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
If the player is a member of a golf club then their current club handicap is used
as a base handicap. Society members who are not members of a golf club will be
allocated a society handicap to be used as a base handicap. Handicap reductions
which accrue during the year will apply to these base handicaps. Members with
society handicaps who have significant scores of more than 36 points will have
their handicap reviewed, and will be notified of their new base handicap. There
are no reductions to the base handicap when playing in knockout competitions.
The winner of an Event is penalised 2 strokes and the winners of each
Division at an Event are penalised 1 stroke for subsequent Society
competitions (see below). Where a player wins more than one Event and/or
Division in a season, penalty strokes accrued are cumulative.
The Peter Murphy Memorial Trophy competition is excluded from this rule, and
in this competition all competitors shall
play off their full Club or Society handicaps as appropriate at the date
of the competition.
Penalties shall apply to a full year of 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 Norman Jamison.
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.
The format is match play with strokes given being
the full difference in handicap. The competition will be over 18 holes with sudden death over extra
holes if level.
Handicap is taken to be the current base handicap at the date of
the match being played. Handicap penalties accrued in regular society events do
not apply in this competition.
Where both players are golf club members, or neither is a member, then the first player in the draw has choice of venue. If only one is a golf club
member then the match should be played at his club.
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 and the scores to the organiser
Hamish MacKay as soon as possible.
Results can be sent by email or by telephone. Failure to notify the
organiser by the completion date for each round will result in the
disqualification of both players from future rounds of both the Main and Plate
The final is to be played at a neutral venue.
Losers of their first match will be eligible to play in the plate
competition. The draw for the plate will take place when the first round results are known.
Please try and arrange your matches in good time. Do not leave until the close to the end date, and notify
immediately if there are any difficulties.