Match Play

2020 Match Play Competitions

Pairs Competition – £5 per person (£10 per pair)
Singles Competition – £5 per person
Members are asked to put the entrance fee into an envelope, write their name(s) and competition clearly on the outside of the envelope and place into the Match & Handicap pigeon hole of the cabinet.

Important: Members will NOT be entered into the draws if their club fee has not been paid by the closing date.

2020 Match Play Competitions

2020 Match Play Scratch

2020 Match Play Singles

2020 Match Play Pairs

Men’s Singles & Foursome Match Play Rules
All matches are to be played from the white competition tees
Players must check and declare their current playing handicap to their opponent
In the men’s single competition full handicap applies
In the men’s foursomes competition each pair adds up their handicaps and you work out the difference between the two totals. Divide this difference by two to get the number of shots the higher handicap pair receives from the lower handicap pair. Also known as “half the difference of the combined”.

Foursomes is a competition format in which a team is comprised of two players, and those two golfers alternate hitting the same ball (which is why Foursomes is also very commonly called “alternate shot”).

The first player tees off, the second player hits the second shot, the first player hits the third shot, and so on until the ball is holed. Players alternate hitting tee shots so that the same player doesn’t hit every drive.

Singles Handicap
Handicap 12 v Handicap 8 = 4 shots; So on holes with stroke index 1 to 4 the higher handicap 5 becomes and Nett 4 etc.

Pairs Handicap
Handicap 12 & Handicap 8 v Handicap 16 & Handicap 20; pair one have a combined handicap of 20 and pair two have a combined handicap of 36. Half the difference is then 8 [36-20=16, 16/2=8]. This allows the higher handicap pair to claim a one shot advantage on holes with stroke index 1 to 8. So on holes with stroke index 1 to 8 the higher handicap pair’s 5 becomes and Nett 4 etc.

After 18 holes and the match is all square you start at the first hole and the higher handicap(s) will have the same number of shots as if they are just starting the match.

All local rules in force for Saturday competitions will apply to each match.
Please check the club notice boards for details.

All rounds are to be completed on or before the notified date.
Any match played after the notified date will be considered null and void and result in disqualification from the competition.
Responsibility for arranging a match lies with all players named.
The players must make at least two attempts to arrange the match.
Matches should be arranged by agreement.

If players are unable to agree a convenient date to play it is assumed that the match will take place at 5.00pm on the last available playing date for that round. If a player or players do not present themselves at the first tee by 5.00pm on that date such persons will be disqualified from the competition.

All finals will be played on ‘Finals Day’ as notified by the committee .

Any queries or objections must be notified in writing to the Match and Handicap Committee

Harry Simpson
On behalf of the Match and Handicap Committee

Match Play Dispute
Question: I was playing a match play competition. My opponent and I disputed a rule. We could not agree and decided to continue playing the match and ask the Committee for a ruling when we finished. Is this the correct procedure?

Answer: Yes; The players should continue the match without delay (providing that there is no representative of the committee available within a reasonable time). You should then contact the Competition Organiser as soon as possible

The Committee can only consider a claim if the player making the claim notifies his opponent:-
(i) that he is making a claim (see below)
(ii) of the facts of the situation
(iii) that he wants a ruling

In order to make a claim the player must say “I am making a claim” or “that is not allowed it is a penalty”. Statements such as “I’m sure that not allowed” or “I don’t think that you can do that” do not by themselves constitute a valid claim.

The claim must be made before any player in the match plays from the next teeing ground or, in the case of the last hole, before all players have left the putting green.

A later claim can not be considered by the Committee, unless it is based on facts unknown to the player making the claim, and that he has been given wrong information e.g. when a player has declared a handicap higher than that to which he is entitled and this effects the number of strokes given or received. In this instance the player will be disqualified.