Conditions of Competitions (Men)

The following Men’s Club Conditions of Competition shall be deemed to have been made subject to, and in accordance with sub-clause 8.3.14 of the Rules and Regulations of the Men’s Club.

Conditions of Competitions (Rule 33-1)

The following conditions under which Club competitions are to be played have been drawn up by the Tournament Committee and approved by the Men’s Committee.  Members are advised to know and comply with them.

1. The Rules of Golf:

1.1. The Rules of Golf as approved by R & A Rules Limited and the U.S.G.A. in addition to Local Rules as made and published by the Men’s Committee shall apply to all competitions.
(Players should familiarise themselves with these rules, particularly Rule 6: Player's Responsibilities).

2. Eligibility:

2.0. Only players who meet the eligibility rules for certain competitions, as laid down by the Tournament Committee, may enter those competitions. (This Committee may waive restrictions in certain circumstances).
2.1.Ordinary Members, in their first calendar year of membership, are ineligible to win the Captain’s or President’s Prizes, and must have completed in a minimum of three Qualifying Competitions prior to competing in any future Captains’ Prizes.
2.2. In order to qualify to win any major prize (such as the Captains Prize, Presidents Prize, Lady Captains Prize, a Medal, a Prize of the Month, a Golfer of the Year Competition or a Hamper) or any other competitions may be decided by the Men’s Committee, an Ordinary Member must have competed in a minimum of three of the Club’s Qualifying Competitions in the Previous twelve months.

Five Day Members must also have competed in a minimum of three of the Club’s Qualifying Competitions, in which they are eligible to compete, in order to qualify to win a Hamper.
2.3. Country and Honorary Members are ineligible to win prizes in the President’s Prize, Captain’s Prize, Medals and Cup Competitions but may return a score for handicap purposes.
2.4. Five-Day Members fulfilling the handicap requirements are eligible to compete in the Corn Uí Cheallaigh (Club Championship) and the Intermediate Scratch Cup.
2.5. Intermediate members cannot compete in any format of Team Events unless they have played and returned completed scorecards in a minimum total of four Singles competitions  in either  the previous calendar year and the current year prior to the Team Event in case.
2.6. Intermediate members are ineligible to win the Captain’s Prize or the President’s Prize.
2.7. Intermediate members may play in all Singles competitions but will not be eligible to win a prize unless they have played and returned completed scorecards in a minimum total of four Singles competitions in either the previous calendar year and current year prior to the Singles event in case.
2.8. Junior Members with a handicap of 14 or less may play in all singles competitions (other than Captain’s Prize and President’s Prize), provided they are accompanied by at least one adult Member. Eligible Junior Members are permitted to book tee-times for the President’s Day and Captain’s Day, provided they have played in the Qualifying Round and returned a score inside the qualifying mark, for the purpose of returning a score for the Golfer of the Year competition only.
2.9. Junior Members with a handicap of 18 or less may play in all four-balls provided they are partnered by an adult Member, and in all team events provided there is at least one adult member for each Junior Member on a team.
2.10. All Junior Members may play in a combined maximum of 4 Invitation/ Semi-Open Mixed Foursomes competitions and only if accompanied by an adult Member. They may not play in other Club Mixed Competitions, except for Open competitions.
2.11. Junior members with a handicap of 19 or more may play in all Adult Semi-Open competitions, provided they are partnered by an adult and play off a maximum handicap allowance of 18.
2.12. Male Junior Members of affiliated golf clubs (i.e. Under 18 on the 1st November in the year of the competition) with a handicap of 18 or less may play in all Adult Invitation and Semi-Open competitions provided they are accompanied by an adult Member. Male Junior Members of affiliated golf clubs who are over 18 on the 1st November in the year of the competition may play off their official club handicaps.
2.13. Male Junior Members of affiliated golf clubs (i.e. Under 18 on the 1st November in the year of the competition) with a handicap of 14 or less may play in all Adult Open Singles competitions provided they are accompanied by at least one adult Member of an affiliated golf club. Male Junior Members of affiliated golf clubs who are over 18 on the 1st November in the year of the competition may play off their official club handicaps.
 

3. Motorised Buggies:

3.1.  Motorised golf buggies may only be used with the permission of the Men’s Committee and provided the player is in possession of a current medical certificate of disability signed by a Medical Doctor, Physiotherapist or Physical Therapist.
3.2.  If using own buggy, a copy of the relevant insurance certificate must also be submitted.
3.3.  The buggy may only be used by the person named on the certificates and may carry only his equipment and caddy. (Penalty for breach - Disqualification of the offending player/s).

4. Entry:

4.1. To enter a competition, a player must ensure that, before starting to play,
4.1.1. His name has been inserted in the official competition entry book, if required, or his card has been swiped or number inputted, and
4.1.2. His identifiable competition entry fee has been paid.
4.2. When competitions are designated 'prepaid', entry fee must be paid in advance in order to secure booking.
4.3. In the event of payment not having been made by the designated deadline, bookings will be scrubbed and times made available to other players.
4.4. Entry fee refunds for cancellations by players will only be made in the event of the vacant time being taken  up and at least 48 hours notice of withdrawal having been given.
4.5. Failure to swipe or input his entry in the computer for a Club 'singles' competition will result in the competitor not having an acceptable score either for competition or for handicap purposes.

5.  Times of Starting and Groups: (Rule 33-3)

5.1. The player shall start:
5.1.1. At the time laid down by the Tournament Committee, or if permitted by them:
5.1.2. At the time reserved on the advance time sheet, or in the absence of 5.1.1 or 5.1.2, 
5.1.3. In turn, on the basis of pairing off upon arrival.
5.2. Players shall not compete in a competition prior to the official start time, unless with advance permission from the Tournament Committee. Normal weekend starting time is 7.00a.m. in summer or the later set down time in winter.
5.3. Players shall not compete in a competition after the last tee-time indicated on the time sheet, unless with advance permission from the Tournament Committee.
5.4. Competitors shall remain throughout the round in the group arranged by the Tournament Committee unless that Committee authorises or ratifies a change.

6.  Match Play:

6.1. The conditions under which Club Match Play Competitions are to be played shall be laid down by the Tournament Committee and displayed on the advance time sheets and draw sheets.

7.  Time Sheets:

7.1.  When time sheets are in operation, players:
7.1.1. may reserve only one line, (i.e. a maximum of four name slots).
7.1.2. may not have the word partners or numbers displayed, (names only to be used).
          Exception: Opens, Semi-Opens & Invitations.
7.1.3. shall not insert names in unallocated time slots, (i.e. in buffer time slots).
7.1.4. shall not play unless they have an allocated time slot (i.e. may not cut in between groups).
7.1.5. should be present at the 1st tee, and ready to play, five minutes before their starting time.
7.1.6. must notify their opposition and partner in the time as laid down by the Tournament Committee if they are withdrawing from the time sheet, especially if the withdrawal leaves fellow competitors without opposition, or in the case of a team event leaves a member without a partner. (Reserving a time is a commitment to play with or mark for the other players at that time slot). Failure to notify their opposition and partner in the time as laid down by the Tournament Committee, or without reasonable explanation, will allow the opposition or partner the right to report a breach of the rule to the Tournament Committee for disciplinary action.
7.2 Should a member of the Club be reported to the Tournament Secretary for breach of Rule 7.1.6 the Tournament Committee has the right to discipline the offending member by informing that said member he will be ineligible to compete in the Club’s next competition (of a similar format). In the case of a second offence the competitor will be ineligible to compete in the Club’s next two competitions (of a similar format).
7.3 A member who withdraws his name from a timesheet after 10.00pm on the eve of the event, or fails to show on day of competition without a reasonable explanation, will have the entry fee for the competition deducted from his Competitions Account.

8. Handicapping Rules and Allowances:

8.1. The rules and allowances that shall apply for handicapping are: those prescribed by the Golfing Unions and set out in the CONGU Unified Handicapping System (latest revised edition). Players should familiarise themselves with the handicap system.
8.2. In all Club Competitions, including Semi-Open, Invitation and Open Competitions, as organised by the Tournament Committee, the only handicaps acceptable and recognised for prize eligibility, shall be for players of affiliated golf clubs. 
8.3. Male Junior Members of affiliated golf clubs (i.e. under 18 years of age on the 1st November in the year of the  competition) with a handicap of 18 or less may play in all Invitation and Semi-Open competitions provided they  are accompanied by an adult member. Male Junior Members of affiliated golf clubs who are over 18 years of age on the 1st November in the year of the competition may play off their official club handicaps.
8.4. Male Junior Members of affiliated golf clubs (i.e. under 18 years of age on the 1st November in the year of the  competition) with a handicap of 14 or less may play in all adult Open Singles competitions provided they are accompanied  by at least one adult member of an affiliated golf club. Male Junior Members of affiliated golf  clubs who are over 18 years of age on the 1st November in the year of the competition may play off their official club handicaps.

9. Teeing Grounds:

9.1. The competition tees are those as indicated in the official competition entry book.
9.2. The stipulated round commences from the first tee and consists of playing the holes of the course in the sequence prescribed by the Tournament Committee, unless otherwise authorised by them.
9.3. In mixed foursomes competitions, the man shall tee off at the 1st hole unless otherwise indicated by the organising Committee

10. Etiquette:

10.1. The rules regarding etiquette, as contained in SECTION 1 of the Rules of Golf, should be complied with at all times. In addition:
10.2. Competitors playing in an Inter-Club or Club Championship Match should, if practical, be extended the courtesy of being called through a slower group.
10.3. Players in a Club competition shall have priority over players who are not competing.
10.4. The maximum grouping allowed is four players, unless otherwise authorised by the Committee.

11. Pace of Play:

11.1. Groups shall play without delay in accordance with the pace of play guidelines as laid down by the Committee.
11.2. Players are expected to keep their place on the course by avoiding slow play - (Your place on the course is immediately behind the group ahead and not immediately in front of the following group).
11.3. If a group fails to keep its place on the course and loses more than one clear hole on the players in front, it should invite the group following to pass.
11.4. Slow play will be penalised under Rule 6-7.

12. Score Cards: (Rule 33-5)

12.1. In the absence of the Tournament Committee issuing score cards containing the date and competitor's name, all competitors are requested, by the Tournament Committee, to date and name their own cards.
12.2. In the absence of the Tournament Committee specifically appointing a ‘marker’ to check and record a competitor’s score, a fellow-competitor or another player may act as marker.
12.3. A competitor should not mark or alter his own score card. (The appointed marker is responsible for checking and recording the competitor’s score and for any alterations to the recorded scores).
12.4. Scores should be recorded on the score cards after each hole.
12.5. Score cards must be marked and signed before entering the locker room or Clubhouse. In adverse weather conditions, score cards may be signed in the Concourse.
12.6. Returned scores must not be disclosed to a player who has not started in the competition.
12.7. All ‘singles’ scores must be entered into the computer and the card returned as soon as possible after the round, whether the round is completed or not.
12.8. Failure to enter a score in the computer for a Club 'singles' competition will result in the competitor being ineligible to compete in the Club's  next 'singles' competition. In the case of a second offence the competitor will be ineligible to compete in the Club's next two 'singles' competitions.
12.9. NON-RETURNS IN QUALIFYING SINGLES COMPETITIONS.
The CONGU UHS recommendations will be enforced. You can view these online on ‘CONGU UHS Rules’. The 0.1 increase to handicaps will not apply if you fail to submit a completed score card or play less than 18  holes. Reasons such as inclement weather or fellow competitors abandoning a member during a round will not  be accepted. When a group decides to leave the course during a round they forfeit their entitlement to the 0.1 increase in handicap. If for a genuine and unforeseen reason you have to terminate your round early you should submit a written explanation to the Handicap Secretary within three days with an email to mensclub@clontarfgolfclub.ie being the preferred option. Brief excuses written on Score Cards are not  acceptable. If your Handicap Committee subsequently accepts your reason for a Non-Return or Partial-Return, the 0.1 increase to your handicap will then be processed.

13. Disputes and Rules of Golf:

13.1. Any dispute or doubtful point on the Rules shall be referred to the Tournament Committee, as soon as possible, whose decision shall be final (Rule 34-3).

14.  Decision of Ties: (Rule 33-6)

14.1. The manner in which ties are to be decided will be by matching the tied score cards to determine the winner based on count-back, as approved by R & A Rules Limited.
14.2. For 36 hole competitions, decide on last 18 holes and if still tied, proceed as per 18 hole matching below.
14.3. For 18 hole competitions, decide on last 9 holes--6--3--2--1 and if still tied, decide on last 3 holes--6--7--8 of first 9.
14.4. If this procedure does not produce a result, the winner will then be determined by lot. In the event of the Tournament Committee permitting play to start at the 10th tee, or 1st and 10th tees simultaneously, the last nine holes, for the purpose of deciding ties, will be from the 10th to 18th hole.

15. Prize Presentations:

15.1. Prize winners are expected to attend Prize Presentations as a courtesy to our Officers, Sponsors and Members whose generosity is much appreciated. If, due to exceptional circumstances, players are unable to be present to receive their prizes they should nominate another person to collect their prizes on their behalf.

16. Close of Competitions:

16.1 Scorecards for all competitions must be returned within 30 minutes after the last group in the competition has completed its final hole. (Penalty for returns posted after Close of Competition = Disqualification). 

17. General Conditions:

17.1. The Men’s and Ladies’ Committees have jointly declared, as a Condition of Competition, that on any day when a 'mixed' stroke play competition follows another competition, practice will be permitted on the competition course, prior to competing in the 'mixed' stroke competition. As per note to Rule 7-1(b) and confirmed by the R & A.
17.2. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to:
17.2.1. refuse any entry without assigning a reason.
17.2.2. correct any mistakes made in the checking of score cards.
17.2.3. alter the published competition or conditions of same if it is deemed necessary.
17.2.4. cancel a competition due to insufficient entries or to postpone or abandon it at any stage in exceptional   circumstances, if the Committee so decides.

MEN’S TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE 
January 2018