FIRE SPORT UK GOLF SECTION Rules for Luxfer Inter District Golf Championship
The FSSAA Inter District Golf Championship.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
To provide a further means of fostering relationships between members of Local Authorities Fire Brigades through the opportunity of sportsmanship, fellowship and healthy exercise afforded by the Royal and Ancient game of golf.
The competitions shall be played annually in the 1st two weeks of September
ELIGIBILITY TO ENTER
The competition shall be open to members of Local Authority Fire Brigades throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who are members of the Fire Service Sports and Athletics Association, and whose subscriptions are fully paid up.
A retired member who is still a member of his Brigades Sports and Welfare Club, and that Brigade is a member as described above in a., shall be entitled to play in the competitions.
Each District will select a team consisting of three players complying with the handicap categories stated in Rule 8
The Districts being: Scotland, Northern Ireland, North West, North East, Yorkshire & Humberside, West Midlands, East Midlands, Wales, South, South West, East, London
MANAGEMENT AND ORGANISATION
The event venue, management and organisation will be carried out jointly by representatives of Luxfer Gas Cylinders and the FSSAA Golf Section
Both parties will discuss and be responsible for the choice of venue
Luxfer will be responsible for all the issues at the venue and any guests they wish to invite
Luxfer will be responsible for the provision of the prizes i.e. 1st,2nd,3rd team Prize and Best gross
FSSAA Golf Section will be responsible for all the players, and everything involved in running the competition and any supplementary competitions that may be required
Both parties will discuss an be responsible for the successful running of the presentation evening
ENTRIES FOR COMPETITIONS
A notice of competition shall be circulated by the National Secretary /Organising Secretary to all District Golf Secretaries (via email & hard copy)
Entries will be made direct to the Organising Secretary and will include all the information required by the organiser, as set out in the notice of competition. Entries must be in the hands of the Organising Secretary by the closing date set for competition entries.
Each Competitor shall pay an entry fee, the amount of which will be determined by the organising committee having regard to the local factors affecting costs and must be submitted with the entry.
FORMAT OF COMPETITIONS
Each District will submit a team of three, one player for each of the following categories: Cat 1: 0-9 Cat 2: 10 – 18 Cat 3: 19 - over The event will be Singles Stableford with all scores to count A practice round will be arranged provided on the day before the event
HANDICAPS (As stated in Rule 8))
All competitors must be in possession of a bona fide handicap i.e. club or brigade handicap and have it present for scrutiny by the organising committee on the practice day at the very latest. A handicap certificate handed in on the competition day will not be accepted Failure to provide a valid handicap certificate will mean that player will play the full competition off a handicap of scratch (zero). As the Luxfer is a FireSportUK Golf Section event, players will, if he / she have one, play off their Golf Club handicap Any player who does not have a Golf Club handicap will play off their Brigade Golf Section Handicap The maximum playing handicap for the competition is as stated in Rule 8. Should a players’ handicap increase or decrease to now be outside their original handicap category the organising committee must be informed. A decision on the way forward for that player will be discussed on its merits by the District Secretary responsible and the National Secretary .
RULES GOVERNING PLAY
If any combination of players lose more than one clear hole over the players immediately in front on the course, the organising committee shall impose a penalty of two strokes.
The competitions will be played under the Rules of Golf determined for the time by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, subject to any local rules of the club on whose course it is played. The established etiquette of golf will at all times be observed.
INTERPRETATION OF RULES
Any question which will arise relating to the interpretation of the rules, penalties etc shall be referred to the National Committee. A Committee is appointed for the National Pairs so that any matters in dispute are not left solely to the organising Brigade who will be involved. This Committee shall include at least one National Committee Member and must not include anyone from a Brigade involved in the dispute
LUXFER INTER DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP PLACINGS
The team with the Highest Stableford Points total will be awarded the Luxfer Trophy.
Second and third place teams will also be awarded
In the event of a tie for any of the placings the points scored on the back nine, back six, back three holes (as appropriate) of all three cards will be added together to find the eventual correct order
At the discretion of the Organising Secretary, and the subject to sufficient funds being available for prizes, the organisers may award additional prizes
The winners of the competition will have their photograph taken with the Luxfer Inter District Trophy and will keep their prizes provided by the company. The Trophy will remain with the representatives of Luxfer and return in their safe keeping
As soon as possible after the event the Organising Secretary shall forward to the National Secretary/Treasurer a balance sheet for the event.
The Organising Secretary shall forward to the National Secretary/ Treasurer a list of Prize winners on the completion of the competition. The Trophy Winners Brigade and Home Address should be included on the list.
The Organising Secretary shall forward to the National Secretary a report on the event (to include photographs, and comments) so that the FSSAA Golf Section Web site can be updated
ALTERATIONS TO RULES
Alteration to these rules will be made only at the Annual General Meeting of the Association Golf Section, subject to the following:
The National Secretary must receive in writing at least twenty eight (28) days before the Annual General Meeting any proposal to alter these rules.
The National Committee shall comprise of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary/Treasurer and the Golf Secretary of each appointed District of Association. At least six of the National Committee must be present at the Annual General Meeting before any alteration of the rules can take place. There must be a majority in favour of a proposed alteration before it can be accepted.