

 

Work on Greens and Course

Dates for essential course work are shown in the club diary and are subject to weather conditions. This may interfere with Members’ golf, but disruption will always be kept to a minimum. As much notice as is possible will be given when other works are scheduled. Please respect the Greens Staff working on the Course and offer them maximum priority. Greens Staff have the authority to close the Course.

 

Course Reservations / Restrictions

  • Ladies - Wednesday Mornings - 9.00am to 12.00 Noon.
  • Please Note: On Ladies’ Open Days, Invitation Days and Lady Captain’s Day, the tee shall remain the preserve of the Ladies until such time as the Lady Captain decides.
  • Senior Gents - Monday Mornings - 9.15am to 11.00am.
  • Gents - Saturday Competitions - 7.30am to 10.00am and 12.00 noon to 3.00pm.
  • Under18 Juniors are welcome to play golf on a Saturday within the following times: 
  • Juniors with handicaps of 28 or less can play in a Gents competition at any time when playing with an Adult competitor.
  • Juniors with a handicap of 28 or less can play Casual Golf between 10.00am and 12 noon and after 3 pm.
  • Any Junior can play Casual golf after 3.00pm.

 

Rules of Golf and General Courtesy

  • All Members should acquaint themselves with the general rules of golf and pay particular attention to etiquette, dress and sportsmanship. The object is to enjoy playing and help others to enjoy their game. Please encourage new starters.
  • Remember to give way to faster players or when a ball is not to be easily found.
  • Players playing a match should be given priority.
  • Club Captain has priority on the first tee at all times.
  • Remember and remind your playing partners to:
    • Smooth bunkers and leave rake in the bunker.
    • Replace and press down divots, even if they are not yours.
    • Lift and repair your own pitch marks on the green plus at least one other.