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Conditions of Competition at Frodsham GC

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1.0 Introductions

R & A Rules of Golf (33-1) provides, "The Committee must establish the conditions under which a competition is to be played."

The conditions should include all matters necessary to comply with this Rule, such as method of entry, eligibility, number of rounds to be played, etc.

2.0 Competitions

The following Conditions of Competition apply to all members competitions organised by the Members Committee (the Committee).

2.1 Eligibility - Adults
The following eligibility criteria apply to competitions organised by the Committee:-

  • Full members can compete in all Adult competitions
  • Members must have a CONGU Handicap to compete in Competitions.  (Exception: a CONGU handicap is not required to play in Ball Competitions).
  • 5 Day members cannot compete in weekend competitions or competitions organised on Bank Holidays or Knock Out Competitions where the Semi-Finals and Finals are played at weekends unless invited to enter by the Committee.

2.2 Eligibility - Juniors

Juniors may play in all Junior Competitions.  Juniors may play in Adult competitions with the following restrictions.

  • Juniors under the age of 18 at the time of the competition may play in Major competitions providing they have a handicap of 12 or less.
  • Juniors under the age of 18 at the time of the competition may play in Medal and singles Stableford competitions providing they have a handicap of 20 or less.
  • Juniors must be accompanied by an Adult member.

3.0 Stipulated round Back to Top

All Competitions must be played over 18 holes in their correct sequence unless otherwise stated.

4.0 Handicap Back to Top

All Competitors must have a current Frodsham Golf Club CONGU handicap or an ‘away’ handicap registered on the Club’s Master Handicap List to compete in a competition. Junior members without a CONGU Handicap will be awarded a Club Handicap in accordance with their ability.

Members with “non-competition handicaps” or new members without Handicaps may play and mark a card in Medal & Major Competitions, subject to tee-time availability. Their cards will not be counted for prize winning purposes but their cards will qualify as one card submitted under CONGU Rule 26.3 and 16.2 to regain or to obtain a full CONGU handicap

5.0 Mixed Competitions Back to Top

All members' competitions at Frodsham Golf Club are mixed competitions.

5.1. R&A Rule 10.0 Order of Play:
Order of Play from Teeing Ground: all Frodsham GC Competitions are mixed competitions, therefore to ensure players do not risk disqualification because they did not comply with R&A Rule 10.0m, the Committee has decided that a Local Rule under R&A Rule 33 shall be made.

5.2 Local Rule:

  • Stroke Play: to ensure that unsafe situations do not arise and to reduce slow play, the player(s) whose tee is furthest from the green will always tee off first.
  • Match Play: it is to be agreed by both parties whether the Ladies tee off according to who has the honour or the player(s) whose tee is the furthest from the green. This must be agreed on the First Tee and maintained for the full match.

6.0 Method of Entry Back to Top

All Competitions entry details are available through the Professional shop and online at

6.1 Competition Entry
Entry to competitions is via BRS booking system which is accessed through Frodsham Golf Club website.

Members may book themselves and upto 2 other players, and in "team competitions" 3 other players.

6.2 Summer Knockouts:
a)  Singles, Pairs and Mixed Knockouts will start from 1st April onwards.  Entries open in January and close 3rd Sunday in March.  Completion dates for each round will be shown on the draw sheets which will be put on the notice board in the Spike Bar foyer and also on

b) It is the players' responsibility to arrange to play each round by the due date. Fellow competitors contact details can be obtained by contacting the pro-shop. In the event of matches not being played by the required completion date both or all players will be scratched from the next round, regardless of the circumstances.

c) Substitutes in Pairs Competitions are not allowed once the first round has been played.  In the event of matches not being played by the required completion date both or all players will be scratched from the next round.

d) All Finals matches will be played on a fixed date decided by the committee. No exceptions are allowed.

6.3 The P.C. Downing Winter Betterball Knockout
The entry sheet will open on 1st November and close on the second Sunday in December. All rounds must be played on the specific dates on the draw sheets.  Substitutes are not allowed once the first round has been played.

6.4 Majors Competition
Entry into all Major Competition is via a time zone. Initially competitors will book into the competition using BRS booking system.  The BRS system currently will only allow competitors to book a specific tee-time, albeit within the competitors preferred time zone.  Once the competition entry is closed a draw will take place and competitors will be notified of their actual tee-time and they will also be able to see who their playing partners are.

A member may enter his/her name and the names of two other Members.  The three Members do not have to play in the same time zone.  Certain Major Competitions are subject to certain criteria, as follows.

Merit Cup

The winner is the person with the best four aggregated gross scores from the following competitions:

Captain's Putter, DP Fletcher Trophy, Roylance Trophy, Robinson Trophy, President's Prize and Sherwin Trophy

Scratch Championship

Qualification is based upon the best gross score from a competitor in any stroke play event starting with Captains' Putter and finishing with Sherwin Trophy.

The Scratch Championship is a 36 hole Competition played off scratch over two days (Saturday and Sunday) and is limited to the top 42 qualifiers.

6.5 Christmas Competitions:

A Member may book him/her and up to 3 other players.

6.6 Booking other Members into a Competition

It is the responsibility of each Competitor to check the Competition date and their allotted tee time.

7.0 Time of Starting Back to Top

Non Appearance for Competitions and Lateness on the tee.

  1. A competitor who is up to five minutes late shall receive the following penalties:
    • Stroke Play – Two shot penalty
    • Match Play – Loss of hole
  2. A competitor who is over five minutes late or withdraws on the day of Competition will be disqualified from that Competition
  3. A Competitor who regularly fails to turn up on the day of  a Competition may be banned, at the discretion of the Committee.
  4. Members have the right to appeal to the Committee any playing ban decisions.  Any appeal must be in writing to the Committee within 7 days.  During the time of such appeal, the Competition playing ban will be suspended.  The Committee will then hear the appeal at their next scheduled meeting.

8.0 Returning Scorecards, Incomplete Cards and No Returns Back to Top

8.1. After completion of an individual competition round, each Competitor should enter his/her scores, hole by hole, into the computer terminal in the Spike Bar, including 'No Return' scorecards, and place the scorecard in the box provided.
8.2. A Competitor who fails to hand in their Competition card, whether the round has been completed or not, will be disqualified from the competition.
8.3 Competitors with 'Away' handicaps must make adjustments to their handicap at the computer terminal before entering their scores.  Failure to do so will lead to disqualification.
8.4 It is expected that every Competitor who enters a qualifying competition intends to complete the round.
8.5 Sympathetic consideration will be given to Competitors who have had to discontinue play for any cause considered to be reasonable by the Committee, (eg: feeling unwell or injury).
8.6 Competitors who persistently submit incomplete cards or make 'No Returns' will be dealt with in accordance with the relevant CONGU clause. See also CONGU clause 8.10/1 (page 22) whereby when a 'No Return' is recorded on one hole only and the rest of the holes are completed, handicap adjustment can be calculated in accordance with clause 19.  We encourage competitors to complete their scorecard and reduce the need for penalties.

8.7 'No Returns' nullify 2's, Nearest the Pin, and/or Longest Drive.

9.0 Competition End Back to Top

The competition is ended when the Committee are ready to post a result.

10.0 Competition Result Sheets Back to Top

The aim of the Committee will be to display a result sheet for each competition by midday on the following day of the competition. The results will be displayed on the notice board in the spike bar foyer and on Masterscoreboard.

11.0 Prizes and Presentation Nights Back to Top

1. All competition prizes will be presented at the next scheduled presentation evening following the competition date.  The one exception is Captains' Weekend Competition when prizes will be presented immediately following the competition.

2.  Presentation evening dates can be found in the "diary" section of FGC website, but are subject to change at the discretion of the committee.  The dates, timings, and format of presentation evenings are currently under review.  Any changes will be notified to the membership, as appropriate.

3.  It is the Competitors responsibility to determine whether or not a prize has been won in any competition.

4.  If a Competitor is unable to attend the Presentation Evening, he/she is asked to nominate a person to collect the prize and advise the Captains.  Failure to meet this requirement may result in the prize being forfeited.

12.0 Competition Standard Scratch Back to Top

A Single Competition Scratch Score is calculated for Mixed Golf.  It will be displayed after each competition.

13.0 Caddies and 'Trolley pullers' Back to Top

A Competitor is prohibited from having any person who is not a current member serve as a caddie or 'trolley puller' during the stipulated round.

14.0 Pace of Play Back to Top

The Committee will establish pace of play guidelines to help prevent slow play as it deems fit.

15.0 Suspension of Play Due to a Dangerous Situation Back to Top

When play is suspended for a dangerous situation and if the Competitors in a match or group are between  the play of two holes, they must not resume play until there is a resumption of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until there is a resumption of play. If a Competitor fails to discontinue play immediately, he/she is disqualified unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7.
1. The signal for suspending play due to a dangerous situation will be a prolonged note of the siren.
2. The signal to resume play will be two short notes of the siren, repeated.
3. It is the Competitor's responsibility to discontinue play if he or she considers that conditions are too dangerous to continue, whether or not the siren has been sounded.

16.0 Transportation Back to Top

Competitors may use buggies during a stipulated round.

17.0 Local Rule Distance Measuring Device (DMDs) Back to Top

Competitors may use DMDs during a stipulated round.  however, only DMDs that calculate distance will be permitted.  Those providing other information such as wind speed, temperature and elevation, will not be allowed.  Any player found using such a DMD will be in breach of Rule 14-3 for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.

18.0 Ties Back to Top

The following procedures apply in the event of a competition tie:

Match Play
A match which ends all square should be played off hole by hole until one side wins a hole. The play-off should start on the hole where the match began. In a handicap match, handicap strokes should be allowed as in the prescribed round.

Stroke Play
(a) In the event of a tie in a scratch stroke play competition, cards will be matched on the basis of the best score for the last nine holes. If the tying Competitors have the same score for the last nine, the winner will be determined on the basis of the last six holes, last three holes and finally the 18th hole.
(b) In the event of a tie in a handicap stroke play competition, cards will be matched on the basis of the best score for the last nine holes.  If the tying Competitors have the same score for the last nine, the winner will be determined on the basis of the last six holes, last three holes and finally the 18th hole.  In a handicap stroke play competition, one-half, one-third, one-sixth, etc of the handicaps should be deducted.  Fractions should not be disregarded.  If this method is used in a competition with a multiple tee start, it is recommended that the "last nine holes, last six holes, etc" is considered to be holes 10-18, 13-18, etc.

(c) In the event of a tie in a stableford competition, cards will be matched on the basis of the best score for the last nine holes. If the tying Competitors have the same score for the last nine, the winner will be determined on the basis of the last six holes, last three holes and finally the 18th hole.  If this method, does still not produce a conclusive result, then this will be determined by starting at the 18th hole and working backwards through the scorecard until the winner is determined.

19.0 Competition Fees Back to Top

Competition fees are set by the Committee.  Payment must be paid in the Professional shop when collecting the competition card prior to commencing play. The fees make provision for prizes, a ball sweep (two's) and on occasion, prizes for nearest the pin (see below) and hole in one. The exception to this is the Charity Cup when all fees go to the designated Charity.

19.1 Nearest the Pin
A nearest the pin competition is deemed null and void if a hole in one is recorded on the same hole. The person with the hole in one will receive a commemorative prize only.

20.0 Draw for Match Play Back to Top

The draw for match play competitions will be managed by the Handicap Master Software.

21.0 Conforming Clubs Back to Top

The driver the competitor carries must have a club head, identified by model and loft, which is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads issued by the R & A Rules Limited.  A driver with a club head that was manufactured prior to 1999 is exempt from this condition.
An updated List of Conforming Driver Heads is available on the R & A website

22.0 Rules of Golf Back to Top

Competitions shall be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by the R & A Rules Limited.  Competitions not recognised by the R&A will be played with guidance from the Committee and displayed on the notice board in the Clubhouse. However they will be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf except where amended by the Committee.

23.0 Rules of Frodsham Golf Club Back to Top

Competitors must abide by the Rules of Frodsham Golf Club in respect of course etiquette, behaviour, dress code and Local Rules as displayed on the back of the scorecard and from time to time on the notice board in the Clubhouse and on the Frodsham Golf Club website.

24.0 Competitors Responsibility Back to Top

It is the Competitor's responsibility to be aware of these Conditions of Competition.

25.0 Review of Conditions of Competition Back to Top

These conditions will be reviewed by the Committee as necessary.  Any issue relating to any aspect of these conditions of competition or any matter related but not specifically identified in these conditions should be brought to the attention of the Committee.  Any decision made by the Committee is final.

References Rules of Golf

Rules of Golf - R&A Ltd
CONGU – Unified Handicapping System
English Golf Union
Ladies English Golf Union
Frodsham Golf Club Rules
Frodsham Golf Club Diary

Conditions of Competition Version 16.0F
The Members Committee Frodsham Golf Club

January 2014

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