Terms of Competition
a) Handicap allowances for all competition will be in accordance with current CONGU requirements
b) All individual events played over a measured course will be qualifying events for handicap purposes.
c) Clubs are not required to run qualifying competitions to determine entries for any YU competition
1) Sharp Trophy. Four Ball Better-ball Strokeplay over 18 holes. Handicap Limit 15 – 36. 90% allowance.
2) Lewis Trophy. Four Ball Better-ball Stableford over 18 holes. Handicap limit 18 – maximum aggregate 32. 90% Allowance
3) Kitching Trophy. Four Ball Better-ball Strokeplay over 18 holes. Handicap limit 18 – maximum aggregate 32. 90% allowance.
4) Yorkshire Herald Mixed Foursomes. Strokeplay competition over 18 holes. Handicap limits Men 20 ladies 32. Allowance ½ combined handicap.
5) Fulford Rose Bowl. Ladies medal competition over 18 holes. Handicap limit 32.
6) York Amateur Championship. 36 Holes Strokeplay off scratch. Handicap limit for entry decided by the Executive Committee. (See also Seward trophy). Draw will be made approximately in handicap order, with higher handicaps at the top of the draw. Played at the immediate Past President’s club.
7) York Open Championship. 36 Holes Strokeplay off scratch. Handicap limit for entry decided by the Executive Committee. (See also Seward trophy). Pairings will be decided as for the Amateur Championship. Professionals will not be paired in the same groups. Played at the Union President’s Club.
8) York Ladies Amateur Championship, Silver Division and Bronze Trophy.
a) York Ladies Amateur Championship, Silver Division Open to Silver Division Lady Members of clubs in the Union. Medal Strokeplay over 18 holes. The lowest gross score will be the Amateur Champion. The lowest net score, other than the Championship winner, will be awarded the Silver Division Trophy. Gross and Net prizes.
b).Bronze Division Trophy. Open to Bronze Division Lady Members of Clubs in the Union. Handicap Stroke Play over 18 holes. Handicap limit may be amended by the Executive from time to time.
9) Crossley and Fletcher Trophies
a) Crossley Trophy. 18 Hole Strokeplay – Handicap Limit 12. Trophy awarded to lowest net score. Gross and Net prizes. Maximum of 3 Juniors per club allowed to enter. (Players wishing to be considered for Union teams are asked to enter this event.)
b) Fletcher Trophy. 18 Holes Handicap Strokeplay. Handicap limits 13-24.
10) Seward Trophy. 18 Holes Handicap Strokeplay for Junior Boys and Girls. Run in conjunction with the Amateur Championship, except when scheduled to be played at Heworth Golf Club, when it will either be played there on a different date, or in conjunction with the Open Championship. Handicap Limit 18.
11) 1900th Anniversary Bowl. Four ball – Better Ball – Handicap Strokeplay over 18 Holes. Handicap limit 18 (max combined handicap 32). 90% handicap allowance. The Trophy is awarded to the club with the lowest aggregate of 2 pairs (or such number as the Committee may decide from time to time). Individual prizes.
12) Cross Trophy. A series of 13 winter four ball better ball competitions played over all courses in the Union from October to March. The Trophy is awarded to the club with the lowest aggregate score of 3 pairs (or such number as the committee may decide from time to time) from each round. In the event of a tie, the Trophy shall be held jointly by the winning clubs. Two rounds are scheduled to be played on each day and no competitor may play in both rounds, even if either of the rounds is subsequently played on a different day. Handicap limit 18 (max combined handicap 32). 90% handicap allowance. An equal number of places will be made available to all clubs, and in the event of a club not taking up its full allocation, or if there are spare tee-times available, the Competition Secretary may allot places from reserve lists from other clubs to make up a full field – maintaining an equal share of such places to all clubs as far as possible. All entries including reserves shall be eligible for prizes, and all entries will be eligible to count towards the aggregate for each club. Any club failing to meet the minimum number of entries required for any round of the competition will be eliminated from the Trophy competition, but its members will still be eligible to play in subsequent rounds for individual prizes. Cleaning and placing, and any other local rules introduced by the Union for the Competition will apply to all rounds of the competition irrespective of any Host club local rules that may be in force. Play will be from Yellow tees where possible.
13) Seniors Championship and Reed Trophy
a) Seniors Championship. 18 Hole Stableford competition – White Tees. Trophy awarded to best points score. Handicap limit 18. Players must be aged 55 or over on the day of the competition.
b) Reed Trophy. 18 Holes Stableford competition – Yellow tees. If played at the same course on the same day as the Seniors Championship, all play will be from White tees. Trophy awarded to best points score. Handicap limits 19-28. Players must be aged 55 or over on the day of the competition.
14) Pick Trophy. 18 Holes Stableford competition played from Yellow Tees. Trophy awarded to best points score. Handicap limit 28 – full allowance. Players must be aged 65 or over on the day of the competition. Other than the Trophy Winner, Prizes will be awarded to the best scores in each of 2 handicap divisions. The number of vouchers and the limits of the divisions will be determined by an equal split as far as possible according to the number and make up of entries on the day.
15) Matchplay Championship (Wilkinson Trophy). Each round is 18 holes Matchplay off scratch. Entry is open to all Union members for a maximum of 32 players balloted by the finishing position in the previous year’s Order of Merit, then by handicap. 16 players will be seeded for the first round, with non-seeded players having home advantage. Rounds 2 & 3 will be played at a neutral venue nominated by the Organiser. Players must make their own arrangements with the clubs concerned. The Semi-finals and Final will be played on the same day preferably at the current Union President’s home course.
16) Junior Championship. 36 holes Strokeplay off scratch for Junior Boys and Girls. Boys will play from White tees; girls will play from Red tees. Handicap limit for entry as decided from time to time by the executive committee. Trophy awarded to best Gross score. Gross and net prizes.
17) Inter Club Scratch League.
a)Teams will consist of four players
b)Each team will play two matches per season, home and away, against the other teams in their division.
c)Matches will take place during the week set out in the fixture list, on a day and time mutually agreed by the two team captains, with the host club having priority of choice.
d)Only team captains can decide that a match be postponed or suspended, unless the course has been closed by the host club. In the case of postponement other than for a course closure, the decision shall be made on the first tee at 6:00 p.m. or later on the day of the match. The Competition Secretary shall be informed of the reason for any postponement without delay. Matches may not be postponed or suspended for any reason other than bad weather, state of the course following bad weather, or course closure.
e)In the event of suspension after a match has started and which cannot be completed within seven days, the results of completed matches will stand, and any games in progress will be awarded a half.
f)A match postponed or suspended before play commences, shall be played within seven days, on a date mutually agreed, or failing agreement, on the seventh day. If a team is unable to host the event within the period allowed, it may waive home advantage and play at the opponent’s course if this can be done in the period allowed. In the event of extreme bad weather, and with the prior agreement of the Competition Secretary, a match may be re-arranged for the next free week in the calendar, or the week following the last match of the season, whichever is sooner.
g)In the event that the match cannot be played, the points will be shared.
h)A team shall concede a match only if it is unable to meet its obligations to raise a full team.
i)Points will be awarded as follows:
i.For each game – 2 points for a win, 1 point for a half.
ii.For each Match – 2 points for the team with most game points, 1 point if game points are level.
j)The Team Captains for each match shall list their players in order of handicaps. The lists shall be exchanged simultaneously and the pairings for each game taken accordingly.
k)If a player fails to be present for his game within the teeing-time allocated to the match by the host club, then he shall be recorded as having lost.
l)The visiting players shall be given the card of the course and any local rules.
m)It is the responsibility of the home team captain to inform the Organising official of the details of players and the result as soon as possible after the conclusion of the match.
n)The league will be divided into two or more divisions, with no more than seven teams in each division, according to the number of teams entered. Any new teams registered shall join the league in the lowest division.
o)A player may only represent one club in any season. Where a club has more than one team, four (4) players must be nominated for each team before the first match. Any other club member may play for any team up to a maximum of 3 games, but then can only play for that team.
p)The number of teams to be promoted or relegated from each division (normally 2) may be varied by season to balance the number of teams playing in each division, and will be advised to clubs at the start of each season.
q)If the event of a tie for first place in a division, or if teams are tied for promotion, a play-off will be arranged on a neutral course. In the event of a tie in a play-off involving two teams, the last named pair will play sudden death to decide the outcome. If the sudden death play-off cannot be played, the last-named pair shall arrange an 18 hole play-off on a different day. In a play-off involving more than two teams, all team members will play 18 holes Strokeplay, with the aggregate score of the team deciding the winner. If this still results in a tie, the last named players will play sudden death until a winner is found.
r)If there is a tie on points for relegation, the relegation place (or places) will be decided as follows:
1)The team(s) with the worst aggregate number of total games won in all matches will be relegated.
2)If there is still a tie, the team with the lower points of the Home and Away matches between the tied teams will be relegated.
3)If there is still a tie, the aggregate number of game points between the tied teams will be used.
4)If there is still a tie, the lowest aggregate of holes won between the teams will be used.
5)If there is still a tie, the relegation places will be decided by lot.
18) York Union Club Team Championship. A 36 hole team championship consisting of 18 holes foursomes Strokeplay and 18 holes singles Strokeplay with a team of four players representing each club’s scratch team(s), and a named reserve who may be used as a substitute in either the foursomes or singles on the day. All players must have competed in at least one inter club scratch match during the season. If any player has played for more than one team at a club, he must have completed 3 matches for the team to play in the championship. The lowest aggregate score of all six rounds (2 foursomes and 4 singles) for each team will be awarded the Championship. Ties will be settled according to the lowest aggregate in the singles matches for the last 9, 6, 3 or 1 hole, or if necessary the last 6, 3 or 1 hole on the front 9 holes. If there is still a tie, the foursomes’ scores will be used in a similar manner. If there is still a tie, the Championship will be held jointly.
19) Issott Trophy. Awarded to the player with the best individual gross score in the Team Championship, having played in both foursomes and singles.
20) Pike Hills Cup. (Handicap Matchplay) For Handicap Category 2 & 3 (6-20). Allowance - Full handicap difference. Maximum of 64 players. Random draw. First round matches are played at the first named player’s home club. Subsequent rounds excluding the Semi-finals and Final will be played at a neutral venue nominated by the Competition Secretary. Players must make their own arrangements with the clubs concerned. The Semi-finals and Final will be played on the same day preferably at the current Union President’s home course.
21) The Aldwark Trophy. Four ball better ball 18 Hole Stableford for ladies. Handicap limit 32, 90% handicap allowance.
22) Junior Team Championship. A team championship for one team of four junior players from each club. 18 holes Stableford – full handicap allowance. Handicap limit boys 18 girls 24. The trophy is awarded to the club with the best aggregate of the three scores from each club. In the event of a tie, the fourth player’s score will be used to decide the winning team. If there is still a tie, the leading three players cards will be used as in Competition no 18 (Team Championship). The winning team will represent the York Union in the IDU regional final of the EGU Junior Champion Club Tournament.
23) The Hardman Trophy. Awarded at the end of each playing season to the Junior Boy or Girl considered to be the most improved player, having made significant contributions to their Club and Union, and exhibiting sportsmanship and endeavour. The recipient will be decided by the President, Secretary and the Junior Coordinator or Competition Secretary.
24) The Thompson Trophy. 18 Hole Competition off scratch played in May. Entry by invitation to players in the IDU Senior and Junior squads to a maximum of 30 players.