General Competition Conditions

At all times, the Rules of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, any Local Rules and the spirit of the game must be upheld.

All entries to the Association’s competitions are subject to the approval of the Competitions Sub-Committee, who shall have the right to refuse entry without assigning a reason.

All Competitions shall be open to female amateur golfers who are members of a club affiliated to the Association, with the exception that members shall only be eligible to compete in the County Championship or to play for any County Team if their home club is affiliated to the Association (see also England Golf County Golf Regulations Rule 1 (a) and (b).

  1. All players must have a certified CONGU competition handicap (marked with a ‘c’). A current handicap certificate or valid CDH Number must be produced. Failure to do so before completion of a competition will make a player ineligible for a prize

  2. An approved ball must be played

  3. All ties to be decided on a count back over the last 18, 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes, except scratch trophies which will be shared, unless stated otherwise in the individual competition conditions

  4. A player arriving late on the tee may be disqualified under Rule 6-3, although, the ‘5 Minute Rule’ will be applied in the Competition Conditions, under Rule 33.1. The Competition Committee of the Day shall at its’ discretion apply Rule 33.7 and will take into consideration major traffic disruptions in individual cases.

  5. If play in a competition is suspended due to a thunderstorm, etc, players may seek shelter and may be called off the course. If after a reasonable time, conditions have improved, then play should resume

  6. It is permitted to use a distance-measuring device in any competition, If, however, during a stipulated round, a player uses the device (including a multi-functional device such as a mobile phone) to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect her play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speed etc.) the player is in breach of Rule 14-3

  7. Motorised golf buggies are only allowed on medical grounds, and if the host club agrees, and shall be for the use of the certified player only, except in the case of foursomes when a partner’s clubs may be carried on the buggy.

    1. A written request should be sent to the designated competition organiser at least 1 week before the competition date and must be accompanied by a copy of the medical certificate. The applicant must obtain the agreement of the host club prior to submitting such a request

    2. Entrants with a long term need for a motorised buggy should submit a written request, with a copy of the medical certificate, to the County Competition Secretary at the beginning of the season, and if agreed this request will give them indefinite use of a motorised buggy for all the competitions that they enter for that season only, but they must still seek agreement from the host club prior to entering the relevant competition.

    3. In considering requests for use of motorised buggies the Association will use the England Golf Transportation Policy as a reference guide to aid the decision-making.

  8. Any disputes on the day will be settled by the Committee, whose decision shall be final

  9. Players are expected to adhere to the dress code of the host club

  10. Entries must be sent to the designated competition organiser and the closing day will be normally be one month before the competition. Entries are to be sent singly or in twos for foursomes competitions. Playing partners with similar handicaps will be arranged in all foursomes competitions as required

  11. A member reducing her handicap from a higher division to a lower before the closing date will be ineligible to play in the higher division. Everything possible will be done to accommodate this member to play in the lower division. A member reducing her handicap after the closing date will only be eligible for the handicap prize

  12. Start sheets will be sent out within one week of the closing date, normally by email. A stamped addressed envelope must be sent with the entry form only if a hard copy of the start sheet is required.

  13. Entry fees should be paid at the time of entry, either by BACS payment or by cheque made payable to Cambs & Hunts LCGA. The designated competition code(s) should be clearly indicated

  14. Entry fees will only be returned to players withdrawing from a competition after the closing date if a substitute can be found. Players wishing to withdraw from a competition must always inform the designated competition organiser who will advise as to the procedure to take

  15. Method of ballot for competitions over subscribed:

    1. higher handicaps balloted out in the County Championship and Foursomes Championship

    2. in all other competitions entries will be accepted on a ‘first come’ basis

  16. A player is permitted to use a caddie in any competition, except in

    1. under 16 Championships when caddies are not allowed

    2. under 18 Championships when either caddies are not allowed or they must be under 18 on 1st January of the year in which the Championship is being played

It is not permitted to use professional or assistant professionals as a caddie. Separate guidance notes on the use of caddies are available

  1. Dogs are not permitted during the play of competitions, with either players or caddies.

  2. Subject to the Rules of Amateur Status, a player’s name should only appear on a bag tag or in small print on the bag itself. A player may be deemed to be advertising the manufacturer of that bag if her own name appears in large letters, which would constitute a breach of Amateur Status rule 6-2 (Lending name or likeness)

  3. Competitors are reminded that it is the duty of every player to keep up with the game in front, and not just keep ahead of the game behind. The Competition Committee of the Day will monitor the pace of play and will take action under the Rules of Golf if players are considered to be delaying play unduly.