ELIGIBILITY

Only fully paid-up members of the Club who have an official WHS handicap index of 54 or less, unless otherwise specified, may take part in Club Competitions. To be eligible to win prizes entrants to invitation competitions (Am guests etc.) must have an officially recognised WHS handicap index. Players who do not have a handicap index may not enter.   All members must have a handicap index at the time of sign up to all knock out competitions on Intelligentgolf. Handicap restrictions may apply to some competitions. Entrants must have entered/recorded a minimum of 6 qualifying or acceptable scores in the past 12 months to be eligible to win trophies or board competitions.  Players with less than 6 acceptable scores may enter board competitions (except knock outs) but will not be eligible for the award of trophies but may still win prize money.

Where limits on handicap index under 54 are specified for eligibility for the award of a Trophy a player with a handicap index above that specified may still enter, with no handicap index restriction, and participate in that competition. A player with a handicap index above that eligible for the Trophy will still be eligible to win any prize money that may be awarded. This exception does not apply to knock out competitions or the Centenary Cup where handicap index limits apply for entry.

Country members may play in and may win any Club Competition apart from knock-out competitions, subject to the handicap requirements above.

GENERAL ARRANGEMENTS

All singles stroke play events (Medal, Stableford, Bogey) will be run as Qualifying Competitions for handicap purposes unless playing conditions for such competitions cannot be provided, or if some other consideration arises. Players will not be able to withdraw on the day of the competition. The Halsey Cup is a medal knock out competition and it is mandatory that players medal cards are entered for handicap after each tie is completed.

All matches must be played by the date indicated for the round. The Competition Secretary will disqualify competitors not complying. THE CAPTAIN’S COMMITTEE WILL NOT ALLOW EXTENSIONS TO INDIVIDUAL MATCHES but may extend rounds if unusual ground conditions close the course.

TEES

All men’s competitions are played from White tees unless stated otherwise.

KNOCK-OUT COMPETITIONS WITH HONOURS BOARDS

Men’s knock-out competitions, where the names of the winner(s) are inscribed on an honours board in the Clubhouse, will always be organised so that the winner(s) will face at least four matches. If a competition has fewer than 16 entries, league matches will be arranged to achieve that.

JUNIORS

1. Junior members with a handicap index of 54 or less may enter Monthly Weekend and Monday Medal/Stableford Competitions. They may also play in the Eclectic.

2. Junior members with a handicap index of 54 or less may enter specified other Club competitions. Scorecards can be issued from the Hub where full information regarding competitions will be available.

3. Junior members playing in adult Club competitions must play with and have their cards marked by an adult member who is eligible for the competition and who ideally is not a parent.

4. Juniors playing in Club competitions will not pay an entry fee and may not win monetary prizes including vouchers.

5. Competitions run exclusively for Juniors are organised by the Junior organiser.

RESOLUTION OF TIES

Ties in Matchplay Competitions will be decided by extra holes, sudden death, played in sequence from the 1st hole played in the match, with handicap strokes allocated as in the first 18 holes.

Ties in stroke play competitions, except for the Royds Cup, will be resolved by card countback over the last 9, 6, 3 or 1 hole(s). In the case of Medal competitions, the countback will be after deducting the appropriate proportion of the course handicap from the gross score of those holes.

Royds Cup to be decided on a four hole playoff on holes 1, 2, 17 and 18. If that does not produce a result then sudden death over the same four holes. If the result is still a tie, there will be joint winners and sharing of the prize money.

PRIZE MONEY

The prize pool for each competition will comprise the total entry fees paid, less a deduction of 20%, divided equally between the Club and a fund to maintain the honours boards in the clubhouse.
The prize pool in all one-day weekend singles competitions, except the Summer Stableford Series, will be divided equally between Division 1 and Division 2. The two divisions will be determined according to handicap index, except where there are fewer than twenty entries, in which case there will be only one division. Foursomes, pairs competitions and the Monday Medal/Stableford, held on a single day, will comprise one division only. Each division or competition prize pool will be divided 50%/30%/20% to the best three scores.

For the Summer Stableford Series, the amount available for prizes from each daily competition comprises the total entry fees paid less a deduction of 20%, as noted above. £0.50 from each entry fee will then be reserved to create the prize pool for the Final. Prizes will be paid in one division only for each of the Series events divided 50%/30%/20% to the best three scores.

The prize money for most knock-out competitions will be divided 50% to the winner, 30% to the runner up and 10% to each losing semi-finalist. For knock-out competitions with traditionally small entries, namely the Winter Scratch Trophy, the winners will receive 70% of the prize pool and the runners up 30%.

For the Centenary Cup the Prize money allocation will be 70% to the winner and 30% to the runner up unless the number of entrants exceeds 25 then third place will be included  with the prize pool divided 50%/30%/20%.

Prize monies will be allocated to the member’s bar card account.

COMPETITIONS

Check in on IG - entry fees will be deducted from your account. The categories of membership eligible for entry to a particular competition are indicated by the following letter code:

  • F  - Full
  • C  - Cadet
  • 5  - Five-day - must pay a weekend green fee. 5 Day members playing knock out matches must make themselves available to play at weekends and pay the green fee if required.
  • Cty  - Country
  • J  - Junior (Special conditions for Junior entries)
  • Flexible & Lifestyle members - may not play in club knockout competitions but may play in other competitions and win prize money but cannot be declared the winner of a ‘Board or Trophy’ competition.

 In addition, please refer to the General Notes on Competitions and the General Rules of Play & Etiquette.

 General Competitions

Competition Format Open to
Monthly Weekend Medal/Stableford

First Saturday/Sunday of each month, in two divisions according to handicap. Stroke play, 2 & 3 balls only. Maximum handicap index of 54 is eligible. White tees 95% of course handicap. No fourballs except for club knock-out matches, which must start after 3pm. Juniors may enter if handicap index of 54 or less and do not pay an entry fee or collect prize money or vouchers or shop credit. Ties decided by card count back over the last 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes after deducting the appropriate proportion of the ‘Playing Handicap’ from the gross score for those holes. For the back 9, half; for the back 6, one third; for the back 3, one sixth and for the last hole, one eighteenth. Count back for Stableford competitions is based upon nett stableford score on 9, 6, 3 and last hole.

Prizes awarded in 2 divisions. Handicap index of scratch and below to 11.2 and 11.3 to 54. Or Course handicaps scratch and below to 13 and 14 to 60.

F, C, Cty, 5, J, Lifestyle, Flexible

Monday Medal/Stableford

As Monthly Medal/Stableford and 2/3 balls only allowed on the course.

Prizes awarded in 1 division.
All categories

 Summer Knockout Competitions

Competition Format Open to
Bowen Trophies Men’s pairs knockout. Fourball better ball match play. Players must have a handicap index of 25.3 or less to enter. Playing handicap is 90% of course handicap.  White tees. Ties decided by extra holes played in sequence from the first hole played, with handicap allowance as in first eighteen holes. Maximum handicap index is 25.3 F, C, 5
Challenge Cup

Men’s knockout. Singles match play. Players must have a handicap index of 25.3 or less to enter. Full course handicap difference. White tees. Ties decided by extra holes played in sequence from the first hole played, with handicap allowance as in first eighteen holes. Maximum handicap index is 25.3

F, C, 5
Halsey Cup Men’s single medal round played off 95% course handicap. Players must have a handicap index of 25.3 or less to enter. White tees. Ties will be decided on card countback over the last 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes. Ties decided after deducting the appropriate proportion of the ‘Playing Handicap’ from the gross score for those holes. For the back 9, half; for the back 6, one third; for the back 3, one sixth and for the last hole, one eighteenth. Players must submit their cards for handicap purposes. Maximum handicap index is 25.3 F, C, 5

 Winter Knockout Competitions

Competition Format Open to
Horace Rawlins Cup Men’s singles knockout match play competition. Eligible for handicaps index of 7.9-25.3. Full course handicap difference. White tees. Ties decided by extra holes played in sequence from the first hole played, with handicap allowance as in first eighteen holes.  F, C, 5, J
Moxham Trophies Men’s pairs knock out foursomes match play competition. Players must have a handicap index of 25.3 or less to enter.  Qualifier for Daily Mail foursomes. ½ difference of combined course handicap. White tees. Ties decided by extra holes played in sequence from the first hole played, with handicap allowance as in first eighteen holes. Maximum handicap index is 25.3 F, C, 5
Paulian Jugs Greensomes match play. Players must have a handicap index of 25.3 or less to enter. Played on 4-ball side of the course. Handicap Full difference between course handicaps calculated as .6 of lower handicap plus .4 of higher handicap. White tees. Maximum handicap index is 25.3 F, C, 5
Winter Scratch Trophy Knock out match play for men off scratch. Handicap index of 7.8 and below eligible. White tees. Ties decided by extra holes played in sequence from the first hole played F, C, 5, J

 Other Competitions

Competition Format Open to
Anderson Trophy Stableford competition on a Sunday in June. Players must have a handicap index of 25.3 or less to be eligible for the award of the Trophy. 95% course handicap. White tees. Ties decided on card countback over the last 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes.  F, C, Cty, J
Captain’s Prize Format decided by the current Captain. F, C, Cty, 5
Centenary Cup

Best 4 weekday and weekend medal scores returned (April – Sept) excluding medal knockout rounds. Players must have a handicap index of 25.3 or less to enter. In the event of a tie the highest position will be based on fewest round played, then lowest gross score recorded then combined lowest two gross scores recorded. The winner of this event shall be offered the opportunity to represent the club in the Herts Member’s Cup. 

F, C, Cty, 5, J
Coxon-Sale Cup

Medal on first Sunday in April. 95% course handicap, White tees.. To be eligible for the award of the title of the Coxon Sale winner players must have a handicap index of 25.3 or less and be a past overall winner of a Monthly Weekend Medal or Stableford competition over the previous 12 months. Members who do not qualify for the Coxon Sale may still enter the medal competition where the rules and eligibility will apply as for the Monthly Medal or Stableford Competitions noted as above.Ties decided on card countback over the last 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes after deducting the appropriate proportion of the playing handicap from the gross score for those holes. For the back 9, half; for the back 6, one third; for the back 3, one sixth and for the last hole, one eighteenth. 

F, C, Cty, 5, J
Edinburgh Stableford

Modified greensomes Stableford held on the last Sunday of January. Pair must elect that one plays the second shot on even holes, the other on odd holes. 0.6 of lower handicap plus 0.4 of higher course handicap. White tees. Ties decided on card countback over the last 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes. 

F, C, Cty, 5
Eric Sim Trophy Summer Eclectic, Stableford, Wednesday evenings, April-September. 12 holes rotating each evening. 95% course handicap, two twelve-week series. Winners of the two series play off for trophy. Held in conjunction with a 9 hole qualifier over holes 10-18 every third week. White tees. All categories
Grandfather’s Cup Stableford competition held on a Saturday in June. Must be a Grandfather. 95% handicap. White tees. Ties decided on card countback over the last 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes.  F, Cty, 5
Hampden Bowl Medal held on first Sunday in August. 95% handicap. White tees. Players must have a handicap index of 25.3 or less to be eligible for the award of the Trophy.  Ties decided on card countback over the last 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes after deducting the appropriate proportion of the 'Playing Handicap' from the gross score for those holes. For the back 9, half; for the back 6, one third; for the back 3, one sixth and for the last hole, one eighteenth.  F, C, Cty, 5, J
Nunn Scratch Trophy Played with May ‘Monthly Medal’ same day as Silver Bowl. Awarded to best gross score. White tees. Ties decided on card countback over the last 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes after deducting the appropriate proportion of the 'Playing Handicap' from the gross score for those holes. For the back 9, half; for the back 6, one third; for the back 3, one sixth and for the last hole, one eighteenth. 95% of course handicap. F, C, Cty, 5, J
President’s Plates

Foursomes Stableford. 1/2 combined course handicap difference. Players must have a handicap index of 25.3 to be eligible for the award of the President’s Plates. White tees. Ties decided on card countback over the last 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes. 

F, C, Cty, 5, J
Royds Cup

Club Championship. 36 hole stroke play played off scratch. White tees. Played in handicap order, lower handicaps off 10th in morning, then 1st in afternoon. Ties decided on four hole play-off over holes 1,2,17 and 18. If no result, sudden death over same holes. 

F, C, Cty, J
Scriven-Jeffries Trophy 36 hole stroke play played off 95% handicap. Players must have a handicap index of 25.3 or less to enter.  White tees. Played in conjunction with Royds Cup. Played in handicap order, lower handicaps off 10th in morning, then 1st in afternoon. Ties decided on card countback over the last 18, 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes after deducting the appropriate proportion of the ‘Playing Handicap’ from the gross score for those holes. For the back 9, half; for the back 6, one third; for the back 3, one sixth and for the last hole, one eighteenth F, C, Cty, 5, J
Silver Bowl Medal competition held in May for men, played same day as Nunn Trophy Eligible for players with handicap index of 10.4 to 25.3 for the award of the Silver Bowl.  95% course handicap. White tees. Ties decided on card countback over the last 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes after deducting the appropriate proportion of the ‘Playing Handicap’ from the gross score for those holes. For the back 9, half; for the back 6, one third; for the back 3, one sixth and for the last hole, one eighteenth.  F, C, Cty, 5, J
Silver Goblets Foursomes medal competition held on a Sunday. Half combined handicap. White tees. Players must have a handicap index of 25.3 or less to be eligible for the award of the Silver Goblets.  Ties decided on card countback over the last 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes after deducting the appropriate proportion of the ‘Playing Handicap’ from the gross score for those holes. For the back 9, half; for the back 6, one third; for the back 3, one sixth and for the last hole, one eighteenth.  F, C, Cty, 5, J
Sladen Salver Stableford competition held on a Sunday in July. Eligibility, age 55 and over. 95% handicap. Players must have a handicap index of 25.3 to be eligible for the award of the Trophy. White tees. Ties decided on card countback over the last 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes. The first three in this event shall be offered the opportunity to represent the club in the Herts Senior Champion Club competition. F, Cty, 5
Summer Stableford Series Singles stableford competitions held on selected weekend days April-September when there are no other qualifying competitions held. 95% handicap. Fourballs allowed on the course all day. The three players with the best four aggregate scores play off in a final in October. Ties in selecting the three finalists resolved by (a) who played the fewest rounds in the Series; (b) the highest single round score; (c) the highest combined two round score; (d) by card countback on the back 9, 6, 3, then 1 holes on each player’s best round. Ties in the final resolved by card countback on the back 9. 6. 3 then 1 holes. Maximum handicap index is 54  F, C, Cty, 5, J, Lifestyle, Flexible
Turner Tassie

Bogey competition on a Sunday in October. Match play against the course. 95% handicap. . Players must have a handicap index of 25.3 or less to be eligible for the award of the Trophy. White tees. Scoring is zero on a hole where net par is attained, Plus one for a score better than net par, Minus one for score worse than net par. Ties decided on card countback over the last 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes.

F, C, Cty, 5, J
Tom Brown Trophy

Stableford competition held on the same Sunday in July as the Sladen Salver. Eligibility aged 18-40 inclusive. 95% course handicap. . Players must have a handicap index of 25.3 or less to be eligible for the award of the Trophy.  White tees. Ties decided on card countback over the last 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes. 

F, C, Cty, 5

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