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HOW DO I GET A HANDICAP?

How do I get a handicap and maintain it?

To get a golf handicap that will then be recognised at any course, you need to submit score cards for 54 holes (3 lots of eighteen, or a mixture of nine/s and eighteen/s) signed by yourself and by the person recording the score (the marker, who must him or herself have a valid handicap) by placing them in the box immediately inside the door to the club shop.  You can also get these scores by playing in any of the singles medal or stableford competitions listed below.

Alternatively, you can submit a SUPPLEMENTARY SCORE. To do this, you need to sign on the sheet in the folder that is kept behind the desk in the clubhouse, BEFORE you play the round and then place the scorecard in the box (You cannot have a particularly good or bad round and then say ‘I think I’ll submit that for my handicap’).  You can do this over 9 or 18 holes.  You do need to indicate on the card which tees you have played off – for men, this is usually yellow. While we encourage players to submit supplementary scores to ensure thay maintain a handicap, there is some guidance from England Golf about them, as follows:

Although golf club committees and administrators may consider that in the course of a playing season they organise an adequate number of competitions to provide ample opportunity for Members to participate, investigation has confirmed that a substantial number of Members do not return sufficient scores in the period between Annual Reviews to maintain a handicap that reasonably reflects their current ability.

This may in part be due to:

  • Work or family commitments preventing participation in competitions;
  • Difficulty in obtaining an acceptable starting time on competition days in clubs with a large playing membership; or
  • A declining desire to play regular competitive golf.

Supplementary rounds are not therefore seen by England Golf as a way ofplayers working to reduce (or increase) their handicaps when they are able to play in regular club competitions. Clause 21 further stipulates that the maximum number of such rounds anyone can play in a year is ten, and that a player cannot submit two supplementary rounds in a week.

On any scorecard you hand in, you only have to show your gross score – your actual number of shots – at each hole.  The handicap secretary and Handicap Master (the national computer programme for golf handicaps) will do the rest.

To keep a handicap and thus to be able to play in competitions, you have to submit a minimum of three ‘qualifying’ scorecards in 12 months; if you don’t, your handicap will lapse and you will have to play another 54 holes, as above.

The Club Committee undertakes an annual review of handicaps, usually in December of each year.  With information from the computer about each player’s performance over the year, together with knowledge of how players have been performing in other situations, the Committee can make a judgement to raise or lower a handicap so that it is a proper reflection of a player’s ability.

How do I know how I have done in a competition?

If you play in one of the competitions below, you will be sent an e-mail a few days after it, which will give you a link to a print-out of the scores.  Alternatively, all results are posted on the club noticeboards within a week of the competition.

How can I find the starting times for a competition?

Competition start times are posted in the clubhouse, beside the main desk.  Alternatively, on this website, you can go to the Handicaps section, click on the ‘Rodway Hill Golf Club Page’ at the top of any page on it, and it will take you to the start times for the next competition/s.

 

 

RODWAY HILL GOLF COMPETITIONS

MENS COMPETITIONS
What? When? Who? How? 2015 winner/s
Monthly medals and stablefords. The second Saturday of each month. From April to September the competition is played as a medal, and from October to March as a stableford. The competitions from November to February are non-qualifiers. The medals are played off white tees, the stablefords off yellow tees. All men and senior members, paying a £3 entry fee to the starter on the day of the competition.  If you don’t hold a qualifying handicap, you can’t win a medal, but your result will count towards your handicap. The competition is divided into sections by handicap, and the number of medals awarded depends on the number of entries. By signing up on the sheets displayed on the Boards by the changing rooms.  The start sheet with times on it will then be published on the Board in the shop, and sent to you by e-mail. Too many to list.
Public Courses monthly medal (April) The April monthly medal (NOT mid-week). Winning scores qualify those players to play in the N.A.P.G.C. (National Association of Public Golf Courses) regional competition. Winning the regional competition entitles the player/s to play in the national finals in September in St Andrews. All men and seniors members, paying an ADDITIONAL entry fee of £3. By paying the additional entry fee on the day of the competition. A number of Rodway Hill players have qualified for the national finals
Gold Medal (May) The May monthly medal (NOT mid-week).  The winner of the competition qualifies to play in a Gold Medal competition at a prestigious course in the County All men and seniors members, paying an ADDITIONAL entry fee of £1. By paying the additional entry fee on the day of the competition. Simon Curtis
Monthly mid-week medals and stablefords The Wednesday following the monthly medal Saturday. From April to September the competition is played as a medal, and from October to March as a stableford. The competitions from November to February are non-qualifiers. The medals are played off white tees, the stablefords off yellow tees. All men and seniors, paying a £3 entry fee to the shop on the day. Otherwise, as above. You can enter on the day and play at any time on the day as long as there are at least two of you Too many to list.
Shoot-out A Saturday in early October All men and seniors who have won a monthly or mid-week medal – winners will be notified of their eligibility to play in the shoot-out Simon Glastonbury
Monthly Medal Best net score All those who have played in any monthly or mid-week medal competition

The trophy is awarded to the player who has the best net score in any medal competition during the year. Where two or more players tie for the prize, the normal rules of countback apply.

No specific entry – all scores achieved in the medal competitions are taken into account

Wayne Anderson
Monthly 9 hole qualifiers The last Wednesday of each month from April to September. It is a stableford competition played off yellow tees – handicaps are adjusted downwards to account for this. All men and seniors, on payment of a one-off entry fee of £1 for as many of the qualifiers as you want to play in. You can enter on the day and play at any time on the day as long as there are at least two of you. There is a trophy for the person with the best three overall scores in the year in this competition. William Knowles
Memorial Day A Saturday in mid-March. A pairs, better ball competition played as a stableford.  The winners are the pair with the best stableford score by taking the best score at each hole. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition  
Spring Foursomes A Saturday in early April A foursomes competition played as a stableford. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition Dave Taylor and Rich Grieve
Founders Trophy and Plate The first (and sometimes second as well) round is played on the first Saturday of May each year.  Subsequent rounds are played by mutual arrangement by play-by dates An individual match-play knock-out competition over 18 holes with full handicap allowance. The losers in the first round are automatically entered into the plate competition. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition

Trophy – Sean Bailey

Plate – Oliver Purdy

Summer pairs Over the summer on mutually agreed dates within the published play-by dates All men, seniors and ladies who choose to enter as a pair. This is a knockout competition of matchplay greensomes. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee IN ADVANCE of playing your first match. Simon Glastonbury and Mark Farnworth
Longest Day On the Saturday nearest to the longest day of the year Teams of three playing in a Texas Scramble, with 10% of the combined handicaps of the three players. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition Dave Taylor, Rich Grieve and Leo Lucas
Nimar Trophy On a Saturday at the end of June An individual competition played for stableford scores off full handicaps Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition Robert Hamilton
Jim Brady Cup On a Saturday at the end of July A stableford pairs competition for men and ladies played off full handicap – the winners are the pairs with the best aggregate score (the scores of both players added together) Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition Allan Mathura and Warren Barnes
President’s Day The first Saturday of August each year A stableford singles competition for men and ladies played off full handicap Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition Trevor Warren
Captain’s Day On a date chosen by the captain, usually in August The captain will choose the format for the competition The captain will choose the entry fee, which sometimes includes the cost of refreshments and/or a contribution to the captain’s charity  
Club Championship (NS Pyramid) On a Saturday in mid-September An individual stroke-play competition played over 36 holes played on one day. The overall winner is the player with the lowest gross score, but there are also winners on the basis of handicaps and a separate Seniors’ winner Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition Oliver Finch
Rabbits On the same day as the Club Championship An individual stroke-play competition played over 18 holes on the same day as the Club Championship.  The winner is the player with the lowest net score. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition Allan Mathura
Sioux Hatcher A Saturday early in October A mixed competition of teams of one lady and two men with the best two Stableford scores to count Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition Not played because of weather
Winter League Every last weekend of the month from October to March, so there are six rounds in all. A pairs 4 ball better Stableford competition played off yellow tees.  The winning pair are those with the lowest score over their best four rounds. In the event of a tie, the winners will be decided by a match play play off. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee for all six rounds in advance of the competition. Phil Gardner and Dave Brown
Clarke Bowl This is based on all competitive play during the season and is awarded to the player who achieves the highest percentage reduction in their handicap during the year.  There is no entry fee. Oliver Finch
SENIORS COMPETITIONS
Winter League Between September and March This is a pairs competition. Each pair is drawn to ensure that it has a higher and lower handicap player.  The format is four ball better ball stableford scores over several (usually five) rounds, with the best three scores being added together to determine the four best teams.  Those teams then play a semi-final and final in the same format. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee IN ADVANCE of playing your first match. Tom Lane and Andy Claxton
Captain’s Day On a date chosen by the captain, usually in August The captain will choose the format for the competition, which is usually a little unusual. The captain will choose the entry fee, which sometimes includes the cost of refreshments and/or a contribution to the captain’s charity Jack Moore
Club Championship Seniors Winner See Club Championship under Men’s Competitions above Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition Denton Watts
Seniors Championship On two consecutive Wednesdays in early September An individual strokeplay competition played off the white tees.  The overall winner is the player with the lowest gross score over 36 holes, but there are also prizes for the best handicap scores by higher and lower handicap players. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition Bob Wolfson
Veterans Championship On the first Wednesday in October An individual strokeplay competition played off the yellow tees.  The overall winner is the player with the lowest net score over 18 holes. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition Frank Roberts
Seniors Knock-out Trophy and Plate Over the summer, usually starting in May and ending in September An individual match-play knock-out competition over 18 holes with full handicap allowance. The losers in the first round are automatically entered into the plate competition. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 entry fee IN ADVANCE of the closing date when the draw is made.

Trophy – Ian Dickie Clark

Plate – Tom Lane

LADIES COMPETITIONS

All Ladies’ Competition are played off red tees.

What? When? Who? How? 2015 winner/s
Monthly medals The second Saturday of each month. From April to October the competition is played as a medal, and from November to March as a stableford. All ladies, paying a £3 entry fee to the starter on the day of the competition.  If you don’t hold a qualifying handicap, you can’t win a medal, but your result will count towards your handicap. By signing up on the sheets displayed on the Boards in the changing room.  Too many to list.
Mid-week monthly stablefords The first Tuesday of each month, at any time during the day All ladies, by payment of £1 in an envelope with your name on placed in the box in the Ladies’ changing room. Just turn up and find someone else to play with Too many to list.
Monthly medal (public courses) As explained in the Men’s competition section Too many to list
Memorial Trophy As explained in the Men’s competition section Jean Mullins
Winter League Between October and March. An individual stableford competition played over a maximum of six rounds, with the best four rounds to count By paying the £3 entry fee (for all six rounds) in advance of your first round. Jackie Fenn
Longest Day As explained in the Men’s competition section  
Jim Brady As explained in the Men’s competition section Amanda Chong and Jennie Field
President’s Day As explained in the Men’s competition section Lyndall McLean
Lady Captain’s Day On a date chosen by the captain, usually in July The captain will choose the format for the competition, which normally involves both men and women The captain will choose the entry fee, which sometimes includes a contribution to the captain’s charity Phil Gardner, Steve Day and Jean Mullins
Shootout A Saturday at the end of September All ladies who have won a medal competition – winners will be notified of their eligibility to play in the shoot-out Jackie Fenn
Ladies Championship The first weekend in September, with 18 holes on each of the Saturday and Sunday An individual strokeplay competition. The overall winner is the player with the lowest gross score over 36 holes, but there are also prizes for the best net scores. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 entry fee. Eileen Martin
Ladies Matchplay championship Over the summer, usually starting in May and ending in September. An individual match-play knock-out competition over 18 holes with full handicap allowance. First round losers are automatically entered for the plate competition Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 entry fee.

Trophy – Sefton Hooton

Plate – Jennie Field

Sioux Hatcher A Saturday early in October A mixed competition of teams of one lady and two men with the best two Stableford scores to count Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition Not played because of weather
Nine-hole Qualifier winner A stableford competition played over six rounds regularly over the summer All ladies, on payment of a one-off entry fee of £2 for as many of the qualifiers as you want to play in. You can enter on the day and play at any time on the day as long as there are at least two of you. There is a trophy for the person with the best three overall scores in the year in this competition. Hazel Blandford

 

 

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT FORMATS THAT GOLF COMPETITIONS ARE PLAYED IN?

 

There are two main types of golf competitions, Match Play and Stroke Play:

Match Play

In match play, two players (or two teams) play every hole as a separate contest against each other. The party with the lowest nett score wins that hole, or if the scores of both players or teams are equal the hole is “halved” (drawn). The game is won by that party that wins more holes than the other.

Our Club Knock-out competitions are match play events. You do not need a scorecard for match play, but using one helps to keep track of the state of play as well as making sure players know where they get shots.

In Single match play, the lower handicap player gets no shots, and the higher handicap player subtracts the lower player’s handicap from his to determine how many shots he gets. The competition rules may set a maximum handicap limit and may set a handicap allowance e.g. 90%, in which case the handicap difference is multiplied by the allowance. i.e. player A is 10 handicap, player B is 24 handicap, difference is 14, 90% of difference is 12.6 which is rounded up to 13.

In Pairs match play, the lowest handicap player gets no shots, and the other 3 get the difference between the lowest figure and their handicap subject to the conditions above.Pairs match play can also be played as a foursome or greensome, an explanation of these is given under pairs stroke play.

Stroke Play

The majority of club competitions are stroke play competitions. In them you are playing against the course and all the competitors or teams on the day who have entered the competition.There are two main types of Stroke Play, Medal and Stableford, which can both be played as individuals, pairs or teams.

Medal Play: The marker will mark your gross scores down column A of the scorecard and can keep a check on his own scores using the Marker’s column. At the end of the round you must check that the gross scores are correct on your card, sign it and ensure your marker does.  The card should then be placed in the box provided. The lowest gross scores on the day win the prizes, these are usually organised into three divisions by handicap.

Stableford: In competitions the prizes are determined on a points basis. Two points are awarded for a nett par on a hole, 1 for a nett bogey (1 over par), 3 for a nett birdie (1 under par), 4 for a nett 3 under par etc. The marker, as before, enters the gross score in column A. He should then enter the nett score for that hole in the Nett Score column, and the stableford points in the last column. The card should then be signed as above. The highest points scores win the prizes.

A third type of individual stroke play is a bogey (or par) competition. Your gross and nett scores are recorded as for a stableford competition, but instead of points you simply get a plus for a nett score better than par, a minus for a nett score worse than par and a zero for a nett par. These are recorded in the last column and totalled at the bottom.

Pairs Stroke Play

If the competition to be played is a pairs competition, one partner’s name is entered on the card as player A and one as player B. Usually you go out as a fourball, i.e. 2 teams of two, with one card per team. You exchange cards and mark the other pair’s card.

These are the main types of pairs stroke play:

1) Betterball: (Rules 30 and 31). In a betterball competition both partners play their own ball at each hole. The better net score of the partners count on each hole. The gross score is entered either in column A or column B, according to who had the better score, and his net score entered under “Net Score”. If the competition is a stableford then the points are entered in the final column.

2) Foursome: (Rule 29). In a foursome competition each pair has only one ball and players alternate playing it. If player A tees off at the first hole, player B will play the second shot, A the third and so on until the hole is finished. On the second hole, B will tee off (regardless who played the last putt on the first hole), then A does the second shot and so on. Thus one partner always tees off on the odd holes and the other on the even holes. Adding their handicaps together and using the handicap reduction in the competition rules determine the number of strokes the pair receives. The competition may be medal play or stableford. (Match play can also be played as a foursome). Gross, net and points are recorded as before. The gross may be entered entirely in column A, or use A and B to show whose drive was used.

3) Greensome: A greensome is a type of foursome in which each partner hits a tee shot and the pair then chooses which drive to use, and his partner then plays the second shot using this drive. They then alternate as before. This is repeated at each hole.

4)  Aggregate medal or aggregate stableford competition. Here, both players play as if they are in a singles competition, except the marker will score both players on the same card, one in column A and one in column B, and, in a stableford competition, the combined points in the last column. At the end, either the stableford points are added up or, in the case of a medal, the two nett scores added together.

Team Competitions

There are two main types of team competitions:

1) 2 from 4: In a two from four competition, four players play together as a team. The players names are entered on the card as players A, B, C & D and their gross scores entered in the respective columns. The final two columns are for the team nett score and points on each hole. All four players play each hole individually, but only the 2 best nett scores count. At the end of the competition, 2 players from the team sign the card.

2) Texas Scramble: In A Texas Scramble each player in a team tees off on each hole and the players decide which shot was best. Every player then plays his second shot from that spot and the procedure is repeated until the hole is finished. The competition rules will stipulate the handicap allowance of the team, which is usually a percentage of the sum of the handicaps of the team. The rules usually also require that each team members drives are used on a minimum number of holes. In this case, the team score is entered in the column of the player whose drive is used.

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