The Leicestershire & Rutland Golf Union Scratch League                          

Tournament Conditions

  1. The League shall be named the Leicestershire & Rutland Scratch League, and shall be open to clubs affiliated to the L&RGU.
  2. The League will be administered by the Scratch League Secretary who shall be appointed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Golf Union at the A.G.M.
  3. Matches shall be eight (8) games of singles match play, played off scratch, over a stipulated round of eighteen (18) holes.
  4. All matches will play off the tees of the longest measured course available. The teeing ground is the starting place for the hole to be played. It is a rectangular area two club-lengths in depth, the front and the sides of which are defined by the outside limits of two tee-markers. A ball is outside the teeing ground when all of it lies outside the teeing ground. 
  5. Matches should start at 5:00pm unless a prior agreement has been made between the Clubs. If any individual player arrives at his starting point more than 50 minutes after the agreed match start time, he shall forfeit his individual game.
  6. Each Team Captain should enumerate his players in playing order and the two lists should be exchanged fifteen (15) minutes before the match commences. Every effort should be made to encourage games where both players are present to tee off in the designated order without delay.
  7. It is the responsibility of the home Team Captain to communicate the result of the match to the Scratch League Secretary after the match is over, to enable the League Tables to be updated on the www.lrgu.co.uk website.
  8. No player may represent more than one Club during a season and all players must be playing members of the club they represent.
  9. All matches should be played on the specified day, unless the course has been closed by the host club. If a match cannot be completed due to a) The course becoming unplayable due to water logging (holes under water) or b)Insufficient light to complete the matches, the Team Captains are required to make a mutual decision to suspend the match and arrange a new date to complete any unfinished games, games will restart at the point where they were suspended. This must be within ten (10) days of the original date. The Scratch League Secretary must be kept informed of any suspended or postponed match. Should matches not be completed within ten (10) days of the original date, the Scratch League Secretary shall be empowered to make a decision regarding the match.
  10. Two points shall be awarded to the winning Club of each match and one point shall be awarded for a drawn match. In the event of Clubs having an equal number of points at the end of the season, "games difference" will decide the order of participants. If, after applying “games difference" there is still a tie for the title, promotion or relegation, a play-off will take place on a neutral course as directed by the Scratch League Secretary.
  11. In all divisions, the matches shall be played to a predetermined formula starting on the 17 th Thursday of the year up to and including the 33 rd Thursday of the year. The order of play will be based on the league tables at the end of the previous season, having taken promotion and relegation into consideration. See Appendix 1. The number of divisions shall be regulated by the number of Clubs participating. There shall be no less than five Clubs and no more than six Clubs in a division.
  12. At the end of each season, the bottom Club in all but the lowest division shall be relegated and the top Club in each division other than division 1 shall be promoted. In the event of an additional Club successfully applying to join the League a) That Club will enter the lowest division, b) The lowest division shall accommodate an extra Club first. In this event, the leading two Clubs from the lowest division will be promoted. c) The same formula shall be used to make up other higher divisions, should further Clubs be admitted. d) This process would be reversed should the number of Clubs be reduced or the number of divisions increased.
  13. If any Club fails to fulfil its fixtures without good cause by the end of the season (33 rd Thursday), that Club shall have all results declared void and be relegated at the end of the season.
  14. Winning Clubs will receive their trophies at the Leicestershire & Rutland Golf Union Annual Dinner, held in February the following year.
  15. Any applications from Clubs to join the Leicestershire & Rutland Union Scratch Golf League must be received before August 31st for that Club to be permitted to take part in the following year. Any Club wishing to resign from the League must submit its resignation before August 31st for this is to be effective in the following year.

    Appendix 1. Order of play rotation and match schedule

                       Five Club Division

Fixed Date

Home Club

v

Away Club

 

Home Club

v

Away Club

 

No Match

1

5

plays

4


3

plays

2


1

2

5

plays

3


4

plays

1


2

3

1

plays

5


2

plays

4


3

4

2

plays

5


3

plays

1


4

5

4

plays

3


1

plays

2


5

6 - 10

Repeat but reverse home and away venues


Six Club Division

Fixed Date

Home Club

v

Away Club

 

Home Club

v

Away Club

 

Home Club

v

Away Club

1

5

plays

4


3

plays

2


1

plays

6

2

5

plays

3


4

plays

1


6

plays

2

3

1

plays

5


2

plays

4


3

plays

6

4

2

plays

5


3

plays

1


6

plays

4

5

4

plays

3


1

plays

2


5

plays

6

6 - 10

                                                 Repeat but reverse home and away venues

Updated 1st March 2016

Downloadable Version
2016_LRGU_ScratchLeague_Fixtures.pdf