Rules and Playing Conditions

Sussex League of Gentlemen Golfers

Inter Club Competition for Males 55 and over


Participating Clubs

2022: Bognor, Chartham Park, Cooden Beach, Copthorne, Dale Hill, Dyke, East Brighton, Ham Manor, Haywards Heath, Ifield, Littlehampton, Nevill, Piltdown, Pyecombe, West Hove, Worthing.

Objectives and Format of the League 2022

The Competition aims to provide:-

£20 subscription per club paid annually.

The Competition
(To be played under the 2020 Rules of Golf)
Handicap 4 Ball Better Ball match play played between teams of 10 arranged in 5 pairs. Each match handicaps played from 90 percent of handicap difference from lowest handicap player (World Handicap System 2020). White tees. The maximum WHI allowed is 18.0. However you can field a player off a higher handicap but he needs to play off 18 which is then adjusted for the course rating. Standard rules will apply and handicaps will be dictated using the home course ratings. All players to have “Competition handicaps” and can play for only one club.

The 2022 competition will be played out between 16 teams established into 4 leagues playing home and away matches (a total of 6 matches per club). The number of holes up must be recorded on the results sheet for count back purposes if required. For example a 3 and 2 win counts as 3 holes up.
The fixtures and the composition of the leagues were decided by lot. The teams for each league will be drawn annually from separate pots to ensure fixtures change.

Points in games are 3 points for each pair winning, one point for a half in a game.
For example - a 5-0 win results in a 15 point to 0 point total, a 4-1 win results in a 12 point - 3 point total, a 3-2 win means 9 points for one team and 6 for the other. A draw, 2 and a half matches each, results in 7 points to each team. A 4 and half - half win gives 13 points to 1 point total and a 3 and a half - 1 and half win will score 10 points to 4 points.

League places will be decided
a) By total aggregate points, then if equal b) the total number of holes up or down in all league matches and then if still equal c) the aggregate match result (points) between the 2 sides.

League matches may be played on any weekday afternoon, but not a Cyril Blake or Gilbert Print match day, between 1st April and 5th August (see suggested dates below) suitable to the home club but ideally when the course is normally underutilised.

The semi-finals to be played between 22nd August and 2nd September at neutral venues.
These clubs must be prepared to host a semi-final. Any queries to be registered with Keith Turk.
In the event of a tie on points and holes there will be a play-off by a nominated pair, who have played together that day, from each team until a hole is won.

The 2022 final will be held at Haywards Heath on 8th September, (reserve date 12th September). In the event of a tie on points and holes there will be a play-off by a nominated pair, who have played together that day, from each team until a hole is won.

Jamboree Day
A jamboree day for all clubs will be held on 22nd September, 10.00am at Nevill G C, where the Gerry Honeysett Memorial Trophy will be played for (current holders Dale Hill)

Fixtures and Results
Clubs are requested to forward details of fixtures to Keith Turk as soon as they are organised for posting on the website.  Similarly it is the responsibility of both teams Captains to ensure that match results are forwarded by email and result sheet sent to Keith Turk (Chartham Park Golf Club) at Keith Turk will arrange for updated league tables and results to be posted on the web site.
Note Pyecombe Golf Club has agreed to host the domain on their home club website.

Courtesy of the course – for matches only  not practice rounds.

Conditions of play
If a course is deemed fit for play by the hosting club then this would be the case. Cancelled matches: in the case of a club not being able to field a full team for a match then it is incumbent on that club to field as many players as possible to ensure that the fixture can go ahead. Additionally if a match is to be called off then this is subject to the agreement of both Captains.

Regardless of whether catering is provided a match fee of £10 per player will be required to be paid to the home club. No other fees may be charged. If catering is provided the Host clubs should provide a minimum of sandwiches, cake and tea (or other fare) for each 4 ball within this price bracket. Players are encouraged to stay, socialise and support the home club. It is a player’s personal choice to do so but the £10 fee will still apply should they not stay.

The Future
After each season, Club representatives will meet and if necessary agree any changes or recommendations to the Rules. Each participating club will have one vote plus the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Fixtures Secretary. A simple majority vote of those present will decide any action.

2022 Season
  League A League B League C League D
1. Bognor Littlehampton West Hove East Brighton
2. Dyke Cooden Beach Worthing Ifield
3. Nevill Haywards Heath Pyecombe Copthorne
4. Ham Manor Piltdown Chartham Park Dale Hill

Suggested date bands for fixtures:-
1. 1st April - 22nd April 1 v 2, 3 v 4
2. 22nd April - 13th May 2 v 3, 4 v 1
3. 13th May - 3rd June 1 v 3, 2 v 4
4. 3rd June - 24th June 2 v 1, 4 v 3
5. 24th June - 15th July 3 v 2, 1 v 4
6. 15th July - 5th August 3 v 1, 4 v 2

Quarter final dates (top 2 in league) - 7th August-19th August
A1 v C2, B1 v D2, C1 v A2, D1 v B2
*This allows for any 'repeat' fixtures until the final