ENGLAND GOLF HARD CARD 2017 HERE - EG CHAMPIONSHIPS GENERAL RULES & CONDITIONS 2017 HERE
BLCGA GENERAL CONDITIONS
1. All competitions shall be run in accordance with the R&A Rules of Golf and the CONGU system of Handicapping.
2. The word “Competitions” includes all BLCGA events, e.g. “Championships”, “Meetings”, “Matches”, “Knockouts” and “Leagues”.
3. Players and caddies must adhere to the dress code in place at the host club.
METHODS OF ENTRY
4. Entry forms for BLCGA competitions can be found on the BLCGA web site. Instructions for entry can be found on the form.
5. Further information about the competition, for example format, handicap information and prize categories, is detailed on the web site.
6. All entrants must hold a CONGU ‘Competition’ handicap at the time of entry to a BLCGA competition.
7. There is a maximum handicap limit of 35 for most BLCGA competitions. Any further entry conditions for each individual competition will be given on the entry form.
8. Full Members of BLCGA are entitled to play in all County Competitions and for the County Teams and in the County Championships. (Qualification is through one of three ways:- county of birth, county of residence, or membership of a golf club affiliated to the county).
9. Associate Members are Full Members of another County:- Associate Members are entitled to play in all County Competitions including inter-club matches but excluding County Teams and the County Championships.
10. A BLCGA Junior member must be under 18 years of age on 1st January. Juniors will receive free membership of the Association until the January following their 18th birthday. The entrance fee for County events for Junior members, whilst in full time education or under 18 years of age on the day of the event, will be reduced, but for those members 18-21 years of age and in full time employment full entrance fee will apply.
11. Entry to the BLCGA senior section is to anyone over 50 on 1st January, who is a member of the Bedfordshire Ladies County Golf Association and costs just £1, payable to the club's County Delegate.
12. The Local Rules of the host course shall be used for all competitions.
13. The following Additional Local Rule shall be used for all competitions:
In all competitions, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect her play (e g elevation changes, wind speed, etc ), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3. DMD specifications (page 181 in the Rules of Golf Booklet) are in effect.Trolleys with a distance-measuring capability may be used provided any other features which are non-conforming are disabled (e.g. taped over or switched off). A multi-functional device, such as a smartphone or PDA, may be used as a distance-measuring device, but it must not be used to gauge or measure other conditions if by doing so would be a breach of Rule 14.3.
CONDUCT OF THE COMPETITION
14. Time of starting, and groups of players, are governed by Rule 6-3 of the Rules of Golf and will be enforced by the competition organising committee.
15. Players and caddies shall walk at all times during the stipulated round, unless the use of a buggy is authorised by the organising committee.
16. Caddies may be used in most county events but they must not normally be professional golfers or coaches. An example of an exception to this rule is County Week, when professional golfers may act as caddies. Caddies are not permitted in junior events.
17. Advice in Match Play Team Competitions will be allowed to the extent described by the Note to Rule 8 of the Rules of Golf.
18. All competition entrants should take care to maintain a good Pace of Play: Each player should play without undue delay and groups should endeavour to keep up with the group in front. If a ball is lost, and not likely to be found quickly, following groups should be called through – DO NOT search for 5 minutes before calling players through.
19. If, in the opinion of BLCGA Officials, it becomes impossible to complete a competition in accordance with that competition’s conditions because of adverse weather or other circumstances, the Officials may vary the conditions to the extent necessary to achieve a result within the time available.
20. See the NOTE below about Safety Guidance in inclement weather.
21. Disputes will be settled by an organising committee (three to form a quorum). This committee will normally consist of the Competition Organiser, the County President (if she is available) and another member of the BLCGA Executive Committee. The committee will be identified in advance of major competitions and the decision of this committee shall be final.
22. The Decision of Ties in Stroke Play Competitions will be as follows:
In a two round Championship, ties shall be decided on the 2nd round. Should that fail to produce a result, ties shall be decided on the last 9, 6, 3 or 1 holes of the last completed round.
In a one round event, ties shall be decided on the last 9, 6, 3 or 1 holes of the round. In the case of a two-hole start, the last 9 holes are considered to be holes 10 to 18.
23. A winning Club or Individual will be responsible for a trophy from the time it is presented until it is relinquished. The competition organiser will be responsible for the engraving of the trophy, and the holder of the trophy shall ensure it is returned to BLCGA in time engraving prior to presentation at the following year’s competition.
24. Unless otherwise stated in the competition conditions a player may win more than one trophy but not more than one prize.
Safety Guidance in the Event of a Dangerous Situation (normally an electrical storm)The following guidance is taken from the England Golf “Hard Card”. It is designed to assist; it is not an instruction or a Condition of Competition. People on the course are responsible for their own actions in such a dangerous situation and BLCGA is not liable for any injury or damage caused by following this guidance. When the warning klaxon is sounded to suspend play for a dangerous situation you are you are advised:
- Not to stand under overhead power lines.
- Not to shelter under trees or on high ground
- Not to take cover in wooden or metallic shelters, unless the shelter is fully enclosed and properly earthed.
- Not to exit the course by walking under trees if at all possible.
- To keep as low as possible and, if necessary, crouch in the nearest bunker or other low point on the golf course.
- To switch off and most certainly do not use a mobile phone unless it is clearly safe to do so.
- Not to put up your umbrella under any circumstances.
- Not to stand near your golf clubs; they act as a magnet to lightning. (If you are leaving the course, you are strongly advised to leave your clubs behind).
- To remove any headgear which may have metal in or on it, for example ball marker magnets or cap buttons.