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2017 Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy Rules

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2017 RULES MARY MCKENNA DIAMOND TROPHY

1.       Format

The competition format will be SCOTCH FOURSOMES MATCHPLAY  for  female competitors who have reached their 60th birthday on or before 31st December 2016.

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

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. Pairings may play in any order.  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 2016 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

Round One matches will be played on a Home AND Away basis, with the exception of Dublin North and Dublin South which shall be Home OR Away.  All subsequent County and Regional matches with the exception of the finals will be played on a Home OR Away basis.

All County and Regional Finals are to be played on a Home AND Away basis

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. There are NO COURTESY SHOTS in Home and Away matches in County, Regional or All Ireland Finals.

In the County Finals, the team onthe bottom of the draw shall have the choice of venue for the first of the two legs.

In the Regional 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. Un-played 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 Regional Champions shall play the All Ireland Semi-Finals and Finals at Woodenbridge Golf Club on the Saturday and Sunday, 9th and 10th September 2017. 

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.

2017  ENTRY FORM