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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.
The FINAL DAY for Juveniles and Juniors is now Thursday 17th August 2017.
The original date for the Final Day was 24th but with the schools returning earlier than first advised we have switched the date to the 17th August. We the Junior Committee apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Like last year we will be having our special pick out prizes which are well worth winning. To qualify for these prizes you must have played four times during the year and be present when that draw takes place. If your name is drawn and you are not attending we will draw again.
We look forward to seeing all our young members that day and there will be burger and chips, chicken and chips or sausage and chips along with a drink for all players.
Moms and Dads, you are more than welcome to attend the prize giving which we hope will take place between 3pm and 3.30 pm. There will be class prizes for boys and also 18 and 9 hole prizes for girls along with the Challenge Cup for Boys under 18 years of age and the best Gross Cup for girls. We will also award the best young club person of the year trophy.
We look forward to seeing as many as possible on the day and trust that it has been an enjoyable summer for all our young members.
We are delighted to advise that we will host a family day in the Golf Club from 2 PM on Monday 7th August for all juveniles/juniors and Cadets. We will have a 9 hole scramble on the front 9 until 4PM.
For parents or guardians who wish to play you do not have to be a member of the Club but it would be great if you had a handicap.
If you do not have one maybe granny or grandad or aunt or uncle has one and would play.
The time sheet will open on Thursday 27th July and we will have one juv/jun with a handicap of 0 to 28 and one juv/jun with a handicap of 29 to 54 on each team and each junior will have an adult so we will have a Team of four.
Lets get to meet each other and help develop an even better Club spirit among our young members.
For our cadets and younger family members we will have a fun day with different competitions on the practice ground from 3.30PM like putting and chipping.
We will have a burger/chicken and a drink for all children. This is your day so lets make the most of it and trust that everybody enjoys themselves.
We look forward to seeing as many as possible on the day.
If you require any further information please contact one of our Junior Committee members –
Mary Kenny Club Junior Officer
Elaine Mc Gloughlin Girls Junior Convener
Gerry Cullen Boys Junior Convener
Starting Sun 9th July, 40 Cadets will be using the practice ground, putting green, 1st hole and 10th hole starting 6.30pm with Cadet Convenors and parents/helpers.
Congratulations to our Junior members, Ethan McGarry and Paul Wilde along with 2 other students from Skerries Community College, who won the Student Enterprise Programme Innovation Award for 2017 for the course stroke saver they produced. The stroke saver is now part of the welcome pack for all new Juveniles and Juniors