Junior Rules

Junior Strokeplay Competition Rules

1 Conditions of Play

(a) The Junior Stroke play Championship shall be played for annually at a course selected by the Executive of the South of Scotland Golfers’ Association.
(b) The 36 hole scratch competition shall be played over two rounds of 18 holes in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and in accordance with the current local rules of the host Club.
(c) The winner of the competition shall be the player who returns the lowest score for 36 holes. If for any reason only 18 holes can be completed by all the competitors the winner shall be the player who returns the lowest score for these 18 holes. If 18 holes are not completed by all the competitors the competition shall be abandoned and the Executive of the South of Scotland Golfers’ Association shall attempt to find another date. The trophy shall be held by the winner for one year and it is his responsibility to ensure that the trophy is returned to the Secretary, South of Scotland Golfers’ Association at least 4 weeks prior to the following year’s competition. He shall also receive a monetary voucher, as will all other prize-winners, issued by the Scottish Golf Union and these vouchers must be used within the stipulated time and in accordance with the current conditions.
(d) In the event of a tie after two rounds, the competition shall be decided by a play-off,
over holes determined by the host Club, which shall take place immediately. If scores are tied after these holes the competition shall be decided by a hole by hole play-off, over the same holes, until a winner is determined. In the event of a tie for the other prizes matching score cards will take place to determine the winner as follows:-

Best score for last eighteen holes
Best score for last nine holes
Best score for last six holes
Best score for last three holes
Best score at last hole.
Best score at last two holes
Best score at last four holes
Best score at last five holes
Best score at last seven holes
Best score at last eight holes

The 16 players, who return the lowest scratch scores, will gain entry to the
Matchplay Championship. In the event of a tie for any place after the two rounds, matching score cards will take place to determine the order of qualification as above.
(e) The competition shall be under the charge of a Member of the Executive of the South of Scotland Golfers’ Association to whom all disputes will be referred and whose decision shall be final. In certain circumstances, the Executive reserves the right to appoint authorised persons to act on their behalf and carry out specific duties.
(f) During the stipulated rounds, a competitor may not use a ride on golf buggy unless specifically authorised by the Executive.
(g) Restriction on Who May Serve as Caddie (Note to Rule 6-4).
A player is prohibited from having a caddy.
Penalty for Breach of Condition: Two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred; maximum penalty per round – Four strokes.
(h) Pace of Play (Note to Rule 6-7). The Executive has established a pace of play of 4 hours to help prevent slow play. Notwithstanding, it is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front and not in front of the group behind. In the absence of extenuating circumstances the Penalty for Breach of Condition shall be:-
1st Offence: One stroke to all players in group
2nd Offence: Two strokes to all players in group
Subsequent Offences: Disqualification
(i) Suspension of Play Due to a Dangerous Situation (Note to Rule 6-8b)
When play is suspended by the Executive, or by a person authorised to act on behalf
of the Executive, for a dangerous situation, if the players in the match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Executive has ordered a resumption of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Executive has ordered a resumption of play.
All players on the course are requested to ensure that all other competitors are aware of the suspension of play.
The signal for suspending play due to a dangerous situation and the resumption of play will be notified to all competitors on the day of the competition.
Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification
(j) Time of Starting (Note to Rule 6-3a). If the player arrives at his starting point, ready to play, within five minutes of his starting time, in the absence of circumstances that warrant waiving the penalty of disqualification as provided in Rule 33-7, the failure to start on time is two strokes in stroke play. Penalty for lateness beyond five minutes is disqualification.
(k) The use of electronic measuring devices is permitted provided that they are only capable of measuring distance and no other variables.

2. Qualification

(a) To be eligible to enter, a player must be male at birth, under 18 years of age on 1st January of that year, a Member, whose home Golf Club is affiliated to the South of Scotland Golfers’ Association, and of Amateur Status as defined by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club.

3. Entries

(a) All players must complete an Entry Form, which shall be submitted to the
Championship Secretary, South of Scotland Golfers’ Association, or other person appointed by the Association, accompanied by the entry fee, to arrive before the final date for entry. No receipt of entry will be issued. Please note that cheques will not be presented for payment prior to the date of the competition. Entry Forms may be found on the South of Scotland Golfer’s Association website www.sgusosga.co.uk
(b) In the event of the competition being oversubscribed, there will be a ballot by handicap. Entrants who have failed to gain entry will be allocated to a reserve list.
Reserves may be able to compete subject to subsequent withdrawals. Only cash entry
fees will be returned to entrants who fail to gain entry and do not compete. Cheques in this
category will be destroyed.
(c) All entries are subject to the approval of the Executive of the South of Scotland Golfers’ Association who retain the right to refuse or accept any entry and shall not be called upon to give any reason for their action.
(d) The draw sheet will be posted on the Association’s web site www.sgusosga.co.uk
one week prior to the event and be published in the local press during the week preceding the event.
(e) Any player who may not be available to play all rounds of the Matchplay
Championship should advise The Executive on his Entry Form.
(f) Entries shall close one day before the event

4. Registration

(a) Competitors are requested to register at the Starter’s office at least 5 minutes prior to their tee off time.

November 2012

Junior Matchplay Competition Rules

1 Conditions of Play

(a) All ties in the Junior Matchplay Competition shall be played over one round of 18 holes in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and in accordance with the current local rules of the host Club.
(b) The winner of the competition shall be the player who is undefeated. The trophy shall be presented at the completion of play and held by the winner. It is his responsibility to ensure that the trophy is returned to the Secretary, South of Scotland Golfers’ Association at least 4 weeks prior to the following year’s Competition. He shall also receive a monetary voucher, as will all other prize-winners, issued by the Scottish Golf Union and these vouchers must be used within the stipulated time and in accordance with the current conditions.
(c) A match which ends all square after 18 holes shall be decided by a hole by hole play-off, starting at the first hole until one player wins a hole.
d) All ties in Matchplay Competition shall be determined by the General Numerical Draw system and must be played on the date and at the time determined by the Executive
(e) The competition shall be under the charge of a Member of the Executive of the South of Scotland Golfers’ Association to whom all disputes will be referred and whose decision shall be final. In certain circumstances, the Executive reserves the right to appoint authorised persons to act on their behalf to carry out specific duties.
(f) During the stipulated rounds, a competitor may not use a ride on golf buggy unless specifically authorised by the Executive.
(g) Restriction on Who May Serve as Caddie (Note to Rule 6-4). A player is prohibited from having a caddy.
Penalty for Breach of Condition: Two strokes for each hole at which any breach
occurred; maximum penalty per round – Four strokes
(h) Pace of Play (Note to Rule 6-7). The Executive has established a pace of play of 4 hours to help prevent slow play. Notwithstanding, it is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front and not in front of the group behind. In the absence of
extenuating circumstances the Penalty for of Condition shall be:-
1st Offence: One stroke to all players in group
2nd Offence: Two strokes to all players in group
Subsequent Offences: Disqualification
(i) Suspension of Play Due to a Dangerous Situation (Note to Rule 6-8b)
When play is suspended by the Executive, or by a person authorised to act on behalf of the Executive, for a dangerous situation, if the players in the match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Executive has ordered a resumption of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Executive has ordered a resumption of play.
All players on the course are requested to ensure that all other competitors are aware of the suspension of play.
The signal for suspending play due to a dangerous situation and the resumption of play will be notified to all competitors on the day of the competition.
Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification
(j) Time of Starting (Note to Rule 6-3a). If the player arrives at his starting point, ready to play, within five minutes of his starting time, in the absence of circumstances that warrant waiving the penalty of disqualification as provided in Rule 33-7, the failure to start on time is two strokes in stroke play. Penalty for lateness beyond five minutes is disqualification.
(k) The use of electronic measuring devices is permitted provided that they are only capable of measuring distance and no other variables.

2 Registration

(a) Competitors are requested to register at the Starters Office at least 15 minutes prior to their tee off time.

November 2012

 

RULES FOR COMPETITIONS

JUNIOR MATCHPLAY COMPETITION

1 Conditions of Play
(a) All ties in the Junior Matchplay Competition shall be played over one round of 18 holes in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and in accordance with the current local rules of the host Club.
(b) The winner of the competition shall be the player who is undefeated. The trophy shall be presented at the completion of play and held by the winner. It is his responsibility to ensure that the trophy is returned to the Secretary, South of Scotland Golfers’ Association at least 4 weeks prior to the following year’s Competition. He shall also receive a monetary voucher, as will all other prize-winners, issued by the Scottish Golf Limited and these vouchers must be used within the stipulated time and in accordance with the current conditions.
(c) A match which ends all square after 18 holes shall be decided by a hole by hole play-off, starting at the first hole until one player wins a hole.
d) All ties in Matchplay Competition shall be determined by the General Numerical Draw system and must be played on the date and at the time determined by the Executive
(e) The competition shall be under the charge of a Member of the Executive of the South of Scotland Golfers’ Association to whom all disputes will be referred and whose decision shall be final. In certain circumstances, the Executive reserves the right to appoint authorised persons to act on their behalf to carry out specific duties.
(f) During the stipulated rounds, a competitor may not use a ride on golf buggy unless specifically authorised by the Executive.
(g) Restriction on Who May Serve as Caddie (Note to Rule 6-4). A player is prohibited from having a caddy.
Penalty for Breach of Condition: Two strokes for each hole at which any breach
occurred; maximum penalty per round – Four strokes
(h)       Pace of Play (Note to Rule 6-7). The Executive has established a pace of play of 4 hours to help prevent slow play. Notwithstanding, it is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front and not in front of the group behind. In the absence of
extenuating circumstances the Penalty for of Condition shall be:-
1st Offence: One stroke to all players in group
2nd Offence: Two strokes to all players in group
Subsequent Offences: Disqualification
(i) Suspension of Play Due to a Dangerous Situation (Note to Rule 6-8b)
When play is suspended by the Executive, or by a person authorised to act on behalf of the Executive, for a dangerous situation, if the players in the match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Executive has ordered a resumption of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Executive has ordered a resumption of play.
All players on the course are requested to ensure that all other competitors are aware of the suspension of play.
The signal for suspending play due to a dangerous situation and the resumption of play will be notified to all competitors on the day of the competition.
Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification
(j) Time of Starting (Note to Rule 6-3a). If the player arrives at his starting point, ready to play, within five minutes of his starting time, in the absence of circumstances that warrant waiving the penalty of disqualification as provided in Rule 33-7, the failure to start on time is two strokes in stroke play. Penalty for lateness beyond five minutes is disqualification.
(k) The use of electronic measuring devices is permitted provided that they are only capable of measuring distance and no other variables.
2 Registration
(a) Competitors are requested to register at the Starters Office at least 15 minutes prior to their tee off time.

RULES FOR PEAT SALVER COMPETITION

1 Conditions of Play

a) This is a round robin team competition between the Junior members of the three Counties comprising the South of Scotland Area. Each team to represent each County to consist of 8 players and there is no restriction on the gender of each team member.
b) Each team shall consist of 4 players who are under 18 years of age on 1 January of that year, 2 players who are under 16 years of age and 2 players who are under 14 years of age. The under 18 players and under 16 players will compete off scratch and the under 14 players off handicap. Girls will play off the red tees
c) At under 18 and under 16, girls will receive strokes equal to the difference in SSS between the boy’s course and the Ladies’ course.
d) At under 14 level full allowance in handicap difference will be given for singles and one half the difference in the combined handicaps in foursomes. For girls their playing handicap will be calculated by adding the difference in the SSS between the boy’s course and the Ladies’ course to their actual handicap
e) A girl receiving strokes against either a boy or girl shall take them in accordance with the index on the scorecard for the host club for the Ladies’ course. A boy receiving strokes from a girl shall take them from the Ladies’ index and a boy receiving strokes from another boy shall take them from the men’s index.
f) All ties in the Peat Salver Matchplay Competition shall be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and in accordance with the current local rules of the host Club.
g) Each County shall play the others once so that each County has one home match and one away match
h) Each match will be contested over 18 holes in the morning by the foursomes  format and over 18 holes in the afternoon by singles A match which ends all square after 18 holes shall be declared a halved match. The winning County in each tie will be the one which records the most winning and halved matches during the day. If only 18 holes can be completed for any reason these scores shall count to determine the winners.
i) If two teams are equal on matches won and halved after the three matches have been played the County which records the most individual winning and halved matches shall be declared the winner.
j) The trophy shall be presented at the completion of play of the last match and held by the winning County. It is their responsibility to ensure that the trophy is returned to the Secretary, South of Scotland Golfers’ Association at least 4 weeks prior to the following year’s Competition.
k) The competition shall be under the charge of a Member of the Executive of the South of Scotland Golfers’ Association to whom all disputes will be referred and  whose decision shall be final. In certain circumstances, the Executive reserves the right to appoint authorised persons to act on their behalf to carry out specific duties.
l) During the stipulated rounds, a competitor may not use a ride on golf buggy unless specifically authorised by the Executive.
m) Restriction on Who May Serve as Caddie (Note to Rule 6-4). A player is prohibited from having a caddie in the competition. Penalty for Breach of Condition: Loss of hole for each hole at which any breach occurred; maximum penalty per round – Two holes.
n) Pace of Play (Note to Rule 6-7). The Executive has established a pace of play of 4 hours to help prevent slow play. Notwithstanding, it is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front and not in front of the group behind. In the absence of extenuating circumstances the Penalty for Breach of Condition shall be:-
1st Offence: Loss of Hole
2nd Offence: Loss of Hole
Subsequent Offences: Disqualification
o) Suspension of Play Due to a Dangerous Situation (Note to Rule 6-8b) When play is suspended by the Executive, or by a person authorised to act on behalf of the Executive, for a dangerous situation, if the players in the match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Executive has ordered a resumption of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Executive has ordered a resumption of play. All players on the course are requested to ensure that all other competitors are aware of the suspension of play. The signal for suspending play due to a dangerous situation and the resumption of play will be notified to all competitors on the day of the competition. Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification
p) Time of Starting (Note to Rule 6-3a). If the player arrives at his/her starting point, ready to play, within five minutes of his/her starting time, in the absence of circumstances that warrant waiving the penalty of disqualification as provided in Rule 33-7, the failure to start on time is two holes in match play. Penalty for lateness beyond five minutes is disqualification.
q) The use of electronic measuring devices is permitted provided that they are only capable of measuring distance and no other variables.

2. Qualification

a) To be eligible to enter, a player can be any gender at birth, must be under 18 years       of age on the 1 January of that year, a Member, whose home Golf Club is affiliated to the South of Scotland Golfers’ Association, and of Amateur Status as defined by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club.
b) All players must be in possession of a handicap under the current CONGU SSS & Handicapping Scheme.

RULES FOR THREE COUNTIES COMPETITION

1 Conditions of Play

a) This is a round robin team competition between the Junior members of the three Counties comprising the South of Scotland Area. Each team to represent each County to consist of 8 players and there is no restriction on the gender of each team member.
b) Each team shall consist of 4 players who are under 18 years of age on 1 January of that year, 2 players who are under 16 years of age and 2 players who are under 14 years of age. The under 18 players and under 16 players will compete off scratch and the under 14 players off handicap. Girls will play off the red tees
c) At under 18 and under 16, girls will receive strokes equal to the difference in SSS between the boy’s course and the Ladies’ course.
d) At under 14 level full allowance in handicap difference will be given for singles and one half the difference in the combined handicaps in foursomes. For girls their playing handicap will be calculated by adding the difference in the SSS between the boy’s course and the Ladies’ course to their actual handicap
e) A girl receiving strokes against either a boy or girl shall take them in accordance with the index on the scorecard for the host club for the Ladies’ course. A boy receiving strokes from a girl shall take them from the Ladies’ index and a boy receiving strokes from another boy shall take them from the men’s index.
f) All ties in the Peat Salver Matchplay Competition shall be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and in accordance with the current local rules of the host Club.
g) Each County shall play the others once so that each County has one home match and one away match
h) Each match will be contested over 18 holes in the morning by the foursomes  format and over 18 holes in the afternoon by singles A match which ends all square after 18 holes shall be declared a halved match. The winning County in each tie will be the one which records the most winning and halved matches during the day. If only 18 holes can be completed for any reason these scores shall count to determine the winners.
i) If two teams are equal on matches won and halved after the three matches have been played the County which records the most individual winning and halved matches shall be declared the winner.
j) The trophy shall be presented at the completion of play of the last match and held by the winning County. It is their responsibility to ensure that the trophy is returned to the Secretary, South of Scotland Golfers’ Association at least 4 weeks prior to the following year’s Competition.
k) The competition shall be under the charge of a Member of the Executive of the South of Scotland Golfers’ Association to whom all disputes will be referred and  whose decision shall be final. In certain circumstances, the Executive reserves the right to appoint authorised persons to act on their behalf to carry out specific duties.
l) During the stipulated rounds, a competitor may not use a ride on golf buggy unless specifically authorised by the Executive.
m) Restriction on Who May Serve as Caddie (Note to Rule 6-4). A player is prohibited from having a caddie in the competition. Penalty for Breach of Condition: Loss of hole for each hole at which any breach occurred; maximum penalty per round – Two holes.
n) Pace of Play (Note to Rule 6-7). The Executive has established a pace of play of 4 hours to help prevent slow play. Notwithstanding, it is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front and not in front of the group behind. In the absence of extenuating circumstances the Penalty for Breach of Condition shall be:-
1st Offence: Loss of Hole
2nd Offence: Loss of Hole
Subsequent Offences: Disqualification
o) Suspension of Play Due to a Dangerous Situation (Note to Rule 6-8b) When play is suspended by the Executive, or by a person authorised to act on behalf of the Executive, for a dangerous situation, if the players in the match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Executive has ordered a resumption of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Executive has ordered a resumption of play. All players on the course are requested to ensure that all other competitors are aware of the suspension of play. The signal for suspending play due to a dangerous situation and the resumption of play will be notified to all competitors on the day of the competition. Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification
p) Time of Starting (Note to Rule 6-3a). If the player arrives at his/her starting point, ready to play, within five minutes of his/her starting time, in the absence of circumstances that warrant waiving the penalty of disqualification as provided in Rule 33-7, the failure to start on time is two holes in match play. Penalty for lateness beyond five minutes is disqualification.
q) The use of electronic measuring devices is permitted provided that they are only capable of measuring distance and no other variables.

2. Qualification

a) To be eligible to enter, a player can be any gender at birth, must be under 18 years       of age on the 1 January of that year, a Member, whose home Golf Club is affiliated to the South of Scotland Golfers’ Association, and of Amateur Status as defined by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club.
b) All players must be in possession of a handicap under the current CONGU SSS & Handicapping Scheme.

JUNIOR ORDER OF MERIT

1 Conditions of Play

a) A Junior Order of Merit, to encourage players whose home Club is in the South Area to compete in the local competitions, South and County Championships and to find the most consistent junior golfers in the South of Scotland, will be collated annually.
b) The Order of Merit shall take place during a calendar year, where players shall receive points for each top five finish that they achieve in each category in the counting events.
c) Players may gain points in more than one category in each competition. A minimum of 15 competitors is required in any competition to qualify for inclusion in the Order of Merit competition
d) There shall be 4 separate categories namely:-

Boys Under 18 Scratch
Boys Under 15 Scratch
Boys Under 18 Handicap
Girls Under 18 Handicap

e) Points shall be awarded in each category as follows:-
Winner:       50 points
Runner-up     40 points
3rd           30 points
4th          20 points
5th         10 points
f) If scores are equal in strokeplay or stableford competitions any positions, other than first place, involving ties will see accumulative points divided between the players in that tied position
g) If scores are tied for first place the winner shall be the player with the better inward half, last 6 holes, etc.
h) In stableford competitions points will only be awarded in Boys Under 18 Handicap and Girls Under 18 handicap categories. There will be no points awarded in Scratch categories.
i) In the South Matchplay Championship points will be awarded as follows:-
Winner 50 points
Runner-up 40 points
Semi-finalist 25 points each
j) The winner for the year in each category shall be the player who amasses the most points. The winner of the Under 18 Scratch category will qualify for automatic selection for the following year’s Scottish Boys Area Team Championship if eligible and has a handicap of 5 or under..
k) The winner in each category shall receive a trophy and a monetary voucher issued by the Scottish Golf Union and the voucher must be used within the stipulated time and in accordance with the current conditions. In the event of a tie all those with the leading points total will receive a voucher of equal amount.
l) The competition shall be under the charge of a Member of the Executive of the South of Scotland Golfers’ Association to whom all disputes will be referred and whose decision shall be final. In certain circumstances, the Executive reserves the right to appoint authorised persons to act on their behalf to carry out specific duties.

2.       Qualification

a) To be eligible to enter, a player must be of the correct gender and under the age limit of each category on the 1 January of that year, a Member, whose home Golf Club is affiliated to the South of Scotland Golfers’ Association, and of Amateur Status as defined by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club.
b) All players must be in possession of a handicap under the current CONGU SSS & Handicapping Scheme.

January 2016