Only fully paid-up members of the Club who have an official WHS handicap index of up to the maximum of 54 for men and ladies, unless otherwise specified, may take part in these Club Competitions. All members must have a handicap index at the time of sign up to all knock out competitions on Intelligentgolf. Entrants must have entered a minimum of 3 qualifying or acceptable scores in the past 12 months to be eligible to play in competitions. Players with 1 or 2 acceptable scores may enter competitions (except knock outs) but will not be eligible for prizes.
Country members may play in and may win any Club Competition apart from knock-out competitions, subject to the handicap requirements above.
All knock out 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.
Men shall play from the white tees and ladies from the red tees unless stated otherwise.
KNOCK-OUT COMPETITIONS WITH HONOURS BOARDS
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.
1. Junior members with a handicap index of 54 may enter the competitions where eligibility for all categories applies. Boys will play from the white tees unless otherwise started and girls will play from the red tees
2. 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 except for the Vaughan Vases where they can play with 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 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 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.
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 Horace Rawlins Medal and the Club Stableford will comprise of 3 Divisions so that the number of players in each division is as equal as possible. Prize money will be allocated equally to each division. Apart from the Turkey Trot and the Cross Country, each division or competition prize pool will be divided 50%/30%/20% to the best three scores. The Turkey Trot and the Cross Country will pay a larger number of prizes when entries exceed 30 pairs, depending on the number of entries as follows. For more than 30 pairs, there will be four prizes divided 47.5%/27.5%/17.5%/7.5%. For more than 40 pairs, there will be five prizes divided 45%/25%/17.5%/7.5%/5%. For more than 50 pairs, there will be six prizes divided 42.5%/25%/15%/7.5%/6%/4%.
The prize money for knock-out competitions will be divided 70% to the winners, 30% to the runner up due to the small number of entries. The Captain’s Committee will review this on a regular basis should the numbers increase significantly in the future.
Prize monies will be allocated to the member’s bar card account.
Check in on IG (Intelligent Golf) - 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 - 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.
Summer Knockout Competitions
|Berry Bowls||Pairs better ball match play. Men must have a handicap index of 37.8 or less and ladies must have a handicap index of 39.5 or less. Use the card for the white course. Handicap allowance is 90% of course handicap. Ladies then add 2.5 strokes for course rating adjustment. Shots are taken from the lowest course handicap player.(Note: 100 % of the difference). Enter on IG. Ties decided by extra holes played in sequence from the first hole played, with handicap allowance as in first eighteen holes. Winners eligible to play in the Letchworth Salver.||F, C, 5|
Foursomes match play. No matches other than the final may be played on Saturdays or Sundays. Men must have a handicap index of 37.8 or less and ladies must have a handicap index of 39.5 or less. Use the card for the white course. Shots are the difference between 1/2 combined course handicap. Enter on IG. Ties decided by extra holes played in sequence from the first hole played, with handicap allowance as in first eighteen holes. Winners eligible to play in the Letchworth Salver.
|F, C, 5|
Winter Knockout Competitions
|Mid Herts Tankards||Foursomes match play. Men must have a handicap index of 37.8 or less and ladies must have a handicap index of 39.5 or less. Use the card for the white course. Shots are the difference between 1/2 combined course handicap. Enter on IG. Ties decided by extra holes played in sequence from the first hole played, with handicap allowance as in first eighteen holes. Winners eligible to play in the Letchworth Salver.||F, C, 5|
|Captain’s Day||Format decided by the current Captain||All categories|
|Cross Country||Pairs Stableford better-ball played on a modified course. 85% of course handicap. Ladies and girls then receive three additional shots that can be taken at any hole and after the hole has been played. All players play from the marked tees. Start from 1st or 8th holes according to the cross country scorecard. Juniors must have an adult included in their pairing||All categories|
|Club Stableford||Singles Stableford competition held on a weekend day. 95% of course handicap. Ladies then add 1 stroke to their playing handicap for par adjustment. Men use the card of the white course and ladies use the card of the red course. The results of the competition will be issued in 3 divisions.||All categories|
|Horace Rawlins Medal||
Singles Medal competition held on a weekend day. 95% of course handicap. Ladies then add 2.5 strokes to their playing handicap for course rating adjustment. Men use the card of the white course and ladies use the card of the red course. The results of the competition will be issued in 3 divisions.
Medal competition for teams of four. Each team playing a team medal to record one score at each hole.
All adult categories in any combination
Pairs stableford better-ball 85% of course handicap. Ladies then add 1 stroke to their playing handicap for par adjustment. Played on a Saturday in November. Men use the card of the white course and ladies use the card of the red course. Ties will be decided on card countback over the last 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes.
|All adult categories in any combination|
Family Foursomes Stableford played on first Bank Holiday in May. The two players in the pair must be related to each other and one must be an adult. Includes step children and unmarried partners living at the same address. They both must be club members to win the trophy but a related non-member, with a valid handicap index, may pay a green fee and play with a member in this competition and win the prize but not the trophy. Use the card for the white course. ½ combined course handicaps then ladies/girls add 1 stroke for par adjustment. Men, and junior boys with handicap index up to 15.3, use white tees. Junior boys with handicap index 15.4 to 54 use yellow tees Ladies and junior girls use red tees. Juniors do not pay a competition fee.
|Three Club Challenge||15 hole singles Stableford held on New Year’s Day. 95% of course handicap. Men use the card of the yellow course and ladies use the card of the red course. Ladies then add 1 stroke to their playing handicap for par adjustment. Juniors must have at least one adult member playing with them. Only two clubs and a regulation putter must be used. Holes not used are 7, 8, and 9.||All adult categories|