Happy new year to one and all!
The new rules of golf are now in place, and we trust you’re getting used to them. The Pro Shop has a reminder note which you can pick up before you play if you are still unsure, and there are several resources available on the website. There will also be two more sessions for golfers to discuss them:
On Feb 6th after the ladies’ Winter League event, and on Feb 21st after the Highwaymen’s golf event on that day.
On both occasions our Club Captain will be available to repeat the presentation given in December and to lead a discussion on the practical implementation of the new rules. All are welcome to attend – not just those playing in the relevant golf on the day.
There are some more changes you need to note – these affect the eligibility rules for the Knock-out competitions and the Club Championships.
With effect from April (Summer), Juniors will no longer be eligible to play in singles knock-out competitions.
This decision follows feedback from members, consultation with different groups within the club, and the full consideration of Committee. The main reason for taking this step relates to availability to meet deadlines for match fixtures and timely completion of the associated rounds. Other factors included the overall opportunities for match-play golf available to juniors both within the section and externally. Overall it meant that some of our Juniors had difficulties to meet deadlines for match fixtures with other members of the club and this has made timely completion of the singles competitions more difficult or has caused the juniors to withdraw from competitions partway through.
Junior golfers may still play in the pairs knock-outs with an adult. The adult will take the responsibility for ensuring the pair’s availability throughout the competition.
As the premier golf event of the Windlesham golf season, it’s important that the entry qualification befits the occasion and reflects a field of players that have participated in club competitions on a regular basis. From 2019 all entrants to the annual Club Championship will have to have competed in four qualifying competitions (medal or stableford, and including mixed individual stableford competitions) in the prior 12 months and within the relevant allocated competition tee times before the closing date for entrance into the Club Championship. This will ensure that all entrants will have played a full part in the relevant season’s competitions of their respective sections and obviates the possibility of members electing to enter the Club Championship competition alone.
These competitions will be appearing on Handicap Master in due course but the purpose of this communication is to enable members to plan effectively for their 2019 season.