(The South West Group of the English Golf Union Limited trading as England Golf)
(Incorporating the South Western Counties Youths’ Amateur Championship)
a) The Amateur Championship of the Association shall be played by scratch stroke play over 36 holes.
b) The winner shall be the player who returns the lowest score over 36 holes and shall be the Champion of the South Western Counties Golf Association for the ensuing year and shall hold the Championship Cup for that time.
c) In the event of a tie for the Championship, such tie will be played off under such conditions as may be decided by the Championship Committee of the Association. In the event of a tie for 2nd or 3rd place, such tie will be decided over the last 18, 9, 6, 3 or 1 holes.
To be eligible to enter:
a) Each player must:
i. be eligible to play in the current year’s Championship of the County for which he is selected for this Championship.
ii. be a member of an affiliated golf club in the County Union or born in the County and be a member of an affiliated club in another County.
iii. not have played for another County in representative matches, including friendly matches, during the same calendar year as this Championship.
iv. if he has moved into England from another country, be resident in England from January 1st of the year of the Championship.
b) Players moving from one County to another
i. Subject to the above Conditions for this Championship and, therefore, with the exception of this Championship, if there is agreement between the County from which the player is moving and the County to which the player is moving, the player may play for his “new” County with immediate effect.
ii. Disagreements/disputes. In case of doubt or in the absence of agreement over eligibility to play for a County in this Championship or in any other County representative match, a County, Counties or Group may seek a decision from the England Golf’s Championship Committee, whose decision shall be final. In regard to this Championship, the Championship Committee may, of its own volition, make a final decision on eligibility.
a) The entry is limited to a maximum of 72 players.
b) Each County may nominate up to 10 players.
c) Entries from individual players who have an “active” CONGU handicap of 4 or less to bring the total up to 72.
d) In the event of the number of entries being in excess of 72 the excess shall be reduced to 72 by eliminating the higher handicaps by ballot except those players nominated by Counties.
e) Unsuccessful entrants will be placed on a reserve list and will be notified if a place becomes available.
f) In the event of an emergency a County may, at the discretion of the Championship Committee, substitute a nominated player.
g) Entries shall be sent to the Secretary by 12.00 hours on the date shown on the entry form. Each entrant must state his handicap & CDH ID number, the name of his Club, his telephone number and e-mail address to which he wishes his copy of the Draw to be sent if required. The Secretary shall post the Draw to www.swcga.co.uk and to all competitors requiring a hard copy 7 days prior to the date of play. (Championship Committee of the Association may accept late entries but is not compelled to do so.)
h) A current Parental Consent Form MUST be attached to entry forms submitted by an individual entrant who is under the age of 18 on the date of the Championship. Team Captains are otherwise referred to General Rule 5(c).
The Qualifying Round for the English Men’s County Championship will be played concurrently with the Amateur Championship of the Association UNDER THE CONDITIONS LAID DOWN BY ENGLAND GOLF (EG). For those players representing their Counties in the EG Qualifying Round the qualifying conditions laid down by the EG shall take precedence.
The Inter–County Team Championship of the Association will be open to the County Unions affiliated to the Association and shall be decided by matchplay under the following conditions:
a) The qualification of a player representing a County shall be as for the South Western Counties Amateur Championship and in addition a player must not have represented nor have taken part in a Golf Championship of another South Western County at any time during the same calendar year of the Team Championship.
b) Matches shall be played by singles in the morning and foursomes in the afternoon. One point shall be scored for a win in the singles and one and a half points for a win in the foursomes. Each County team competing shall play every other County team.
c) Each County shall score one point for a “Team” win. In the event of a tie for the Team Championship, the winner shall be the County with the most points from individual matches. If a tie still exists the Championship shall be shared.
d) Teams shall consist of eight players for each morning and afternoon match. Two substitutions from the team which played in the morning singles may be made for the afternoon foursomes. Further substitutions may only be made in the case of emergency subject to the agreement of the Championship Committee of the Association. Where an emergency substitution is agreed, the substitute shall take the place of the player who had to withdraw.
e) Each County Captain shall hand to the Secretary of the Association, before 6.00pm on the preceding evening, the names and order of play of his Team for the next morning and shall hand to him likewise the names and order of play of his Team for the afternoon not later than 30 minutes before its first match is due to start. After these times, no alteration may be made in any Team except in an emergency (see Rule (d) above.)
f) All disputes shall be settled as expeditiously as possible by the Championship Committee of the Association (3 to form a quorum) and its decision shall be final.
NB: These Rules & Conditions must be read in conjunction with the South Western Counties Golf Association General Rules and Regulations for Championships and Tournaments.