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Safeguarding & 

Child Protection Policy

Club Welfare Officer (CWO): Vacancy

Deputy Club Welfare Officer (DCWO): Dave Taylor (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Rodway Hill Golf Club has considered its responsibilities to the children participating in club activities very carefully and has produced the following Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and underpinning procedures in order to set out the standards we wish to uphold in providing activities for children and safeguarding the welfare of children in our care.

Rodway Hill Golf Club affiliates to England Golf Union (EGU).  The club recognises the policies of the Governing Body, as set out at www.childreningolf.org/about-us/roles-responsibilities.

Policy Statement

Rodway Hill Golf Club acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard the welfare of all children (defined as those under 18 years of age) involved in club activities.  All children have a right to protection, and have their particular needs taken into account.

Rodway Hill Golf Club will therefore endeavour to ensure the safety and protection of all children involved with the club through the Child Protection guidelines adopted by the Committee of the club.  It is the responsibility of all adults within the club to assist the Committee with this endeavour.

Policy Aims

  • To provide children with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of the club and also help them to enjoy their experience of the sport.
  • To reassure parents/carers that their children will receive the best practicable care possible whilst participating in club activities.
  • To provide support staff and volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues and to fulfil their role effectively.

Principles

  • The welfare of children is paramount.
  • All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, ethnic origin and religious beliefs have the right to protection from abuse.
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • All staff and volunteers have a responsibility to report concerns to the nominated Club Welfare Officer or Deputy Club Welfare Officer.
  • Adults – staff, volunteers, coaches, referees and members will be supported to understand their role and responsibility with regard to the duty of care and protection of children and young people.
  • The club Committee will receive support through education and training to be aware of and understand best practice and how to manage any welfare or child protection issues that may come to light.

Rodway Hill Golf Club will work in partnership with parents/carers to review and implement child protection and welfare procedures.

Rodway Hill Golf Club’s policy and procedures are based on the above principles and UK and international legislation and government guidance and take the following into consideration:

  • The Children Act (1989 & 2004).
  • The Data Protection Act (1994 & 1998).
  • The Police Act (1997).
  • The Human Rights Act (1998).
  • The Protection of Children Act (1999).
  • Caring for the young and vulnerable – Home Office Guidance for preventing the abuse of trust (1999).
  • The Criminal and Court Services Act (2000).
  • What to do if you are worried a child is being abused (2005).
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (2010).
  • The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Any subsequent legislation relating to child protection would implicitly be incorporated into this document.

Responsibilities & Communication

The Rodway Hill Golf Club Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy will be available to all members, parents/carers, staff, volunteers and participants.

The Policy will be reviewed every three years by the Committee, and amended as appropriate. 

The Committee has responsibility for ensuring that the policy and procedures are implemented, including taking any disciplinary action necessary.

The Club Welfare Officer has responsibility for the responding to any allegations, concerns or child protection incidents, passing information to the NGB Child Protection Officer and informing the appropriate club staff.

Parents/Carers have a responsibility to work together with the club in implementing procedures and providing their children with the necessary information to safeguard themselves.

Dealing with Concerns

It is not the responsibility of those working in golf to decide whether or not child abuse is occurring.  It is however their responsibility to act on concerns about inappropriate behaviour, abuse or bullying.

All information received and discussed must be treated as confidential and only shared with those who will be able to manage and resolve the situation. On occasion it may be necessary to seek advice from the NGB Lead Child Protection Officer (NGB CPO), or inform statutory agencies such as Child Social Care (CSC) or the police. 

Concerns should be dealt with using the procedures outlined on the following pages.  

Safeguarding Children

Physical Abuse:

A form of abuse which may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child.  Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child.

            Signs and Signals

  • Fractures
  • Cigarette burns
  • Human bites
  • Bruised eyes
  • Fingertip bruising
  • Burns and scald marks
  • Bruising in sites not easily injured
  • Frequent “accidents”
  • Unusual cuts or marks
  • Parents/carers not leaving the side of an injured child
  • Frozen watchfulness
  • Aggressive play/conduct problems
  • Preoccupation with own body and health
  • Account of injuries inconsistent with their appearance
  • Unusual degree of parental/carer hostility
  • Unusual lack of parental/carer concern
  • Different accounts of events
  • Injuries and different stages of healing
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Reluctance to undress/participate in sport.

Neglect:

The persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and psychological needs, likely to result in serious impairment of the child’s health or development.  Neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to: provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment); protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger; ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers); or ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.  It may also include neglect of; or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.

            

Signs and Signals

  • Growth failure
  • Developmental delay
  • Excessive hunger
  • Inadequate clothing
  • Very poor condition – skin, hair, nails and general physical appearance
  • Poor hygiene
  • Marked drop in weight/height centiles without reason
  • Tired and apathetic presentation
  • Poor activity attendance without reason
  • Inability to play – due to lack of stimulation
  • Parent/carer with mental health/drug/alcohol problems
  • Untreated illness or injury
  • Evidence of failure to protect a child from exposure to any kind of danger
  • Withdrawn
  • Food scavenging
  • Poor achievement

Emotional Abuse:

The persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and adverse effects on the child’s emotional development.  It may involve conveying to a child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person.  It may include not giving the child opportunities to express their views, deliberately silencing them or ‘making fun’ of what they say or how they communicate.

It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children.  These may include interactions that are beyond a child’s developmental capability as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction.  IT may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another.  It may involve serious bullying (including cyberbullying), causing children to frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children.

            Signs and Signals

  • Emotional rejection of the child
  • Scapegoating of child by family members
  • Child subjected to constant blaming/criticism or ridicule
  • Child racially abused by family members
  • Breakdown of parental relationship with chronic, bitter conflict over contact/residences
  • Major and repeated family changes (separations, etc.)
  • Domestic violence
  • Child is responsible for caring for other children/parents
  • Addiction to drugs and alcohol or involvement in seriously deviant lifestyles
  • Bizarre parental beliefs
  • Serious physical or psychiatric illness of parent
  • Fear, anxiety, depression, despair
  • Extreme lack of self esteem
  • Poor achievement and concentration
  • Over-compliant and passive behaviour
  • Dominating and controlling behaviour
  • Poor relationships

Sexual Abuse:

Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening.  The activities may involve physical contact including assault by penetration (for example rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing.  They may also include non-contact activities such as involving children in looking at or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet).  Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males.  Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.

            Signs and Signals

  • Pregnancy – especially where the father is unknown
  • Semen in vagina, anus or external genitalia
  • Bruising, scratching or other injuries to genital or anal areas, or other “sexual” areas such as breasts, lips, etc.
  • Sexually transmitted infections/diseases
  • Anal warts
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Soreness/itching or pain on toileting
  • Recurrent abdominal pain, headaches or other
  • Psychosomatic features
  • A child who hints at sexual activity/uncomfortable secrets
  • Inappropriate sexual behaviour to other children or adults
  • Preoccupation with sex
  • Inappropriate and repeated sexual play talk/drawings
  • Running away
  • A child avoiding certain people/situations
  • Severe eating disorders in older children
  • Self-harming behaviour

Further information on Child Sexual Exploitation and Female Genital Mutilation

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people receive something (for example food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, gifts, money or in some cases simply affection) as a result of engaging in sexual activities.  Sexual exploitation can take many forms, ranging from the seemingly ‘consensual’ relationship where sex is exchanged for affection or gifts, to serious organised crime by gangs and groups.  What marks out exploitation is an imbalance of power in the relationship. The perpetrator always holds some kind of power over the victim which increases as the exploitative relationship develops.  Sexual exploitation involves carrying degrees of coercion, intimidation or enticement, including unwanted pressure from pees to have sex, sexual bullying including cyberbullying and grooming.  However it is also important to recognise that some young people who are being sexually exploited do not exhibit any external signs of this abuse.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): professionals in all agencies and groups in relevant communities, need to be alert to the possibility of a girl being at risk of FGM, or already having suffered FGM.  There is a range of potential indicators that a child or young person may be at risk of FGM, which individually may not indicate risk but if there are two or more indicators present this could signal a risk to the child or young person.  Victims of FGM are likely to come from a community that is known to practise FGM. Professionals should note that girls at risk of FGM may not yet be aware of the practice or that it may be conducted on them, so sensitivity should always be shown when approaching the subject.

Listen to the Child

Children who report to a member, staff, volunteer or participant that someone has abused them must by listened to and heard, whatever form the communication may take.

The following points give guidance on how to deal with a child who makes an allegation:

  • Listen to the child, but do not conduct an interview or ask the child to repeat the account.  Avoid asking questions and make sure that any questions asked are open-ended (i.e. not inviting yes or no as an answer).
  • Do not interrupt when the child is recalling significant events.
  • Make a careful note of all information, including details such as timing, setting, who was present and what was said, in the child’s own words.  The account should be obtained verbatim or as near as possible.  Always record what was said as contemporaneously as possible. Notes written up afterwards will carry less weight than those made at the time.
  • Take care not to make assumptions about what the child is saying or to make interpretations.
  • On no account should you make suggestions to the child as to an alternative explanation for their worries.
  • The written record of the allegations should be signed and dated by the person who received them as soon as is practicable.
  • All actions subsequently taken should be recorded.
  • The Disclosure should be reported to the CWO as soon as possible.
  • No member, staff, volunteer or participant should promise confidentiality to a child who makes an allegation.  The member, staff, volunteer or participant should make it clear to any child asking confidentiality that he or she will need to pass on what has been told, to ensure the protection of the child concerned. Within that context, the child should then be assured that the matter will be disclosed only to people who need to know, and the child will know who these people are.

Take Action

The member, staff, volunteer or participant who has listened to the allegations of abuse should report immediately to the CWO, who will pass information to the NGB Lead Child Protection Officer as outlined above.  If the CWO is the person against whom the allegation is made, the member, staff, volunteer or participant should report to the DCWO or a member of the Committee.  The support needs of a child who expresses concerns about significant harm should be considered and met, utilising resources within or beyond the club as necessary.

Specific Issues

Any questions or requests for further information regarding any of the issues discussed in this document should be directed to the CWO/DCWO.

HOW DO I GET A HANDICAP?

How do I get a handicap and maintain it?

To get a golf handicap that will then be recognised at any course, you need to submit score cards for 54 holes (3 lots of eighteen, or a mixture of nine/s and eighteen/s) signed by yourself and by the person recording the score (the marker, who must him or herself have a valid handicap) by placing them in the box immediately inside the door to the club shop.  You can also get these scores by playing in any of the singles medal or stableford competitions listed below.

Alternatively, you can submit a SUPPLEMENTARY SCORE. To do this, you need to sign on the sheet in the folder that is kept behind the desk in the clubhouse, BEFORE you play the round and then place the scorecard in the box (You cannot have a particularly good or bad round and then say ‘I think I’ll submit that for my handicap’).  You can do this over 9 or 18 holes.  You do need to indicate on the card which tees you have played off – for men, this is usually yellow. While we encourage players to submit supplementary scores to ensure thay maintain a handicap, there is some guidance from England Golf about them, as follows:

Although golf club committees and administrators may consider that in the course of a playing season they organise an adequate number of competitions to provide ample opportunity for Members to participate, investigation has confirmed that a substantial number of Members do not return sufficient scores in the period between Annual Reviews to maintain a handicap that reasonably reflects their current ability.

This may in part be due to:

  • Work or family commitments preventing participation in competitions;
  • Difficulty in obtaining an acceptable starting time on competition days in clubs with a large playing membership; or
  • A declining desire to play regular competitive golf.

Supplementary rounds are not therefore seen by England Golf as a way ofplayers working to reduce (or increase) their handicaps when they are able to play in regular club competitions. Clause 21 further stipulates that the maximum number of such rounds anyone can play in a year is ten, and that a player cannot submit two supplementary rounds in a week.

On any scorecard you hand in, you only have to show your gross score – your actual number of shots – at each hole.  The handicap secretary and Handicap Master (the national computer programme for golf handicaps) will do the rest.

To keep a handicap and thus to be able to play in competitions, you have to submit a minimum of three ‘qualifying’ scorecards in 12 months; if you don’t, your handicap will lapse and you will have to play another 54 holes, as above.

The Club Committee undertakes an annual review of handicaps, usually in December of each year.  With information from the computer about each player’s performance over the year, together with knowledge of how players have been performing in other situations, the Committee can make a judgement to raise or lower a handicap so that it is a proper reflection of a player’s ability.

GENERAL TERMS OF COMPETITION

It is the responsibility of members to know and follow these General Terms of Competition, as well as any Specific Terms of Competition that apply to the various competitions staged by the Club.

1. ELIGIBILTY

Age Limits

Mens and Ladies competitions have no age limitations.

Senior Mens competitions are open to all males members who are 55 years of age or older. A player must be 55 on or before the first day of competition,

Handicap Limits

For competitions played over multiple rounds, during which a player’s handicap may change, players shall use their revised handicaps unless otherwise specified in Specific Terms of the Competition.

Club handicaps i.e. 29 and over for men and 37 and over for ladies, are allowed in competition unless otherwise specified in Specific Terms of the Competition.

Membership and Handicap Status

Entry to competitions is limited to members of the Club (unless the Specific Terms of Competition specify it to be an Open competition) with a current handicap.

2. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND DATES

In order to enter a competition, members must enter their names on the appropriate Competition Sheet, which will be found on the main notice boards  (Men, Seniors, Ladies)

Entries will be accepted up to and including the Closing Date, which will be stipulated on the Competition Sheet.

Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Committee, but this will be dependent on the Course having starting times available or the withdrawal of players already included in the draw.

In Fourball competitions, played over multiple rounds, the substitution of players is not allowed once a pair has played their first round or match.

When players are required to arrange their own times e.g. for knockout competitions, it is the responsibility of the first named player/team on the Match Draw Sheet to arrange the match with their opponent/s.

When doing so, a minimum of 3 dates/times must be offered for negotiation and these shall include a mid-week date, a weekend date and the final play by date for that round. It is recommended that these dates and any negotiation thereof, be communicated by e-mail or other easily recorded messaging system.

Should an agreed match not take place, or should no agreement be reached to play by a set play by date, then both sides will be disqualified, unless it can be clearly determined that one side defaulted.

Entry fees must be paid prior to the commencement of any competition by either handing the fee to a nominated Committee Member or by placing the fee in a sealed envelope, showing the members name and competition entered, in the box provided. In the case of mid-week medals and stablefords, the entry fee must be paid to Club Staff in the shop.

3. FORMAT INCLUDING HANDICAP ALLOWANCE

Information on the following points is given in the Specific Terms of the Competition.

  • Dates of play or, if it is a Match Play event over an extended period of time, the final date by which each round must be completed.
  • Form of play i.e. Match Play, Stroke Play or Stroke Play going into Match Play.
  • Number of rounds
  • If there is a cut, when it will be made, if ties for the final position will be broken, and how many players will continue in later rounds
  • Which Teeing Areas will be used

4. TERMS FOR OTHER FORMS OF PLAY

Unless otherwise specified in the Specific Terms of Competition, other forms of Play including Stableford and Par/Bogey shall be played in accordance with Section 5A of the Committee Procedures contained in the official Guide To The Rules Of Golf.  Greensomes and Scrambles are covered by Sections 9B and 9C respectively.

5. WHEN SCORECARD HAS BEEN RETURNED

A scorecard is deemed to have been returned when it has either, been handed to the Committee Member running the Competition, or has been put into the box provided. 

Players are requested to enter their scores into the Computer System, where applicable, prior to returning their cards (sanctions may be applied to members who repeatedly fail to comply with this request).

6. HOW TIES WILL BE DECIDED

Match Play

If a match is tied after the 18thhole the match will be extended one hole at a time until there is a winner.

Stroke Play

Unless a play-off is stipulated in the Specific Terms of Competition, all ties will be decided by matching scorecards.

In Competitions played over multiple rounds, the winner will be based on the best score for the last round played.  If the tying players have the same score for the last round, or if the competition consisted of a single round, the winner will be determined based on the score for the last 9 holes, last 6 holes, last 3 holes, and finally the 18thhole.  If there is still a tie, the last 6 holes, 3 holes, and final hole of the first 9 holes will be considered in turn.

If this process does not result in a winner, the outcome will be decided by tossing a coin.

7. WHEN THE RESULT OF THE COMPETITION IS FINAL

Match Play

The result of a match is final when the result has been recorded on the Match Draw Sheet on the appropriate noticeboard (Mens, Seniors, Ladies noticeboards).

Stroke Play

The Competition is closed and the results are final once all results have been posted on the appropriate noticeboards (Mens, Seniors, Ladies noticeboards).

SPECIFIC TERMS OF COMPETITION (MEN)

 

Monthly Medals and Stablefords

Played on the second Saturday of each month.

From April to September the competition is played as a medal off the white tees and from October to March as a Stableford off the yellow tees.

The competitions from November to February are non-qualifiers.

The field is divided into divisions by handicap and there must be a minimum of five players entered for the competition to take place.

 

     Public Courses Monthly Medal (April)

By paying an additional entry fee on the day of the competition, entrants in the April Monthly Medal are entered into the Public Courses Medal.

The field is divided into divisions as set by the N.A.P.G.C.

Divisional winners qualify to play in the N.A.P.G.C. regional competition, with regional winners progressing to a national final played in September at St Andrews.

 

Gold Medal (May)

The Gold Medal competition is run concurrently with the May Monthly Medal.

By paying an additional entry fee before commencement of play, the winner of the competition qualifies to play in the County Medal Final at a prestigious course in the County.

 

Monthly mid-week Medals and Stablefords

Played on the Wednesday following the Monthly Medals / Stablefords.

From April to September the competition is played as a medal off the white tees and from October to March as a Stableford off the yellow tees.

The competitions from November to February are non-qualifiers.

There must be a minimum of five players entered for the competition to take place.

The competition can be played at any time on the day with a minimum of two players playing together.

 

Prizes for the monthly and mid-week medals take the form of vouchers that are redeemable at the Club shop, together with a single medal for each overall monthly competition, presented at the presentation evening in October.  The number and value of the vouchers is determined by the number of entrants in the respective divisions – the more entries, the higher the value of the vouchers. The vouchers are made available for spending shortly after each competition.

The winner of the August monthly medal is recognised as the winner of the Sheila Press award, and has his name engraved on the trophy and on the Club honours board.

 

Shoot Out

Played on a Saturday early in October.

All male members who have won an overall Monthly Medal and/or the Club or Seniors Championship during the year qualify for the Shoot-Out.

The Competition is a medal played off the white tees.

The winner is the player with the lowest net score.

The winner of the Shoot-Out has his name engraved on the perpetual trophy, as well as receiving a trophy and/or voucher prize on Presentation Evening.

 

Monthly Medal Best Net Score

This trophy is awarded to the player achieving the best net score out of all the Monthly Medal competitions held over the year.

No specific entry is required – all winning scores in Monthly Medals will be taken into account.

The winner of this prize, the Aggregate Shield, has his name engraved on the perpetual trophy and the Club honours board, as well as receiving a trophy and/or voucher prize on Presentation Evening.

 

The following are the annual Club competitions organised by the men’s section.  In all cases, the value of the prizes awarded reflects the number of entrants to the competition, the prestige of the competition and the number of matches or rounds required to win it.

 

Memorial Day

A Four-ball Stableford competition played over 18 holes off the yellow tees (mats) on a Saturday in mid –March.

The winners of the Memorial Day competition have their name engraved on the perpetual trophy, known as the Gwyn Morris, and the Club honours board, as well as receiving a trophy and/or voucher prize on Presentation Evening. The runners-up also receive a trophy and/or voucher prize.

 

Spring Foursomes

A Foursomes Stableford competition, played over 18 holes, off the white tees (if available) and yellow tees (mats) if not.

The winners of the Spring Foursomes competition have their name engraved on the perpetual trophy and the Club honours board, as well as receiving a trophy and/or voucher prize on Presentation Evening. The runners-up also receive a trophy and/or voucher prize.

 

Founders Trophy and Plate

An Individual, knock-out, Match-Play competition, played over 18 holes (which will be extended if necessary to decide a winner), played off the white tees.

The maximum handicap allowed is 28.

Losers in the first round are automatically entered into the plate competition.

The first round is played on the first Saturday in May. The draw for the first round will be a random draw done in accordance with the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf, Committee Procedures Part lll Section 5F.

Subsequent rounds are played by mutual arrangement on or before laid down “play by” dates, and cannot be played in conjunction with another competition.

The winners of the Founders Trophy and Founders Plate have their name engraved on the perpetual trophies and the Club honours board, as well as receiving a trophy and/or voucher prize on Presentation Evening. The runners-up also receive a trophy and/or voucher prize.

 

Summer Pairs

A Greensomes, knockout Match-Play competition, played over 18 holes (extended to decide a winner).

The competition is open to all men, senior and lady members entered as a pair.

Handicaps are calculated as 0.6 of the lower player’s handicap plus 0.4 of the higher player’s.

Men play off the white tees and ladies play off the red tees.

A random draw (see above) is made for the first round. This and subsequent rounds are played by mutual arrangement on or before laid down “play by” dates.

The winners of the Summer Pairs have their name engraved on the perpetual trophy as well as receiving a trophy and/or voucher prize on Presentation Evening. The runners-up also receive a trophy and/or voucher prize.

 

Longest Day

Played on the Saturday nearest to the longest day of the year.

This is a Texas Scramble played by teams of three players.

The team handicap is calculated as 0.1 of the combined handicaps of the three players.

A minimum of four tee shots of each team member must be used during the round.

The winners of the Longest Day competition receive a trophy and/or voucher prize on Presentation Evening. The runners-up also receive a trophy and/or voucher prize.

 

Nimar Trophy

Played on a Saturday at the end of June.

This is an Individual Stableford competition played over 18 holes off the white tees.

The maximum handicap allowed is 28.

The overall winner of the Nimar Trophy has his name engraved on the perpetual trophy and on the Club honours board as well as receiving a trophy and/or voucher prize on Presentation Evening. The competition is played in three divisions, and there are also trophies and/or vouchers for the Divisional Winners and runners-up.

 

Jim Brady Cup

Played on a Saturday at the end of July.

This competition is open to men and ladies.

It is an 18 hole Aggregate Pairs, Stableford competition, with men playing off the white tees and ladies off the red tees.

The winners of the Jim Brady Cup have their name engraved on the perpetual trophy as well as receiving a trophy and/or voucher prize on Presentation Evening. The runners-up also receive a trophy and/or voucher prize.

 

Presidents Day

Played on the first Saturday of August

This is a non-qualifying competition, played off 90% of playing handicap and is open to men and ladies. The men’s competition is played in two divisions.

It is an 18 hole Individual Stableford competition with men playing off the white tees and ladies off the red tees.

The winners of the Men’s and Ladies’ Presidents Cups have their names engraved on the perpetual trophies and the Club honours boards as well as receiving trophies and/or voucher prizes on Presentation Evening. The other Divisional winner and the runners-up also receive a trophy and/or voucher prize.

 

Captains Day

Played on a date chosen by the Captain, usually in August.

The Captain will choose the format and conditions of the competition, and prizes are presented on the day.

 

Club Championship

Played on two successive Saturdays in mid-summer.

This is a 36 hole Individual Stroke-Play competition played over two rounds of 18 holes. The winner is the player who achieves the lowest total gross score over the 36 holes.

The first round draw is done in handicap order with the highest handicap starting first. The second round draw is done based on the gross scores from the first round and is done in score order with the highest score starting first.

In the event of a tie (for the overall first place only) there will be a playoff to decide the winner.

The playoff will take place as soon as possible after completion of the second round.

The playoff will be Individual Stroke-play over hole numbers 10, 17 and 18. If, after completion of the three holes, there is still a tie, a sudden death playoff will commence with the 18th hole being played repeatedly until a winner emerges.

The following prizes are awarded:

The Club Champion, who has the lowest gross score, has his name engraved on the perpetual trophy and the Club honours board, as well as receiving a trophy and/or vouchers at Presentation evening. There are also trophies and/or vouchers for the players with the second and third best gross scores.

The winner of the net competition who will have achieved the best net score over the two rounds receives the net prize, known as the NS Pyramids Rabbits Plate.  He has his name engraved on the perpetual trophy and the Club honours board, as well as receiving a trophy and/or vouchers at Presentation evening.  There is also a trophy and/or vouchers for the net runner-up.

The competition also has a Seniors’ section. Those wishing to enter the Seniors’ section are required to do so before the start of the first round.  The winner of the Seniors’ section will be the Senior with the best net score over the two rounds. He has his name engraved on the perpetual trophy and the Club honours board, as well as receiving a trophy and/or vouchers at Presentation evening.  There is also a trophy and/or vouchers for the Seniors runner-up.

 

Winter League

This is a Four-ball, Stroke-Play going into Match-Play competition.

The Stroke-Play element consists of four 18 hole rounds of Four-ball Stableford, played over four week-ends from October to November. If there are between 8 and 15 pairs, the eight pairs with the highest total score from the best three of their five rounds progress to the Match-Play competition. If there are 16 or more pairs, then the sixteen pairs with the highest total score from the best three of their five rounds progress to the Match-Play competition.

In the event of a tie or ties for places in the Match-Play draw, these will be broken as per Part 6 of the General Terms of Competition.

A seeded draw, in accordance with the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf Part lll Section 5F, will be made for the Match-Play element. These matches must be played on or before the laid down “play by” dates during February and March.

All rounds in the Stroke-Play element and all matches in the Match-Play element are played off the yellow tees.

The competition is played under the “Preferred Lies” Local Rule, which, for the purposes of this competition, is extended to cover a players ball lying anywhere in the General Area. 

Once the competition has commenced, no substitution of players is permitted.

The winners of the Winter League competition have their name engraved on the perpetual trophy and the Club honours board, as well as receiving a trophy and/or voucher prize on Presentation Evening. The runners-up also receive a trophy and/or voucher prize.

 

Clarke Bowl

This trophy is awarded to the player who achieves the highest percentage reduction in handicap during the year. There is no entry fee.

The winner of the Clarke Bowl has his name engraved on the perpetual trophy as well as receiving a trophy and/or voucher prize on Presentation Evening. 

 

SENIORS COMPETITIONS
Winter League Between September and March This is a pairs competition. Each pair is drawn.  The format is four ball better ball stableford scores over several (usually five) rounds, with the best three scores being added together to determine the four best teams.  Those teams then play a semi-final and final in four ball better ball matchplay format. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee IN ADVANCE of playing your first match.
Captain’s Day On a date chosen by the captain, usually in August The captain will choose the format for the competition, which is usually a little unusual. The captain will choose the entry fee, which sometimes includes the cost of refreshments and/or a contribution to the captain’s charity
Club Championship Seniors Winner See Club Championship under Men’s Competitions above Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition
Seniors Championship On two consecutive Wednesdays in early September An individual strokeplay competition played off the white tees.  The overall winner is the player with the lowest gross score over 36 holes, but there are also prizes for the best handicap scores by higher and lower handicap players. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition
Veterans Championship On the first Wednesday in October An individual strokeplay competition played off the yellow tees.  The overall winner is the player with the lowest net score over 18 holes. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition
Seniors Knock-out Trophy and Plate Over the summer, usually starting in May and ending in September An individual match-play knock-out competition over 18 holes with full handicap allowance. The losers in the first round are automatically entered into the plate competition. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 entry fee IN ADVANCE of the closing date when the draw is made.

LADIES COMPETITIONS

All Ladies’ Competition are played off red tees.

What? When? Who? How? 2017 winner/s
Monthly medals The second Saturday of each month. From April to October the competition is played as a medal, and from November to March as a stableford. All ladies, paying a £3 entry fee to the starter on the day of the competition.  If you don’t hold a qualifying handicap, you can’t win a medal, but your result will count towards your handicap. By signing up on the sheets displayed on the Boards in the changing room. 
Mid-week monthly stablefords The first Tuesday of each month, at any time during the day All ladies, by payment of £1 in an envelope with your name on placed in the box in the Ladies’ changing room. Just turn up and find someone else to play with
Monthly medal (public courses) As explained in the Men’s competition section
Memorial Trophy As explained in the Men’s competition section
Winter League Between October and March. An individual stableford competition played over a maximum of six rounds, with the best four rounds to count By paying the £3 entry fee (for all six rounds) in advance of your first round.
Longest Day As explained in the Men’s competition section  
Jim Brady As explained in the Men’s competition section
President’s Day As explained in the Men’s competition section
Lady Captain’s Day On a date chosen by the captain, usually in July The captain will choose the format for the competition, which normally involves both men and women The captain will choose the entry fee, which sometimes includes a contribution to the captain’s charity
Shootout A Saturday at the end of September All ladies who have won a medal competition – winners will be notified of their eligibility to play in the shoot-out
Ladies Championship The first weekend in September, with 18 holes on each of the Saturday and Sunday An individual strokeplay competition. The overall winner is the player with the lowest gross score over 36 holes, but there are also prizes for the best net scores. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 entry fee.
Ladies Matchplay championship Over the summer, usually starting in May and ending in September. An individual match-play knock-out competition over 18 holes with full handicap allowance. First round losers are automatically entered for the plate competition Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 entry fee.

Sioux Hatcher A Saturday early in October A mixed competition of teams of one lady and two men with the best two Stableford scores to count Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition
Nine-hole Qualifier winner A stableford competition played over six rounds regularly over the summer All ladies, on payment of a one-off entry fee of £2 for as many of the qualifiers as you want to play in. You can enter on the day and play at any time on the day as long as there are at least two of you. There is a trophy for the person with the best three overall scores in the year in this competition.

 

 

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT FORMATS THAT GOLF COMPETITIONS ARE PLAYED IN?

 

There are two main types of golf competitions, Match Play and Stroke Play:

Match Play

In match play, two players (or two teams) play every hole as a separate contest against each other. The party with the lowest nett score wins that hole, or if the scores of both players or teams are equal the hole is “halved” (drawn). The game is won by that party that wins more holes than the other.

Our Club Knock-out competitions are match play events. You do not need a scorecard for match play, but using one helps to keep track of the state of play as well as making sure players know where they get shots.

In Single match play, the lower handicap player gets no shots, and the higher handicap player subtracts the lower player’s handicap from his to determine how many shots he gets. The competition rules may set a maximum handicap limit and may set a handicap allowance e.g. 90%, in which case the handicap difference is multiplied by the allowance. i.e. player A is 10 handicap, player B is 24 handicap, difference is 14, 90% of difference is 12.6 which is rounded up to 13.

In Pairs match play, the lowest handicap player gets no shots, and the other 3 get the difference between the lowest figure and their handicap subject to the conditions above.Pairs match play can also be played as a foursome or greensome, an explanation of these is given under pairs stroke play.

Stroke Play

The majority of club competitions are stroke play competitions. In them you are playing against the course and all the competitors or teams on the day who have entered the competition.There are two main types of Stroke Play, Medal and Stableford, which can both be played as individuals, pairs or teams.

Medal Play: The marker will mark your gross scores down column A of the scorecard and can keep a check on his own scores using the Marker’s column. At the end of the round you must check that the gross scores are correct on your card, sign it and ensure your marker does.  The card should then be placed in the box provided. The lowest gross scores on the day win the prizes, these are usually organised into three divisions by handicap.

Stableford: In competitions the prizes are determined on a points basis. Two points are awarded for a nett par on a hole, 1 for a nett bogey (1 over par), 3 for a nett birdie (1 under par), 4 for a nett 3 under par etc. The marker, as before, enters the gross score in column A. He should then enter the nett score for that hole in the Nett Score column, and the stableford points in the last column. The card should then be signed as above. The highest points scores win the prizes.

A third type of individual stroke play is a bogey (or par) competition. Your gross and nett scores are recorded as for a stableford competition, but instead of points you simply get a plus for a nett score better than par, a minus for a nett score worse than par and a zero for a nett par. These are recorded in the last column and totalled at the bottom.

Pairs Stroke Play

If the competition to be played is a pairs competition, one partner’s name is entered on the card as player A and one as player B. Usually you go out as a fourball, i.e. 2 teams of two, with one card per team. You exchange cards and mark the other pair’s card.

These are the main types of pairs stroke play:

1) Betterball: (Rules 30 and 31). In a betterball competition both partners play their own ball at each hole. The better net score of the partners count on each hole. The gross score is entered either in column A or column B, according to who had the better score, and his net score entered under “Net Score”. If the competition is a stableford then the points are entered in the final column.

2) Foursome: (Rule 29). In a foursome competition each pair has only one ball and players alternate playing it. If player A tees off at the first hole, player B will play the second shot, A the third and so on until the hole is finished. On the second hole, B will tee off (regardless who played the last putt on the first hole), then A does the second shot and so on. Thus one partner always tees off on the odd holes and the other on the even holes. Adding their handicaps together and using the handicap reduction in the competition rules determine the number of strokes the pair receives. The competition may be medal play or stableford. (Match play can also be played as a foursome). Gross, net and points are recorded as before. The gross may be entered entirely in column A, or use A and B to show whose drive was used.

3) Greensome: A greensome is a type of foursome in which each partner hits a tee shot and the pair then chooses which drive to use, and his partner then plays the second shot using this drive. They then alternate as before. This is repeated at each hole.

4)  Aggregate medal or aggregate stableford competition. Here, both players play as if they are in a singles competition, except the marker will score both players on the same card, one in column A and one in column B, and, in a stableford competition, the combined points in the last column. At the end, either the stableford points are added up or, in the case of a medal, the two nett scores added together.

Team Competitions

There are two main types of team competitions:

1) 2 from 4: In a two from four competition, four players play together as a team. The players names are entered on the card as players A, B, C & D and their gross scores entered in the respective columns. The final two columns are for the team nett score and points on each hole. All four players play each hole individually, but only the 2 best nett scores count. At the end of the competition, 2 players from the team sign the card.

2) Texas Scramble: In A Texas Scramble each player in a team tees off on each hole and the players decide which shot was best. Every player then plays his second shot from that spot and the procedure is repeated until the hole is finished. The competition rules will stipulate the handicap allowance of the team, which is usually a percentage of the sum of the handicaps of the team. The rules usually also require that each team members drives are used on a minimum number of holes. In this case, the team score is entered in the column of the player whose drive is used.

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RODWAY HILL GOLF CLUB    OCTOBER 2019 NEWS

PRESENTATION EVENING: FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER 2019

The Captains will be presenting the trophies to the winners of the main competitions throughout the season. Club funds will provide a welcome drink for all those attending, as well as light refreshments.  Please sign up on the sheets in the changing rooms to give us an idea of the numbers attending so that we can cater appropriately.  We look forward to seeing you there.

COMPETITION NEWS 

Congratulations to recent competition winners:

The Men’s Summer pairs was won by club captain Paul Stevens and his partner Sean Bailey.  Will Slim and Dan Chandler were the runners-up.

The Seniors Championship was won by John Lewis, with Mike Thompson runner-up.  The net winners were Quentin Haslam and Gary O’Connell.

The Senior’s Knock out Trophy winner was Gerry Payton with Richard Carmichael runner up. The Senior’s Knock out Plate winner was Malcolm Gray with Dave Matthews runner up. 

MATCH RESULTS

The annual Mens v Seniors match turned out to be closer than ever, with the Men’s team eventually winning by a single point across seven matches.

Seniors Inter club Matches continue and at present, with one game to play, Rodway are lying third in the Three Counties League.

WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM

England Golf have announced that the changeover date to the new system will be at the beginning of November 2020 – just over a year away.  It represents a significant change and we will be providing more details as time goes on.  The headlines are:

  1. instead of a fixed handicap, players will have a ‘Handicap Index’ which will be adjusted depending on the level of difficulty (called the ‘slope’) of the course and the tees that you are playing off on any particular day
  2. that Handicap Index will be determined by your best 8 qualifying scores in the last 20 rounds you have played 
  3. it is expected that all stroke play (medal, stableford, medalford) rounds you play individually, whether in a formal competition or a roll-up or social play, will be recorded and will contribute to the calculation of your Handicap Index

The most recent outline from England Golf is reproduced below and more details, including a short explanatory video, can be found at the website whs.com

   

ENGLAND GOLF'S BRIEFING ON THE WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM AUTUMN 2019

 

There are currently six different handicapping systems used around the world. Golf is played to a unified set of Rules so a World Handicapping System (WHS) is just the next logical step. Accessible technology allows for the implementation of a World Handicap System. The adjustment of a player’s handicap will be calculated by WHS and not the player’s club. Changes will be made overnight and ready for the player the next day. Player’s will be able to access their handicap information using various technical solutions, including club websites, WHS websites and mobile phone apps. 

Countries will be able to switch over to WHS as from 1st January 2020. England and the other CONGU nations will not switch over until November 2020. At some stage between 1st January and November 2020, England will be running two systems simultaneously to aid with a seamless transfer between systems. 

The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) will administer the WHS in England as they currently do with the existing system. 

The USGA course rating system will be used. There is currently a proactive programme of rating within all counties of England to ensure that all courses are USGA rated before the introduction of the new handicapping system. Courses that haven’t been rated by the transfer date will be given a temporary rating.   Once a course is USGA rated, it will be provided with a Course Rating (similar to Standard Scratch Score) and a Slope Rating. Course rating reflects the difficulty for a Scratch golfer and is shown to one decimal place and the Slope Rating is a whole number that represents the relative difficulty of how a Bogey golfer will play the course compared to a Scratch Player. Both Course Rating and Slope Rating will appear on the score card. 

The WHS system is based on an average of the best 8 of the last 20 scores recorded in a player’s record regardless of the age of the score. As players submit scores, the oldest disappears from the handicap calculation. Players will submit competition scores for handicap purposes as they do now, i.e. monthly medal/Stableford with the opportunity to return scores from recreational or social golf, should they wish to. Players will also be able to submit an acceptable score at any club they are playing at by registering their intent before play. They do not need to be a member of that club. 

Handicap Committees will be able to use scores from unofficial social competitions (such as Roll ups or Swindles) to adjust a player’s handicap even if the player hasn’t registered his or her intent to submit an acceptable score before play. 

CONGU® categories 1-6 will not be used but there may be a system in place to differentiate the elite player. The competition status of a handicap is abolished and, providing the player is a member of an Affiliated Club, they will have a Handicap Index.

A Playing Conditions Calculation will be made daily. This is similar to the current Competition Scratch Score (CSS) but uses all scores submitted by players with a Handicap Index of 36.0 or lower on the day and not just those in a competition.

Various safeguards are in place to ensure that a player’s Handicap Index cannot move either up or down too drastically – these are known as caps. WHS will also apply Exceptional Scoring Reductions as used in CONGU. 

Handicap Committees should review handicaps of all their home players annually. The Handicap Committee may initiate a review of any player who is consistently returning scores that do not reflect their demonstrated ability. 

To transfer a CONGU handicap to a World Handicap, there needs to be 20 score differentials in the player’s record so that the average of the best 8 can be used to determine player’s the Handicap Index. For players with less than 20 scores in their record, a different score differential calculation will be made until the required number is achieved. 

Clubs should encourage their players to submit as many scores as they can, including returning Supplementary Scores. 

To obtain an initial Handicap Index, a player must submit acceptable scores from a minimum of 54 holes, again, as required by CONGU. For a player submitting their first scores to obtain an initial Handicap Index, the maximum score for each hole played is limited to par + 5 strokes. 

When playing a round of golf, players will look up their Handicap Index the club’s Slope Table to find their Course Handicap. When playing in an Organized Competition, such as Monthly Medal, or a Four-ball stroke play, a Handicap Allowance is applied to find the Playing Handicap. 

After play, the score is submitted and processed by WHS and handicaps recalculated overnight ready for the player the next day.

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Vice-Captain Rich Grieve      

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Ladies Captain Sefton Hooton

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Seniors Captain Gerry Payton

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Handicap & Comps Secretary Steve Yemm

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Secretary and Treasurer Bob Wolfson

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Membership Secretary Sean Bailey

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