Inaugurated in 1961 as a result of the presentation of the cup to the Surrey Fire Brigade for Inter Brigade Competition by the late A E Kirk Esq., Sheriff of the City of London 1960 / 62.
Now run under the auspices of the Fire Sport UK Golf Section (Since 1972).
As amended on the: 4th October 1995. 5th October 2006 16th October 2008 8th October 2011 23rdNovember 2015 16th October 2018 26th November 2020
SHERIFFS CUP RULES
The Title of the Competition will be the ‘Sheriffs Cup’ Inter Fire Brigades Competition.
2. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
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 competition shall be held annually during the first two weeks in June. Efforts should be made to avoid school holiday periods and public bank holidays.
4. ELIGIBILITY TO ENTER
The competition shall be open to team’s representative of Local Authority Fire Brigades throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are fully paid up members of the FSUK.
The competition will be limited to a maximum of 48 teams.
Each Brigade will be entitled to an initial entry of one team. At the closing date for entries any shortfall can be made up by allowing the following Brigades to enter an additional team, strictly in order:- Hosts, Previous Hosts, Holders, - all other requests will be by draw to fulfil competition requirements on numbers.
Any additional shortfall may be made up at the discretion of the organising Brigade.
5. NUMBER AND ELIGIBILTY FOR TEAM
A team shall consist of four players who must be members of the Brigade, 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 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 Sports & Welfare fund which is a fully paid up member of the FIRE SPORT UK shall be entitled to play as a team member
6. MANAGEMENT & ORGANISATION
For the purpose of the competition there will be four areas, Scottish, Northern, Midland and Southern. See appendix list for Brigades falling into these areas.
An area may, at its discretion, delegate responsibility for organising to a particular District or Brigade. The District or Brigade will appoint an organising Secretary.
If for any reason an area is unable to accept responsibility for organising a competition it will advise the National Secretary prior to the Annual General Meeting preceding the competition. The National Committee will thereupon decide which of the other areas will be nominated.
Entries for the competition will be made on a form to be provided by the Organising Secretary which must be signed by the Golf Secretary of the Brigade making entry.
If Brigade Secretaries have not received entry forms from the Organising Secretary by the end of February in the year of the event it shall be the responsibility of the Brigade Secretary to contact the Organising Secretary to ensure that Brigade can make entry.
Entry forms must be in the hands of the Organising Secretary by the set closing date. Entries received following this date will only be accepted in the unlikely event of a shortfall in entries.
8. 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.
9. FORMAT OF COMPETITION
The competition shall be held on two consecutive days.
Day 1: One round of 18 holes of Fourball Better Ball Strokeplay i.e. two partnerships each of two players from two different teams, each partnership playing their own ball, the better ball score to count. Playing Handicap Allowance: 85% of Course Handicap.
Day 2: One round of 18 holes Strokeplay by each of the four members of the team. Playing Handicap Allowance: 95% of Course Handicap.
The result of the competition will be decided by aggregating the nett scores of the players of each team over the four ball rounds and the singles strokeplay.
The team with the lowest aggregate nett score will be the winners.
In the event of a tie the team with the lowest aggregate nett score over the 4 singles rounds will be declared the winner ( back 9,back 6, back 3 count back will be used if necessary)
10. SUBSIDIARY COMPETITIONS AND PLACINGS
There will be incorporated the following subsidiary competitions in which teams will compete for.
a. Sheriff’s Cup
The team with the lowest combined nett score over the 2 days will be the winners;
b. PBI Claret Jug
The team with the lowest combined gross score over the 2 days will be the winners;
Placing’s to be worked out strictly in the following order –
1. The team with the lowest nett score will win the Sheriff’s Cup.
2. The team with the lowest gross score will win the PBI Claret Jug.
3. The team with the second lowest net score will be awarded second place in the Sheriff’s Cup.
4. The team with the second lowest gross score will be awarded second place in the PBI Claret Jug.
5. The team with the third lowest nett score will be awarded third place in the Sheriff’s Cup.
6. The team with the third lowest gross score will be awarded third place in the PBI Claret Jug.
No team can win more than one prize but will be awarded both trophies. If a team should win both nett and gross trophies the 1st place prize in the PBI Claret Jug will be awarded to the team with the 2nd lowest gross score, 2nd prize to the team with the 3rd lowest gross score, and 3rd prize to the team with the 4th lowest gross score.
In the event of a tie the team with the lowest aggregate nett or gross score over the 4 singles rounds will be declared the winner ( back 9,back 6, back 3 count back will be used if necessary)
c. Individual and Pairs Competitions
The following subsidiary competitions will result in players winning individual and pairs prizes. However, whilst every effort has been made to recover existing trophies these have not all materialised. Therefore winners of these subsidiary competitions may or may not receive a trophy but will receive an allocated prize.
The order of priority for prizes is as follows:
1. Individual stroke play competition over 18 holes. The player with the lowest nett score will be the winner.
2. Individual stroke play competition over 18 holes. The player with the lowest gross score will be the winner.
3. This will be awarded to the pair with the lowest nett score in the four ball better ball competition.
4. This will be awarded to the pair with the lowest gross score in the four ball better ball competition.
INDIVIDUALS CAN ONLY WIN 1 PRIZE THEREFORE THEIR SCORES ARE ELIMINATED FROM ANY OTHER COMPETITIONS. This stipulation does not apply to nearest the pin, longest drive etc. prizes
The guidance on the relative value of each prize should be as follows;
• The last team prize i.e. 3rd team gross will be more than the 1st pairs prize i.e. 1st pairs nett • The last pair prize i.e. 3rd pairs gross will be more than the 1st Singles prize i.e. 1st singles nett
This stipulation ensures that the emphasis is on the overall Team score and not the lesser pairs and singles scores
Any form of sweepstake will not be permitted
12. HANDICAPS (competition max handicap index. 15.0)
All competitors must be in possession of a bona fide WHS handicap index i.e. Golf Club or brigade ‘handicap master’ index 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
Club players failure to provide a valid handicap certificate will mean that player will play the full competition off a handicap of scratch (zero). Society players will require a Handicap Master Index to allow entry into the competition. (See also: FSUK Golf Section WHS Rules 2020)
As the Sheriffs Cup is a FSUK 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 (Society) Handicap Index. All Society handicaps must be supported by the Handicap Master system.
The maximum playing handicap index for the competition shall be 15.0 at the time of submitting the entry form. Should a team members’ handicap index increase above 15.0 by the time of the competition the organising committee must be informed. That entry shall be accepted subject to that member playing off 15.0 handicap index.
Any team found to contain a player whose handicap index 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.
In all other cases competitors will compete using their current handicap (in conjunction with 12. paragraph 1 above) and must provide a certificate authenticating this handicap signed by their Golf Club or Brigade Secretary or as appropriate.
All competitors shall return their score’s to their respective Golf Club/Brigade Secretary, either for reference or handicap adjustment. (See also section WHS Rules 2020)
13. 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.
14. 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 Sheriffs Cup 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.
a. The winners of the competition and subsidiary competitions will hold a trophy for a period of 12 months from the date of the competition and will be responsible for them being available for presentation when the competition is next held. If in any year the competition is not held, then the Brigade or individual holding the trophy will return it to the National Secretary who will be responsible for its safe custody until such time that a further competition is played.
b. The Brigade or individual holding a trophy will be required to sign for its safe custody and its return for the next competition. The trophies are insured by the Association.
16. ALTERATION TO THE RULES OF THE COMPETITION
Alteration to these rules will be made only at the Annual General Meeting of the Association Golf Section, subject to the following:
a. The National Secretary must receive in writing at least twenty eight (28) days before the Annual General Meeting any proposal to alter these rules.
b. 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.
17. MANAGEMENT & ORGANISATION
a. For the purposes of the Competition there will be four areas, Scottish, Northern, Midland and Southern. See appendix for list of Brigades falling into those areas.
b. Commencing in 2010, responsibility for organising the Competition will be vested in areas in the following order:
See rota of events until 2028.
c. Any area will, at its discretion, delegate responsibility for organising to a particular District or Brigade. The District, Area or Brigade will appoint an Organising Secretary and a Committee.
d. If, for any reason, an area is unable to accept responsibility for organising a competition, it will advise the National Secretary within three months of the date of the preceding competition. The National Committee will thereupon decide which of the other areas will be nominated.
18. TEE TIMES
Start times are arranged to allow for a fair spread of play amongst all players and will adopt the following format:
a. 2 Tee start: From 2013 onwards the committee will sit with the sponsor and consider all criteria of any potential venue. A 2 Tee start is deemed to be essential as this allows for play to progress effectively and completion of the competition in a reasonable time to prevent undue delay of the presentation ceremony. Any bid to host the event with a venue that cannot meet the criteria of a 2 Tee start must be supported with an action plan to deal with speed of play and satisfy the committee that there will be no undue delay in the completion time.
b. Competitors start times on day 1 will be different and as close as possible to an opposite time on day 2. I.e. morning day 1, afternoon day 2 and vice versa;
c. Any requests to change tee times will only be accepted for exceptional circumstances (as agreed by the organising committee) in advance of the competition practice day and must take into consideration point b. (above). Therefore both days start times will be altered and thus affect other team members. Any requests after the commencement of play will only be considered in EXTREME circumstances and will be at the discretion of the organising committee;
19. MARSHALS AND ENTERING THE COURSE OF PLAY
The organising committee must consider speed of play and arrange for marshals and spotters to be available in areas that there is potential for delay such as blind shots, common landing areas and player directing. These functions must be available for all of the competition to allow for fairness.
It is agreed that competitors can be used to assist with these functions prior to and after completing their own round. Whilst carrying out one of these roles they are not permitted to discuss any aspects of their play or conditions of the course. Their purpose is to assist with speed of play by spotting or directing players. NO COMPETITOR CAN ENTER THE COURSE FOR ANY OTHER REASON.
Should the organising committee require the use of competitors for these roles they must liaise with team representatives in advance so that it is coordinated effectively and no competitor is put at a disadvantage by carrying out this extra duty I.e. due consideration of travel time on and off the course and allowances to warm up and be ready for their designated start time.
The sole purpose of this additional use of personnel is to keep play flowing. The introduction of this rule will be reviewed at the AGM to ascertain its effectiveness.