Handicaps | Order of Merit(Society
Champion) | Knockout Rules
There are 7 stableford events per year, usually one per month from April to
October, all played off full handicap over 18 holes. The first 6 events count
towards the overall Society Champion.
The first event in April commences with the Captain's Drive and with it an
opportunity to win some money on the sweepstake to guess the outcome of this
inaugural feat. We then play for the Arthur Jackson Trophy.
In May we have an away day (within 50 miles of Manchester). In the morning we
usually organise a friendly 9-hole competition such as a Texas Scramble and in
the afternoon we will play for the President's Trophy.
In June we have a half-day event with The
TT Jackson Trophy being awarded to
The July event is Captain's day, so not unreasonably we will be playing for
The Captain's Trophy. In the morning there is usually a fun 9 holes in a format
of the Captain's choice, followed by the usual 18 hole competition in the
August is the month for the
Dave Johnson Trophy competition.
September brings the traditional end of
season bash where we will be playing for the Guy Ferguson Trophy. Originally
played for many years at Meltham, the venue of this event has now moved. It is
now played on different courses each year.
A final event is held either in late September or Early October where we play
an 18 hole competition for the Peter Murphy Memorial Trophy.
This event does not count to any handicap adjustments, nor to the Order of
Merit. Members are invited to bring along guests.
In addition to these 7 events, there is a Knockout competition, and a
Plate competition for those who do not succeed in the first round of the
knockout. So you are guaranteed at least 2 rounds if you enter.
The overall Society Champion is awarded the Arndale Shield
A special award is given at the end of the season - the Renee Quinn Award -
this award is to be given to the player highest up the final order of merit who
has not won either a main trophy or a divisional prize.
Handicaps - Penalties and Adjustments
All society events are played using the Course Handicap for the course played.
Players should use their current WHS Handicap Index to calculate their Course Handicap for each competition.
Society members who are not members of a golf club will be allocated a Society Handicap Index to be used to calculate the Course Handicap.
The calculation of Playing Handicaps is not required.
Each winner of an Event within the Order of Merit is penalised 2 strokes and the winners of each Division at these Events are penalised
1 stroke for the next year (as below). Where a player wins more than one Event and or Division in a season, penalty strokes accrued are cumulative.
The results of The Peter Murphy Memorial Trophy and all Knockout/Plate matches do not qualify for the Order of Merit: Society penalties do not apply.
Penalties incurred apply to a player's Course Handicap
Members with Society Handicap Indices will have their handicap reviewed when appropiate and will be notified of changes.
Penalties shall apply to a full year to all other competitions on a "rolling year" basis as set out below:
Event 1 Penalty strokes acquired as a result
of performance in Event 1 will expire after Event 1 next year
Event 2 Penalty strokes acquired as a result
of performance in Event 2 will expire after Event 2 next year
Event 3 Penalty strokes acquired as a result
of performance in Event 3 will expire after Event 3 next year
Event 4 Penalty strokes acquired as a result
of performance in Event 4 will expire after Event 4 next year
Event 5 Penalty strokes acquired as a result
of performance in Event 5 will expire after Event 5 next year
Event 6 Penalty strokes acquired as a result
of performance in Event 6 will expire after Event 6 next year
Society Champion - Order of Merit Trophy
The table for NW Order of Merit is administered and audited by the web-site administrator, currently Paul MacDonald.
The Order of Merit positions for the season are based on your best 4 results from
the 6 events up to and including the last qualifying event of the year, but not
the Peter Murphy. The points
system used in determining the Order of Merit
is calculated from the Stableford positions in each
event as follows:
||Order of Merit Points
and so on.
The winner will, if necessary, be determined from a card play off. However, card
play offs do not apply when calculating second place onwards. Equal Stableford
points therefore score equal Order of Merit points, e.g.
||Order of Merit Points
|Third= (Player 1)
|Third= (Player 2)
and so on.
The lowest aggregate points score therefore leads the Order of Merit List.
Entrants must notify the Knockout Secretary and pay gthe approriate fee to the Treasurer
The Competition format is individual match play over 18 holes. If tied after 18 holes,
the match will continue over additional holes until one of the players wins a hole and the match (sudden death).
The extra holes should be agreed before the start of the match.
The Stroke Allowance for the higher handicapped player is the full difference in Course Handicap, based on the Handicap Index current at the date of the match.
Handicap penalties accrued in regular society events do not apply in this competition.
Losers of their first match will be eligible to play in the Plate competition. The draw for the
plate will take place when the results of the first round(s) are known.
The first player in the draw has the choice of venue. If only one player is a member of a golf club,
the match should be played at that club to minimise costs.
Green fees are to be shared between the two players.
All matches must be completed by the notified dates and the winner of each match must send the result
(players plus score) and venue to the Knockout Secretary within two days of the match. Results can be sent by
email / text message / WhatsApp. Failure to notify the organiser in good time may result in disqualification.
Finals should be played at a neutral venue
Where matches cannot be played by the scheduled date for the round, the Knockout Secretary may:
Permit a short delay where all affected are agreed.
Use exceptional criteria to determine whch player wins the match, e.g:
the player who has won by more holes in the previous rounds
course slope ratings
substitution of an unavailable player
the player who has caused the most delays
Plan your matches in good time.Notify the Knockout Secretary if there are any difficulties
in playing matches by the due date.
For 2022 the Knockout Secretary is email:
Hamish MacKay ; 07407 353153