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Men’s Club – Vacancies for Course Raters in Leinster

Leinster Golf wishes to recruit Volunteers to undertake the positions of Course Raters for the USGA Course Rating System.

Leinster Golf is the largest of the four Provincial Branches within the Golfing Union of Ireland with responsibility for 151 affiliated male clubs. The purpose of Leinster Golf is to provide a planned, efficient and cost effective service to the clubs and its members, this includes allocating Standard Scratch Scores to courses in the Province.

Course Rating is based on the performance of a ‘Notional Scratch Golfer’ to provide a Standard Scratch Score (S.S.S.). It is also based on the performance of a ‘Notional Bogey Golfer’ to provide a Slope Rating. The system enables Standard Scratch Scores and Slope Ratings to be established for golf courses throughout the Province. Courses are re-rated every ten years unless there are major alterations during the intervening period.

There are currently five Course Rating Teams in operation and vacancies exist on a number of teams throughout the Province. Each team has a Team Leader who co-ordinates visits to clubs and reports to Leinster Golf with their findings. Full training will be provided by Leinster Golf.


• To undertake course inspections with a Team approximately six times per annum within commuting distance of home.
• To complete USGA Course Rating forms.

Key Attributes

• Willing to learn about the USGA Course Rating System
• Willing to attend training days
• Availability weekdays during the period April-September
• Computer literate
• Aptitude for the game of golf
• A member of a golf club in Leinster

Key Benefits to getting involved

• The opportunity to make new friends in golf
• A chance to visit new courses
• Help make a difference to Leinster Golf
• Gain experience at Course Rating and learn new skills
• Travelling and food expenses refunded by Leinster Golf.

If you are interested in applying for one of these voluntary roles, please submit your interest on the attached application form Application Form Course Raters.pdf preferably by email to teresa@leinster.gui.ie or post to Teresa Thompson (Executive Officer), Leinster Golf, Carton Demesne, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

Applications close on Wednesday 7th March 2018.

Men’s Winter League 2018

The Winter League is Back.

Commencing January 6th and running every Saturday and Sunday until February 25th this takes in 8 weekends (16 competitions)

Competition Entry:  €5.00  (Total Value of entry is for the prizes/ Vouchers). Number of teams and number of players per team to be decided based on numbers entering the league.

Hopefully we can get 10 players per team x 10 Teams.

Players will be seeded as per their handicap class and a draw will then take place to determine the teams.

The best 5 Scores per team for each weekend will count. Should any one player play on both days at the weekend, only one of his scores can contribute to the team score.

Scoring format will be Singles Stableford, using the 9 hole winter cards based on half of your playing handicap. Competitors can play on either the Front or Back 9.

A time sheet is now open dated December 25th 2017, this is a dummy time sheet to allow you to enter into the competition. Last entry date into the Winter league is December 17th, no late entries will be accepted.


Competition entry: on time sheet dated December 25th 2017.

  1. Entry deadline is 6pm on Sunday December 17th.
  2. Teams will be decided on based on a draw and Handicap classes will be used to seed players.
  3. On completion of the draw for the teams €5.00 will be deducted from each player’s account.
  4. Every player must enter the 9 hole Winter League competition and the competition of the day.
  5. Every player Must return their card through the computer system (Scores not entered on the system will not be included in your team score.
  6. Should the course be un-playable on one of the days of a weekend, no scores will be recorded for that weekend.
  7. Competition will end on February 25th regardless of number of rounds played. (We may lose some days owing to weather conditions).
  8. Players have to have their yearly subscription paid in order to receive a prize.
  9. In the event of a tie, the winners will be decided based on a count back over the competitions:
  •      1st Count based on the total of the Final  weekends play
  •      2nd count Based on the total for last 4 weekends play
  •      3rd count based on the total for last 3 weekend play
  •      4th count based on the total for last 2 weekends play

Each weekends play referred to above is the total of the 5 scoring cards from each team for that weekend.


  • Team Prizes for 1st and 2nd places.
  • Individual prize for 1st and 2nd place.

Unfortunately this competition is not available to Junior or Juvenile members.

Competitions Committee

Changes to the CONGU UHS

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.

Conditions of Competitions (Rule 33-1)


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.

  1. SCORECARDS: (RULE 33-5)

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).

  1. DECISIONS ON TIES: (Rule 33-6).

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.

  • Decide on last 9 holes – 6 – 3 – 2 – 1 and if still ties,
  • Decide on last 3 holes – 6 – 7 – 8 of the first 9

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.

Competition Committee




List of October Competitions

Revision Date:  Oct 4th 2017

Sun        1-Oct     Mens 18 Holes Singles Stableford- Hamper

Sat          7-Oct     Mens 18 Holes Fourball Stableford – Hamper

Sat          14-Oct   Mens 18 Holes Singles Stableford – Hamper

Wed      18-Oct   Mens 18 Holes Fourball Stableford – Hamper

Sun        22-Oct   Mens 18 Holes Fourball Stableford – Hamper

Wed      25-Oct   Mens 12 Holes Singles Stableford – Hamper

Note:  Hamper Competitions are subject to a minimum entry of 40 Competitors for Singles and 72 Competitors for Fourball Competitions If minimum entry is not achieved the competition will revert to a normal club competition.


  1. The Entry Fee for each Hamper Competition is €5.00 of which €3.80 goes into the prize fund.
  2. Golfers may win one Hamper during the Hamper season.
  3. A Hamper Winner if successful in any subsequent Hamper Competitions ( wins a “Voucher” to a maximum value of €50)
  4. A Hamper winner can still play in a Fourball competition and help their playing partner to win a Hamper.

Thank you,

Competitions Committee

GUI Update – Clubs set to decide on inter-club proposals


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

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