GENTS COMPETITIONS RE-START

Dear Gents,

It gives me great pleasure to inform you that I have now been given the go-ahead to start
competitions.

The first one will be a warmer in the bank on the 28 th June, stableford format, off the yellow
tees. Online booking for the competition will be done via BRS, 3 balls (pick your own playing
partners) with 8-minute intervals between each flight.

Time slots that have been allocated for this competition are:

0700hrs – 0932hrs
1156hrs – 1340hrs

Registration and payment will still be done in the pro shop. The cost of the competition will
be £3 with an optional two’s pot. All payments must be by card no cash.

You are to collect your card at registration and fill your own card as neatly as possible with
your name, correct handicap, date, tee used (yellow), time off and name of competition –
BACK TO GOLF STABLEFORD.

You are to mark your own card throughout your round in column A with your stableford score
in column B.

You are to allocate a playing partner as a check scorer in your group and record his scores
in the marker’s column on the left of the card, as if you had swapped cards. You are to print
your allocated playing partners name on the markers signature line so I can cross reference.
Once you have completed your round, players are to check their cards against their
allocated check scorer.
Once the scores have been verified as correct the player is to sign
his own card and enter the stableford score in the box provided on the bottom left of the
card.

Your card is to be put in the foot bin at the entrance of the clubhouse in the correct lid. This
has 3 lids; one for gents, one for ladies and one for seniors.

Results will be published on the club website by the following Friday.
I am also in the process of putting together the gent’s competitions on the club diary so
please keep an eye on this. All dates that that are on there now are to be ignored, the new
fixture dates will be on in the next week or 2.

Flagsticks/Holes: If clubs have made the decision to modify the depth of the hole to allow
players to remove the ball without touching the flagstick, scores will be acceptable for either
competition or supplementary score purposes. In such cases, the ball is considered holed if
any part of the ball is below the surface of the putting green, even if not lodged against the
flagstick.

Bunkers: As we know, the rakes have been removed. Preferred lies within bunkers
is permissible for competition or supplementary score purposes (Congu ruling). Please note
the distance for preferred lies in the bunker is limited to 6 inches and the area cannot be
smoothed before placing.
If I may encourage you to smooth the sand using your foot, club or personnel rake if you
have one once the shot has been played.

Are the competitions qualifying? - Yes. I do accept that not being able to remove the pin
whilst on the green is alien for some, but this is not seen as an overall disadvantage, and
remains within the Rules of Golf as does the preferred lie within the bunker. As you would
expect, you must complete the hole by ‘putting out’. 

Marking your own card is not normal practice, but these are extraordinary times and we must
make some change to help mitigate against the potential of Covid 19 transmission.

Being in the open, in the fresh air, enjoying the exercise and in the company of your friends
is an important tonic during these restrictions to normal life. We still have to be mindful of the
risk, but these measures should help minimise any potential spread.

Aye
John Williams
BGC COMPS SEC