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Schedule | 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 winner.

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 afternoon.

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.

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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:

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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:

Position Order of Merit Points
Event winner 0 points
Second place 2 points
Third place 3 points
Fourth place 4 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.

Position Stableford Score Order of Merit Points
Winner 36 0
Second 36 2
Third= (Player 1) 35 3
Third= (Player 2) 35 3
Fifth 30 5

and so on.

The lowest aggregate points score therefore leads the Order of Merit List.

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Knockout Rules

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Green fees are to be shared between the two players.

  5. 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 competitions.

  6. The final is to be played at a neutral venue.

  7. 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 Hamish MacKay immediately if there are any difficulties.