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2018 Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy Rules



1.       Format

The competition format will be SCOTCH FOURSOMES MATCHPLAY for female competitors who have reached their 60th birthday on or before 31st December 2017.

2.       Pairings

Teams will consist of 5 pairings. Players on the team may be changed throughout the tournament. A player may only represent one club.

3.       Exchange of Pairings


Pairings may play in any handicap order. Prior to the commencement of a team match, the respective team managers shall simultaneously interchange the names of their teams, their handicaps and the order of play.  It is the responsibility of each Team Manager to check with the opposing team Manager to ensure ALL team players are over 60 years on or before 31st December 2017 before the match commences.  A team with an underage player will be disqualified.

4.       Combined Handicaps

Please note that the combined handicap is 50. The current handicaps of each pairing shall be combined. Pairings with a combined handicap in excess of 50 are allowed, but they are limited to a maximum combined handicap of 50. An incorrect handicap means automatic disqualification of that pair.

5.       Stroke Allowance

Is based on half the difference of the COMBINED HANDICAPS (maximum 50 see above). Stroke allowances are rounded up to the nearest whole number.

6.       Tees

All matches are to be played off red tees. All matches to be played to a finish until an overall result has been obtained. There are no halved matches. However, a match “called in” is recorded as a half.

7.       Courtesy Shot

 To compensate for the home advantage in Home or Away matches, each pair of the away team will receive one courtesy shot per match. Firstly, calculate the normal shot differential between the Stroke Allowances of the two pairings and then credit the extra courtesy shot to the visiting pair.

In the Provincial Finals, the team on the top of the draw shall have the choice of venue for the first of the two legs. The result will be based on the cumulative total of match wins from the two fixtures. If the overall result produces a draw, the result will be decided that day by a sudden death playoff, commencing on the 1st hole.  Each Team Manager shall nominate any one of the said pairings for the playoff.  Stroke Allowance will apply.

8.       Team Managers


If a Team Manager is a player, she should appoint a Substitute Manager.  See Rule 8.1 - Rules of Golf

9.       Buggies

Buggies are only allowed with appropriate medical certificate.

10.   Postponements


All matches must be played by the date specified, no extensions can be permitted. Unplayed matches shall be scratched, unless one of the clubs has received a walkover. Unfortunately, we must strictly adhere to this in the interest of equity and competition efficiency.

11.   Results

Results of the matches must be communicated by the winning team within three days.

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12.   Finals

The Provincial Champions shall play the All Ireland Semi-Finals and Finals at Woodenbridge Golf Club on the Saturday and Sunday, 8th and 9th September 2018.


13.   Disputes

In all disputes, the decision of the Woodenbridge Golf Club shall be final. Woodenbridge Golf Club reserves the right to alter and revise the Competition Rules as it sees fit.

14.   Practice Rounds


Course facilities to be provided to opponents for practice rounds without charge.

Note:    Meals/Drinks

             After match meals and drinks shall be shared equally between home and visiting Clubs.



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