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Changes to the CONGU UHS have recently been announced.
The changes come into effect on the 1st of January 2018.
There will be no new hard copy of the CONGU Manual, but an updated online version will be available on the CONGU website.
A full summary of the changes are posted at the following link: http://www.congu.co.uk/congu-changes-2018/
The summary represents the substantive changes for 2018; Other changes, which are largely for clarification purposes, will be highlighted in the online documentation.
The Competition Committee has laid down the following conditions under which club competitions are to be played. Members as advised to know and comply with them.
The Rules of Golf, as set down by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and Local Rules as made and published by the Committee shall apply to all competitions. (Players should familiarise themselves with these rules, particularly Rule 6 : Player’s Responsibility).
All players should familiarize themselves with these rules, and CONGU® UHS (2016 – 2018) Clause 8, which also deals with Responsibilities of the Player
Only player who meet the eligibility rules for certain competitions, as laid down by the Committee, may enter those competitions. (The Committee may waive restrictions in certain circumstances).
To enter a Competition, a player must ensure that, before starting play;
(a) His name has been inserted on the official competition entry sheet and
(b) His identifiable competition entry fee has been paid.
The player shall start:
(a) At the time laid down by the Committee or, if permitted by them
(b) At the time reserved on the advance timesheet or in the absence of (a) and (b) above,
(c) In turn on the basis of pairing-off upon arrival.
Competitors shall remain throughout the round in the group arranged by the committee unless the Committee authorises or ratifies the change.
The conditions under which Club Match Play Competitions are to be played shall be laid down by the committee and displayed on the advance timesheets and/or draw sheets.
When timesheets are in operation, players:
(a) May reserve a maximum of four name slots (not four lines)
(b) May not have the word partners or numbers displayed (Names only to be used).
(c) Should be present at the 1st tee and ready to play five minutes before their starting time.
(d) Must notify their opposition and each playing partner in good time if they are withdrawing from the time sheet or competition. (Reserving a time is a commitment to play with the other players at that time slot).
The rules and allowances that shall apply for handicapping are:
Those prescribed by the Golfing Union of Ireland and set out in CONGU® UHS (2016 – 2018) Clause 8, which deals with Responsibilities of the Player.
N.B. In all club competitions, including Semi-Open and Open-Competitions, as organised by the committee, the only handicaps acceptable and recognised for prize eligibility, shall be for players of affiliated golf clubs.
The competition tees are those as indicated on the official competition entry sheet. The stipulated round commences from the first tee and consists of playing the holes of the course in the sequence prescribed by the committee, unless otherwise authorised by them. When novates are in operation, players must tee off from within the area of the Novatee, but not in front of the tee-markers.
The rules regarding etiquette, as contained in Section (1), The Rules of Golf, should be complied with at all times. In addition:
(a) Competitors playing in an Inter-Club or Club Championship Match should, if practical, be extended the courtesy of being called through a slower group.
(b) Players in club competitions shall have priority over others who are not competing.
(c) No more than four players are allowed to play together in one group, unless otherwise authorised by the Committee.
Players are expected to keep their place on the course by avoiding slow play. (Players are reminded that their place on the course is immediately behind the group in front – not immediately in front of the group behind. 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 through. Slow play may be penalised under Rule 6-7 of the Rules of Golf.
In the absence of the Committee issuing score cards containing the players name and the date of the competition, all competitors are requested by the committee to date and name their own cards. In cases where the Committee has not specifically appointed a marker to check and record a competitor’s score, a fellow competitor or another player will act as marker.
(a) A competitor should not mark or alter his scorecard. (The appointed marker is responsible for checking and recording the competitor’s score and for any alterations to the recorded score.
Any dispute or query relating to the Rules shall be referred to the Competitions Committee as soon as possible whose decision shall be final. (Rule 34-3).
The manner in which ties are decided will be by matching the tied score cards to determine the winner based on count-back, as approved by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrew.
If this fails to produce a result, the winner will be decided by lot. , the last nine holes, for the purpose of deciding ties, will be from the 10th to 18th hole.
Prize winners are expected to attend prize presentations as a courtesy to our Officers and Sponsors whose generosity is much appreciated. If, due to exceptional circumstances a person is unable to be present to receive a prize, he should nominate another person to collect the prize on his behalf.
The committee reserve the right:
(a) To correct any mistakes made in the checking of score cards.
(b) To alter the published competition or conditions of same if it is deemed necessary.
(c) To cancel a competition due to insufficient entries or to postpone or abandon it at any stage in exceptional circumstances, if the Committee so decides.
Although the rain pours and the course is battered by one storm after another I must bring you to things Christmassy.
The Christmas snooker tournament will run from 1st Nov 2017, concluding with the grand final on 17th December, all are welcome to enjoy this primarily fun tournament.
The current champion is Tommy O’Brien, with runner up Paul O’Donoghue, we look forward to seeing both in the competition.
The system is run on a handicap basis, singles format and each round is knockout. The early rounds are single frame changing to best of 3 from the quarter final round.
Entry is limited to 64, a sheet will be available at the bar and the fee is €5 in an envelope, to the bar staff please.
The draw will be published on 30th October and posted in the Bar.
Looking forward to a good fun competition.
For any queries please contact Tommy O’Brien or Mark Walls.
Yours in Golf and Snooker
Tommy and Mark
We would like to thank all members, and guests, for your support of our joint Charity Day. We were very pleased with the large number of members who participated in the Competitions of the day and, who made donations, without whose support the Day (and night) would not have been the success it was. In thanking all participants we would also like to acknowledge the many members who contributed to the planning of the day and the competitions, Paul O’Neill and Mary Browne and their respective teams of volunteers, Ian McGloughlin and his team for organising the social support program and those who assisted on the day in any way, accepting entries, selling Raffle Tickets, Mulligans, Nearest-the-pin entries and those who presented prizes. Overall it was a marvellous team event and hopefully an enjoyable day for all.
We are delighted to report that proceeds of the day amounted to €5,400 which will be divided equally between our chosen Charities, St Michael’s House and SOSAD, both active in our local community.
Presentation of the cheques, in the amount of €2,700 each, is scheduled for 8.30 pm on the evening of the Annual Prize-giving on Saturday October 28th. We look forward to a full attendance.
Again, many thanks to you all for your generous support, which we very much appreciated and will no doubt provide much needed financial assistance to both Charities.
Yours in Golf,
Nuala MacMahon, Lady Captain
Peter Donnelly, Captain
The Annual Presentation of Prize’s Night will be held on the 28th October at 8.30pm to congratulate and celebrate with those that won our major competitions throughout the year.
We plan to celebrate in to the early hours with entertainment arranged by our Social Committee to the sounds of “ JAKKI “ who will sing for us on the night.
The caterer is preparing a menu for the night for those that want to dine that evening.
The Menu when confirmed will follow. To book your table contact Tommy on 849 3135.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the night
Austin Gill & Mary Concannon
Men’s & Ladies Committees
Our latest publication ‘What We Do’ is now available. It details the role and work of the GUI for golf in Ireland, as well as providing key statistics and information on the industry generally.
The guide can be viewed at https://www.golfnet.ie/news/gui/2737/the-gui-what-we-do
A series of questions will be put to clubs on changes to current inter-club events and the introduction of new competitions to broaden appeal at this year’s Annual Delegates’ Meetings (ADMs) in November.
The proposals for change, which will ultimately be decided upon by the Union’s member clubs at these meetings, come after a lengthy review process which involved a survey of 4,000 golfers, a focus group of 12 golf club members and a series of internal discussions between the Provincial Councils and the Union’s Rules & Competitions Committee.
In an acknowledgement of the competitive gulf between the AIG Senior and Junior Cups and the evolution of standards in these competitions since their introduction over 100 years ago, the Connacht, Leinster and Munster Provincial Councils will ask clubs to vote on a change in the handicap limit of the AIG Junior Cup from 5 to 4.
The Connacht and Munster Provincial Councils will also propose a series of motions seeking to introduce concomitant changes in the other handicap-based competitions, in which the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield individual handicap limit would be lowered from 6 to 5, with the minimum combined handicap to be lowered from 17 to 15. A further proposal from the Munster Council would lower the AIG Pierce Purcell Shield individual handicap limit from 12 to 11, with the maximum combined handicap to be lowered from 27 to 25.
The final of these handicap-based motions will also ask clubs to vote on changes to the GUI All-Ireland Four-Ball competition, lowering the individual handicap limit from 16 to 15 and that of the pair from 36 to 34.
The Leinster Provincial Council will propose a motion seeking to amend the format of the Pierce Purcell Shield from Foursomes to Scotch Foursomes, a format where two players play from the tee with the better tee-shot then being selected and alternate shots being played from then until the completion of the hole.
In addition, the Leinster, Ulster and Connacht Provincial Councils will co-sponsor a motion seeking the introduction of a new All-Ireland inter-club competition for over-55s, while the Leinster and Connacht Councils will join together to propose a motion to introduce a new All-Ireland inter-club nett competition for junior golfers under 18 years of age, which would replace the current Junior Foursomes competition.
The Provincial Councils will publish specific rationales for the motions being proposed ahead of the meetings at which the votes will be taken. All in all, however, the motions seek to respond to an identified need for new competitions to appeal more broadly to the golfing population while enhancing the competitive profile of the current events.
Golf Club members are encouraged to discuss the proposed changes – and indeed to encourage their Clubs to propose their own should they have views on how the events should change. Clubs have already been notified of the deadline for motions by their Branch Offices – these are 16th October (Leinster), 17th October (Connacht), 18th October (Munster) and 19th October (Ulster), with each falling 42 days before the relevant ADM.
The changes will be voted on under a new voting system this year, with every club casting one ballot weighted based on the number of delegates they are entitled to send to the meeting.
In a departure from previous years, every single vote cast at each of the four Annual Delegates’ Meetings will be counted and the overall result will determine whether these changes are introduced.
The motions in full:
1. That the form of play for the AIG Pierce Purcell Shield be modified to Scotch Foursomes.
Proposed by the Leinster Provincial Council
2. That the Union introduce a new All-Ireland Seniors Inter-Club team event for golfers over the age of 55
Proposed by the Leinster, Connacht and Ulster Provincial Councils
3. That the Union introduce a new nett Under-18 Inter-Club event for five-man teams with full handicaps applying, to replace the Junior Foursomes
Proposed by the Leinster and Connacht Provincial Councils
4. That the lower handicap limit of the AIG Junior Cup be reduced from 5 to 4.
Proposed by the Connacht, Leinster and Munster Provincial Councils
5. That, in the Jimmy Bruen Shield, the handicap limits be adjusted as follows:
Lowest individual reduced from 6 to 5
Lowest combined reduced from 17 to 15
Proposed by the Connacht and Munster Provincial Councils
6. That, in the Pierce Purcell Shield, the handicap limits be adjusted as follows:
Lowest individual reduced from 12 to 11
Lowest combined reduced from 27 to 25
Proposed by the Connacht and Munster Provincial Councils
7. That, in the GUI Four-Ball Inter-Club Championship, the handicap limits be adjusted as follows:
Lowest individual reduced from 16 to 15
Lowest combined reduced from 36 to 34
Proposed by the Connacht and Munster Provincial Councils
As you maybe aware the GUI and the ILGU have been working towards having One Governing Body for golf in Ireland. Set out below is the Report on Phase Two Consultations.OGB Briefing and Feedback Report