Rules

  1. A Pairs Match Play competition to be run in conjunction with Northern Golfer for its readers within its circulation area.
  2. Entry forms, illegible or incorrect may result in the entrants being disqualified.
  3. At each match, if courtesy is not given, green fees will be shared by both home and away teams.
  4. All entry forms are to be directed to Northern Golfer with the entry fee.
  5. The minimum age for the competition is 18, there is no maximum.
  6. The maximum handicap is 24.
  7. Matches to be played using 90% of the difference of the handicap taken from the lowest handicap as per COGNU rules.
  8. Matches to be played off the tees of the day – (Home players may choose between yellows or whites depending on club policy).
  9. This competition is open to golf club members with a valid handicap.
  10. Handicap certificates should be available at all matches for opponents to inspect if requested.
  11. No player can enter the competition more than once.
  12. Once a team has registered their home club, they cannot transfer to another club without notifying Northern Golfer and a transfer will only be accepted once a check has been made that the players have fully complied with COGNU handicapping rules.
  13. The home drawn pair to offer three dates and times to their opposition.
  14. No extensions will be given.
  15. In the event of being unable to arrange a date, both teams will be disqualified.
  16. Should a match be tied after 18 holes, the result will be decided by a sudden-death play off commencing at the first hole. In a play off, shots are received at the appropriate stroke indexes as they were during the course match.
  17. A panel consisting of representatives from Northern Golfer will adjudicate any disputes in conjunction with the Rules Office of the R&A. Their decision will be final.
  18. No correspondence will be entered into.
  19. The prizes are not transferable.
  20. Distance Measuring Devices are permitted.
  21. All players must agree to being photographed and included in Northern Golfer should the occasion arise.
  22. The Semi-Finals and Final are to be played at Middlesbrough Golf Club. The dates for these matches are Sunday October 8 (semi-finals) and Sunday October 15 (final).
  23. Date and venue of the NE/NW PGA Pro Am has yet to be confirmed.
  24. Closing dates for entries is Monday May 1, 2017.