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Winter League Rules 2020-21

  1. Matches are to be played at the weekend (Saturday/Sunday) from Sat 5th Dec 2020 to Sun 7th Mar 2021 inclusive (=14weeks) and teams must play a minimum of 10 matches to compete for a prize. Members can only play games on days permitted by their membership category.
  2. The number of qualifying matches will be reduced by one on each occasion the course is unplayable.
  3. The format is four ball better ball match play. Under World Handicapping System rules, matches are played off the difference between rounded Playing Handicaps (see appendix C of WHS Rule of Handicapping guide). For this format, a 90% Handicap Allowance is applied to the Course Handicap to calculate the Playing Handicaps. Shots are then taken from player with the lowest Playing Handicap (see Peter and Paul in example).
  4. To enter the Winter League, or play as a substitute, members must have an active WHS handicap. Maximum Handicap Index for men is 28; ladies and juniors 36. Members with a higher handicap may play but must play off the maximum Handicap Index.
  5. Points awarded are 2 for a win, 1 for a halved match and 0 for a loss.
  6. Match results must be recorded on the sheet on the notice board outside the Men’s locker room by noon on the Monday following the match. Failure to do so will result in both teams being awarded 0 points for the match.
  7. Neither pair may claim any points from a match that is cancelled. If a match is cancelled, the Professional Shop must be notified by noon on the Monday following the scheduled match. Failure to do so will result in both teams being awarded 0 points for the match.
  8. League positions are determined by calculating the total points gained expressed as % of the total available from matches played.
  9. Substitutes are permitted. Only club members may be substitutes. In exceptional circumstances, a team may use two substitutes in a match if both players are unavailable. Only one match can be played at a time.
  10. During the last four weeks of the competition, all partnerships within the top 20 places must play at least two matches to qualify for a prize.
  11. All disputes to be resolved by the Captain’s Competition and Handicap Sub-Committee.
  12. Entry fee is £30 per pair and is payable in the pro shop BEFORE the start of the league. Members who have not paid the entry fee will be deemed to have forfeited any matches they play while the entry fee remains unpaid. The actual result of those matches will stand for their opponents.
  13. Winning pair are awarded the Dicky Richards Salvers (current champions Alan Martinez/Kevin MacDonald). Prizes to be awarded to 10th place.
  14. Men to play from the BLUE course and Ladies from the GREEN course.
  15. Ladies’ Course Handicap is calculated using the Slope Rating for ladies’ green course. In addition, ladies receive 2.4 extra shots from men to take into account the difference in course ratings. These shots are added AFTER the 90% allowance is applied to the Course Handicap (see example). Shots are then taken from the lowest rounded Playing Handicap. In matches involving ladies, updated WHS advice is that players should take strokes at the stroke indices of the tees from which they are playing.

 

EXAMPLE CALCULATION OF STROKES GIVEN/RECEIVED IN 4BBB MATCHPLAY INVOLVING MEN AND LADIES PLAYED FROM DIFFERENT TEES

Peter               Handicap Index 7.6

Paul                 Handicap Index 22.6

Peggy               Handicap Index 10.4

Sue                  Handicap Index 30.2

Men Blue Course        Slope 123        Course Rating 69.5

Ladies Green Course   Slope 128        Course rating 71.9

Difference in Course Ratings = 2.4

 

Name

Handicap

Index

Course Handicap

(HI x slope/113)*

Apply 90%

allowance

Add Course Rating

Difference

Playing

Handicap

Shots received (difference in rounded PH)

Peter

7.6

8

7.2

0

7.2 = 7

0

Paul

22.6

25

     22.5

0

22.5 = 23

16

Peggy

10.4

12

10.8

2.4

13.2 = 13

6

Sue

30.2

34

30.6

2.4

33.0 = 33

26

HI – handicap index; PH- playing handicap

*read from Slope/Course Rating board or table

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