(As Amended December 2009) TITLE: National Stableford (Fire Fighters Charity) Championship.
AIM: To provide a further means of fostering relationships between members of Local Authorities Fire Brigades through the opportunity for sportsmanship, fellowship and healthy exercise afforded by the Royal and Ancient game of golf. The additional purpose of this completion is to raise funds for the Fire Fighters Charity
ELIGIBILITY: The competition shall be open to teams representative of Local Authority Fire Brigades/ FRS throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are fully paid up members of the Fire Service Sports and Athletics Association.
The competition will be limited to a maximum of 20 teams (80 players) and will be allocated on a 1st come 1st served basis under the control of the event organisers (initially 1 team per Brigade/FRS) Any additional shortfall may be made up at the discretion of the organising Brigade/FRS.
TEAMS: A team shall consist of four players who must be members of the Brigade/FRS, that is to say, be whole time, retained or volunteer operational members or industrial, administrative or technical whole time members, wholly employed in the Fire Brigade/FRS Department for the Fire Authority and under the direct control of the Chief Officer or Firemaster.
A retired member who is still a member of his Brigades/FRS Sports & Welfare fund which is a fully paid up member of the FSSAA shall be entitled to play as a team member
Each team shall consist of four players with a handicap no greater than 28 for male and 36 for female players
THE COMPETITION: Each player will play 36 holes Singles Stableford with full allowance.
The best 3 scores from 4 from each round will added together, the team with the highest points total being the Champions. (1st Round: 3 x cards + 2nd Round: 3 x cards)
In the event of a tie the team with the best discarded score from the 2nd Round will be declared the winner (back 9,back 6, back 3 count back from this additional card will be used if necessary)
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 Stableford Event is a National FSSAA Golf Section event, players will, if he / she have one, play off their Club handicap
Any player who does not have a club handicap will play off their Brigade Golf Section Handicap
The maximum playing handicap for the competition shall be 28 for male players and 36 for female players at the time of submitting the entry form.
Any team found to contain a player whose handicap is above the limit set out above (and had not informed the organising committee) or whose handicap doesn’t comply with National guidelines shall be disqualified from the competition. IN ADDITION THAT BRIGADE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM ENTERING A TEAM IN THE FOLLOWING YEARS COMPETITION.
COMPETITION FORMAT (36 Holes Stableford Team Competition) If circumstances allow the competition may be played over two days I.e. Day 1 afternoon play Day 2 Morning play. An optional practice round may be available prior to the event
ENTRY FEES Each competing team will pay an entrance fee, the amount of which will be determined by the Organising Committee having regard to the local factors affecting cost and must be submitted with entry forms.
Any team which withdraws from the event after that entry has been accepted will not be entitled to a refund.
Prizes will be awarded to the winning team and also those teams second and third. Where possible, prizes will also be awarded to the teams with the best 1st round score and best 2nd round score, and also to the person with the best individual score over 36 holes. These additional prizes are totally at the discretion of the organising committee who may also offer additional prizes if they think fit. DATE OF EVENT: Where possible (subject to conditions, sponsors, course availability etc) the Championship will be played at a suitable date between the Sheriffs Cup Four Nations and Singles events.
VENUE: This will be decided at each Annual General Meeting of the FSSAA Golf Section taking into account the location of other National Events and the location of those Brigades showing an interest in staging the event.
RULES GOVERNING PLAY The competition will be played under the rules of golf determined by the: Royal & Ancient Golf Club, Local rules at the host Golf Club. 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 Stableford Event 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.