Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs

 Regulations for the County Meetings

1. Golf Meetings

Golf Meetings shall be held in each year at which there shall be competitions to decide the Championship of the County, the County Foursomes Championship, the Match—Play Championship, the Club Team Championship of the County, the Seniors’ Championship and the Boys’ Championship, the Junior Championship and Competitions under Handicap: the representative Champion of the County to be the Stroke- Play Champion. The Executive Committee shall have power to arrange for matches against other Counties as they deem fit and shall be empowered to arrange the date and the venue of the Championship and all the other tournaments.

2. Entry Qualifications

Unless otherwise specified, entry qualifications for County Championships events and County Teams shall be as follows:- A Player:

  1. Must be of Amateur Status as defined by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
  2. Must be a male Member of an Affiliated Golf Club in the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs OR must have been born in Cheshire and be a male Member of an Affiliated Club in another County:
  3. Must not have taken part in a Golf Championship (Stroke or Matchplay) of another County Union or have represented another County Union at Golf during the current calendar year.

All other competitions shall be confined to Amateur Players who are male Members of Clubs Affiliated to the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs.

3. Balloting Out:

Entry limits and balloting out arrangements for Championships shall be as determined by the Executive Committee, details of which being indicated on the respective posters.

4. County Championship

The Championship of the County shall be decided over 72 holes stroke-play, one round on the first day, the second round on the following day and the final two rounds on the third day. The 40 competitors and those tying for the 40th place returning the lowest totals over 36 holes will qualify for the final two rounds. The competitor returning the lowest gross score over 72 holes will receive the Championship Trophy and the runner-up will receive the Israel Sidebottom Trophy. The competitor with the leading score after the first two rounds will be awarded the Darlington Trophy. The leading Colt (age 22 years and under) with the lowest gross score over 72 holes in that category will receive the T. P. D. Taylor Cup. The leading Competitor aged 35 years or over (on first day of Championship) with the lowest gross score over 72 holes will receive a memento. Mementoes or prizes will be awarded in addition at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

5. Club Championship

Open only to Clubs Affiliated to the Cheshire Union. Each Club team shall consist of three players: Clubs may enter more than one team.
The Champion Club team shall be the team with the lowest aggregate scratch scoreover the qualifying rounds of the County Championship (36 holes) taking the best two scores out of three for each round.

6. Match-Play Championship

In the event of a Halved Match, play to continue until one player gains a hole. The winner will receive the Match-Play Trophy and memento, and prizes will be awarded to the runner-up and the beaten semi-finalists.

7. County Handicap Trophy

A Medal-Play Competition over 18 holes open only to members of Clubs Affiliated to the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs: Handicap limit as determined by the Committee. The winner will be the player with the lowest net score, and he will receive the O’Hanlon Trophy and memento. The runner-up and the player with the best Scratch Score will also receive prizes.

8. County Scratch Foursomes Championship / Victory Trophy (Handicap)

These Competitions, which are combined and played over 36 holes, are open only to Members of Clubs Affiliated to the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs.
Partners shall be Members of any Affiliated Club, there being no limit to the number of entries from any one Club.
The partnerships returning the lowest gross and net scores over 36 holes will receive the Prestwich Trophy and Victory Trophy respectively.
The winners and runners-up will receive mementos.

9. Seniors Championship

A 36 Hole Stroke-Play Competition open to all Players aged 55 and over on the day of the Championship. The winner with the lowest Scratch Score will receive the G. E. Northam Trophy. Prizes will also be awarded for the lowest net score, the runner-up in each case, and a prize for the lowest score of participants aged 65 and over.

10. Boys’ Championship

A 36 holes Scratch Stroke-Play competition open to Junior members aged under 18 years on 1st January of the current year. The winner will receive the Vice-Presidents’ Trophy and a memento.

11. Junior Championships

An 18 hole Scratch Stroke-Play competition open to players aged under 16 on the 1st January of the current year. The player with the lowest gross score will win the Under 16 S.P.H. Cookson / F. Griffiths Championship Trophy and a prize. The player aged under 14 on the 1st January of the current year with the lowest gross score will win the C. F. Caröe / S. P. H. Cookson under 14 Championship and a Prize. Players under 14 will be eligible to win both Championships. Prizes will be awarded to the player with the best nett score in each of the Championships, but a player will receive only one prize in this category.

12. The Committee

The Committee in charge of any competition shall have (in addition to the powers conferred on it by the Rules of Golf), power to modify the regulations governing the competitions if it considers that, owing to the condition of the course or insufficient light, the competition cannot conveniently be completed in accordance with the regulations in the proper time.

13. Competition Rules

The competitions shall be played according to the Rules of Golf as approved by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and the bye- laws of the Club on whose course the meeting is held, so far as they are approved by the Executive Committee.

14. Competition Arrangements

The Executive Committee of the Union shall be empowered to make all necessary arrangements for the County Meeting with the Committee of the Club on whose course the Meeting is to be held; they shall also be empowered to limit the number of competitors in the Amateur Championship or any other Tournament. The entrance fee for the Championship, and for all other Tournaments will be fixed by the Executive Committee.

15. Grants

Grants, as approved by the Finance and General Purposes Committee, for the expenses entailed at County Meetings shall be made by the Union to the Clubs on whose Courses the Meetings are held.

16. Ties

In the event of a Tie situation, the following shall apply:

  1. County Championship, Seniors Championship and Boys Championship
    A Play off over three holes previously approved by the Executive Committee. In the event of a further tie, the match to continue hole by hole until decided. Ties for Second and Third places and other awards will be decided as in Sections (c) and (d).
  2. Club Team Championship
    The third score total for each round will be taken into account and decided  on the 36-hole aggregate. If a tie still arises the result to be decided on the lowest score for the second 18 holes or 9 or 6 or 3 or 1, thereafter the score for the first round shall be treated in the same way until a decision is reached.
  3. Other 72 and 36 hole Competitions
    Will be decided on the score for the last 18 holes or 9 or 6 or 3 or 1, in that order.
  4. 18 hole Competitions
    Will be decided on the score forthe last 9 holes or 6 or 3 or 1, in that order. If a tie still arises, the score forthe first 9 holes shall be treated in the same way.

Note: In a Handicap Strokeplay event the handicap to be applied shall be proportionate to the number of holes being considered.

17. Disputes

All disputes shall be settled by the Executive Committee, or by a Sub-Committee appointed by the Executive Committee for that purpose and their decision shall be Final.






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