Category: Gents News

Additional Qualifiers for the Captain’s Prize

As 5 of the original qualifiers have withdrawn from the Final Day on Saturday next, 14th July, the Captain has extended an invitation to play to the next 5 best scores from the qualifiers last weekend to make up the quota of 90 players competing for the Captain’s Prize.

Please check BRS to see the list of qualifiers.


Competitions Secretary

11th July 2018

Qualifying Scores from Captain’s Prize Qualifiers

90 players will contest the Captain’s Prize Final Day on Saturday 14th July.

Day 1 – Sat 7th July

51 players have qualified with ALL nett scores to 77 qualifying with the exception of Mark Hargadon, Declan Tierney and John Dowling.

Day 2 – Sun 8th July

39 players have qualified with ALL nett scores to 78 qualifying plus Paul Moore on 79.

Final Day – Sat 14th July

Timesheet will be posted on BRS over the next 24hrs in reverse order with the leading players playing in the later groups.

Qualifiers are reminded that they WILL play off their adjusted handicaps following the qualifiers as per the email issued and notices posted last week.


Competitions Secretary

Mon 9th July






Captain Mark Kennedy’s Prize 2018


Players participating in Captain Mark Kennedy’s Prize qualifier this coming weekend 6th & 7th July should be aware of the change to the CONGU regulations with regard to handicap adjustments for a competition played over an extended period of time.

The regulation, in Clause 20 of the CONGU Unified Handicapping Guidelines for 2018, states that a player MUST play off their ACTUAL handicap in both rounds of the competition.  Practically this means that handicap adjustments will be made after the qualifying rounds and anyone subject to a handicap adjustment MUST play off the adjusted handicap in the Final Round on Sat 14th July.

A copy of the updated CONGU regulation is attached below for your reference.  In particular your attention is drawn to section 2 of Decision 4(a), highlighted in yellow, below.


Competition Secretary




Dec.4(a) Alteration of handicaps in the course of a competition over more than one round

In a Stroke Play or Match Play competition played over more than one round, the Committee in charge, in the Conditions of the Competition, are required to establish whether or not the handicap of a player at the start of the competition applies throughout the competition.
In framing the conditions of a competition played over more than one round, the following guidelines are recommended.

  1. In a competition such as a 36hole or 72-hole competition played in the same day or over a number of days within a short period of time the handicap of a player applying at the beginning of a competition shall apply throughout the duration of the competition. CONGU® strongly recommends that ‘a short period of time’ be interpreted as being on the same or consecutive days and that anything else represents ‘an extended period of time’.
  2. In a competition where individual rounds are over an extended period of time and there has been the opportunity to compete in other unrelated competitions between rounds, a player must play from the handicap current at the time of entry for each of the individual rounds of the competition.


Important News for Gentlemen Golfers

Important Notice for Gentlemen Golfers


Non- Return of Score Cards

Non-Return of scorecards in counting competitions continues to be a problem in Beech Park.   For instance there were 36 NRs in the June Medal held on 9th &10th June. 

As a result of this ongoing issue it has been decided that from June 28th any player failing to return a scorecard will not be eligible to receive a .1 handicap adjustment.

Non-Return of scorecards has an effect on the Standard Scratch of the day.  It also affects the Mid-Year and End of Year Reviews.

Members are reminded that they are OBLIGED to return all scorecards from competition play.

Please ensure you return your card, this helps accurate handicapping across the Golf Club


The Golf Committee

The Handicap Committee

June 14th 2018


Excerpt from the CONGU regulations below:

CONGU regulations – Clause 8: Responsibility of the Player

8.8 Ensure that all competition cards in Qualifying Competitions, whether or not complete, are returned to the organising committee, and make such computer entries as may be required

Status of Incomplete Cards and ‘No Returns’ in Qualifying Competitions

(a) All cards must be returned in Qualifying Competitions, whether complete or not.
(b) It is expected that every player who enters an 18 Hole Qualifying Competition intends to complete the round.
(c) Since an incomplete card and a ‘No Return’ may have the effect of increasing a player’s handicap, the club would be justified in refusing to accept a card or record a No Return when the player has walked in after playing only a few holes.
(d) Sympathetic consideration should be given to players who have had to discontinue play for any cause considered to be reasonable by the organising Committee.
(f ) Clauses 23 (GPA Handicap Adjustment) and 24 (Suspension) of the UHS give clubs the discretion to deal with players who persistently submit incomplete cards or make ‘No Returns’ if they consider they are attempting to “build a handicap”.