ELJGL CHAMPIONSHIPS – RULES OF THE COMPETITION
Each Golf Club located in East Lothian is invited to nominate their Junior players to compete in each of the following prize categories: -1) Boys U18 and U16 scratch and handicap. 2) Girls scratch and handicap – all age groups. 3) Boys U14s scratch and handicap. 4) Boys U12s scratch and handicap. In addition, subject to the agreement and involvement of “Clubgolf” Under 10s Boys and Girls. (Refined 2015.) There is no entry fee to be paid for this event.
Size of Field. Up to 75 players can compete, divided fairly across our Member Clubs, and any excess nominations will be placed on a reserve list.
Qualifying Competitions. Participating Clubs can nominate one of their Junior competitions before the end of July each year as the qualifying competition for that years Championship event. However, participation may also be decided by selection on performance through the season, or purely on availability.
Eligibility. To qualify for the Championships a player must satisfy the following conditions:(i) For all age categories the players must be under the maximum age for the group on 1st of January of the year in which the Championship is to be played. Players need not now be resident in East Lothian. Being a current Junior Member of a Club in East Lothian is the only eligibility rule. (Changed 2014.)
Format. For U18 and U16 Boys the event is a 36-hole medal, from the medal tees, with full handicap allowance. For all other categories the event is an 18-hole medal, with full handicap allowance. Girls and U12 Boys will play from the Ladies medal tees. U14 Boys will play from medium Mens tees. For Clubgolf competitors, play may be over a shortened course or over a reduced number of holes.
Ties and rules decisions. In the event of a tie in a 36-hole event, the better score over the second round will determine the winner. In an 18-hole event, the better score over the back 9 will determine the winner. If players are still tied the count-back will be over the last nine holes, last six, last three etc. The competition will be played under the R&A Rules of Golf. The Organiser will act as the referee for the event and the decision of the Organiser on any issue will be final.
Handicaps. The maximum handicap for U18 and U16 Boys will be 18. The maximum handicap in all other categories will be 36 for all boys and girls. Players with higher handicaps may still play, but will only receive the maximum handicap for their category. Each player in the event must provide to the organisers, their current playing handicaps, at the date of the event, and allow for any possible reductions for recent scores not yet processed on CDH. The Championships will be a “Qualifying Competition” for CDH Handicap purposes and a CSS will be calculated for each Category, and published on the League website. Players may be requested to submit “Away” scores if the local CDH system is not used.
Caddies. No caddies will be allowed. This ruling may be relaxed on prior application to the organisers, e.g. for physical disability.
DMDs. All types of conforming Distance Measuring Devices are allowed in this event.
Spectators. No person other than the Organisers may approach or accompany any player on the fairways or greens during play. Normal spectating will be allowed from the edge of tees, fairways and greens. However, in any under 10s event, there may be an adult marker for all competitors.
Prizes. There will be prizewinners in all categories mentioned above. At present there are 8 trophies – 1) U18 and U16 Boys Scratch. 2)U18 and U16 Boys Handicap. 3&4) Girls Scratch. and Handicap. 5&6) Boys U14 Scratch and Handicap. 7&8) Boys U12 Scratch and Handicap. Competitors may only win one trophy and one prize voucher. (The best prize they could have won will be awarded.) Should any player win both Scratch and Handicap prizes in any category, the scratch prize will take primacy. Prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the organisers. All competitors are invited to stay for the presentation of prizes which will take place as soon as possible after play ends. Should any winner have to leave beforehand, they should notify the Organiser. The draw, results and Competition Scratch Scores will be notified to the East Lothian Courier and will appear on the League website at: – www.eastlothianjuniorgolf.org.uk
The Telegraph Junior Golf Championship. The Players’ first round of the ELJGL Championships will be a Qualifying Round for this event. Prizes awarded by The Telegraph can be awarded in addition to other prizes awarded by The League.
Catering It is the responsibility of each player to order and pay for their own meals and refreshments.
Dave Warren Secretary Nov 2005. Updated July 2015, Aug 2016.