League Rules (last amended 16/11/12)
& Competition Rules
1. Match Starting Times Weekend Matches will start at 2 p. m. and mid-week Matches at 5:30 p. m. unless the two Clubs have previously agreed a different time and inform the MATCH SECRETARY. All Team pairings must be off the first tee within 45 minutes of the agreed starting time and failure to do so will automatically entail the loss of the game(s).
2. Games and Matches Each Match will consist of five foursomes with one game point for each game won and a half point for a game halved. The team winning the match will receive two League points, if the Match is halved each Team receives one point.
3. Tie in Division Placings In the event of a tie on points in the final placing, the order shall be decided by games average. If there is a tie on points and games average for promotion and relegation in any division (except for last place in the lowest division) the teams concerned shall arrange a play-off within two weeks of being requested to do so by the match secretary: the venue on a neutral course to be decided by the match secretary.
4. Local Rules All Matches shall be governed by any Local Rules in force at the Home Club of the day of the match. For all Bristol and District league matches, played at any course, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. gradient, windspeed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.”
5. Formation of Divisions
a) Prior to the fixtures meeting each year, the Committee will inform member clubs of the number of divisions, teams per division and promotion & relegation issues to apply for the coming year .
b) If a club has two or more teams in the same division it must play both the matches between the teams as the first two matches of the season.
a) Any player who has played four times for the first team cannot subsequently play for the second team that season.
b) Any player who has played for the first team cannot subsequently play for the third team that season.
c) Any player who has played four times in the second team cannot subsequently play for the third team that season.
d) No player shall represent two Clubs in the same season except that where a player transfers residence and Club and the new Club wishes to select him for one of its League Teams after he has already played for another League Team the Club may submit details to the League Secretary for consideration by the Committee. Players must be members of the Club.
e) No player shall play more than 10 matches in a season except for teams in divisions where there are seven teams, where the maximum is 12 matches.
f) A player may only play matches 11 & 12 in a division with 7 teams.
g) All players must be playing members of a member club and affiliated to there County Golf Union.
7. a) Before commencing Match each Team Captain must provide his opposite number with a list of Team pairings in order of play. b) Once the Team pairings have been exchanged, the opposing Team Captain must be consulted and agreement reached before any changes are made. c) Any reserve(s) nominated must take the place of the absent player(s). The remaining Team pairings may not be changed.
8. Ineligible Players If a Club plays an ineligible player the individual game in which that player took part shall be regarded as won by the opponents irrespective of its actual result and the declared match result adjusted accordingly, if necessary. Subject to any such adjustment the match result will be as played but the offending Club shall suffer a deduction of 2 points from their League total.
9. Fixtures and Results
a) All Matches must be completed by midnight on August 31st in the event that exceptional circumstances prevent a Match being played by the date then, upon application to and agreement with the League Committee an extension may be granted to play the Match up to but not exceeding 14 days prior to the date of the League Finals. Any alteration to the fixture list can only be made by direct agreement between the two Clubs.
b) In the event of any match being postponed, it is the responsibility of both clubs to contact and negotiate a revised time and date. This MUST be within seven days of the postponement, and both clubs must inform the match secretary. Any revised date must comply with rule 9a.
c) It is the responsibility of the Home Team match representative or team captain to complete the match result card on the League website, including forename and surname of all the players and send by E-Mail to the match secretary within three days of the match being completed. No result will be accepted unless ALL forenames & surnames are recorded.
d) In the event of a dispute between clubs fulfilling a league fixture and such dispute cannot be resolved by reference to any other league rule, the league Secretary should be notified within seven days by both clubs, setting out the full facts of the dispute to enable the league committee to adjudicate
10. Failure to play Fixture In the event that a club shall fail to play a match at the due date and time agreed between the club’s, then the offending club may be suspended from the league for the whole of the following season. Should this rule be enforced, the team should re-apply and will be considered by the league committee. Where the offending team has two/three teams in the league, then the said suspension may apply to all teams. In the event of a second or subsequent offence, then the league committee will determine the action to be taken against the club concerned. The only exception to this rule will be in the case of a club who, for reasons acceptable to their opponents and the league committee, find it impossible to meet an agreed fixture date. Both clubs will report this fact to the match secretary, and at the same time, give the re-arranged date for the fixture in accordance with rule 9B. In the event of a match being conceded by one side, the match will be awarded 5-0 with the conceding side being deducted 2 points.
- A foursomes medal will be held on League Finals day for one team of 10 players from each club. Full details of this competition will be issued by the League Committee sub committee.
- The divisional trophies will be presented at this event.
- All rules for the foursomes finals & the high/low foursomes championships can be found under the headings of Foursomes finals & high/low rules elsewhere on this site