Bedfordshire County Golf Union

Welcome to Bedfordshire Ladies County Golf Association

Welcome to Bedfordshire County Golf Union

Latest news

County Match Week 2017 report at 'Sunny Hunny'

Saturday 24th June 2017


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Estelle Klausner & Bridie Quinn wins the Sue Paterson Salver

Wednesday 7th June 2017


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9 hole Competition for New Lady Golfers

Tuesday 30th May 2017


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Annabel Pitts retains her title as Beds Ladies County Champion

Saturday 13th May 2017


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Linda Humphries from The Milbrook wins the County Cup

Saturday 13th May 2017


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Successful occasion for Bedfordshire Schools

Tuesday 9th May 2017

BEDFORDSHIRE SCHOOLS HANDICAP CHAMPIONSHIP
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Vacancy for Secretary/Finance Manager

Friday 5th May 2017

The County Golf Union is seeking to appoint a Secretary/Finance Manager
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East Region Foursomes Championship 2017

Friday 21st April 2017

East Region Foursomes Championship comes back to Bedfordshire
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BBC 3 counties radio - Girls Golf Rocks

Friday 14th April 2017

Only a week left for the Girls Golf Rocks campaign to get rocking in Bedfordshire.
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Welcome to Bedfordshire Ladies County Golf Association

Welcome to Bedfordshire County Golf Union

Latest news

Bedford & County 2 qualify for Woodhall Spa

Wednesday 14th June 2017

Bedford & County 2 won the Junior Inter Club to qualify for the EG Junior Champion Club competition at Woodhall SPa
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Vacancy for Secretary/Finance Manager

Friday 5th May 2017

The County Golf Union is seeking to appoint a Secretary/Finance Manager
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Bedfordshire Schools Handicap Championship

Friday 5th May 2017

Luke Baynham wins individual title and, with George Skinner, the team title.
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John O'Gaunt Winter Scratch Champions

Monday 24th April 2017

John O'Gaunt retained the Don Wall Trophy by winning the Winter Scratch league
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BUT Trophy Success - Again

Sunday 16th April 2017

Bedfordshire wins fourth successive BUT Trophy
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Pre-Season Squad Day

Sunday 5th March 2017

Managers report from 25th February
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Beadlow Triumphs in Portugal

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Beadlow Manor are Junior Team Golf (JTG) Home Nations Champions after beating the best junior sections in the UK to win the Nigel Dolton Trophy, in a competition which more than 1000 teams from across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland entered
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Vacancy - Lead Assessor Course Rating

Tuesday 31st January 2017

The County Union is looking to recruit a Course Rating Team Leader
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Vacancy - County Secretary

Thursday 19th January 2017

Applications are invited for the position of County Secretary Designate
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Handicaps and Rules


HANDICAPS

LADIES' HANDICAP SECRETARIES MEETING - There will be a meeting for Handicap Secretaries at Mount Pleasant Golf Club on 29th April at 1 pm.  An invitation has been sent to all ladies' handicap sectretaries on my mailing list, but if anyone else is interested in attending please contact me (see Info BLCGA Committee)

There are a couple of changes to both Handicapping and the Rules of Golf which came into place on 1 January 2017.  Firstly, England Golf have announced that they are enforcing Clauses 4.5b and 8.12 of the CONGU Unified Handicapping System.   These require players to return all scores in Non Qualifying Competitions.  It is hoped that this initiative will provide clubs with more information regarding the true ability of players, especially those who play a lot of their golf away from their Home club. This will give Handicap Committees more information on a player’s performance when carrying out the Annual Review. 

England Golf has produced an information document regarding these changes and a couple of templates for clubs to use; one for players to record their Non Qualifying scores and a second for Open organisers to report scores to clubs.  Copies of these documents have been forwarded to all Bedfordshire Ladies Handicap Secretaries.  For Open Competition organisers - Scores Return Form.   For individuals to keep a record of your NQ away scores - NQ Open Return Form.

Players will need to know that they now have a responsibility to report away scores in all AM/AM, 4BBB and team competitions.  Clubs will need to let their members know of this change and how they can report their scores from Non-Qualifying competitions back to their Home Club.  This can be something as simple as having a book or log in the Pro Shop or a central email address they can use.   Players who do not return these scores will be held accountable.  Clubs will need to hold on to this information for the current golfing year and one previous golfing year.

Although the responsibility to report scores back to the Home Club is the player’s, England Golf also requests that clubs return the scores of the top 5 places in Open competitions to the player’s or team’s Home Club.

Scores from outside the CONGU handicapping system, Texas Scrambles, Foursomes and Greensome competitions are not required to be reported.

Work towards a Worldwide Handicapping System is progressing well.  I hope to get further information soon and will pass it on when I hear any news.



RULES

The R&A and USGA have announced a new Local Rule which eliminates the penalty for a golfer who accidentally causes a ball to move on the putting green.  This Local Rule can be adopted by clubs for their own competitions, and will be adopted by The R&A and the USGA in all of their championships, qualifying competitions and international matches.  This Local Rule has also been incorporated into the 2017 England Golf Hard Card.  There is more news on the on the R&A web site.

Finally, I would like to offer Rules Seminars to ladies’ sections of Bedfordshire clubs.  I can offer two formats:

  • A clubhouse based session with some introductory information followed by an informal quiz; or
  • A practical session out on the practice ground with demonstration of rules situations.

Please contact me if you are interested in having such a meeting at your club.

Joan Cocksedge
​​BLCGA Handicap Advisor

LATEST ON RULES FOR THE FUTURE

The R&A and USPGA have been working on a fundamental change to the Rules of Golf that will come into place on 1 January 2019.  To see more on this topic go to the R&A web site using the link below.  There you will find draft Rules documents, videos and a summary of the proposed changes.  There is also the opportunity to feedback your views by taking part in a survey.


The latest England Golf Handicaps newsletter can be downloaded HERE

England Golf Q&A on recording Non - Qualifying Scores HERE







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