NORTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE FOURSOMES LEAGUE
Dated 29 September
- The running of the League is vested in the Chairman
and the Secretary/Treasurer, who are both elected annually at each AGM.
- Any changes to these Generally Agreed Principles must
be decided by a majority of clubs, normally at an AGM or by general consent.
- Structural changes of the League would normally be made at
an AGM – but temporary changes can be made by general consent and
ratified at the following AGM or an EGM called specifically for that purpose.
Each club present at an AGM or an EGM has one vote, and proxy votes are not
- During the season, the Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer
are responsible for settling any disputes that may arise.
- Applications to join the League in any season will
only be considered at the previous year’s AGM.
- Fixtures are issued by the Secretary/Treasurer.
These fixtures are calculated by reference to a grid – the number
allocated to each team is decided by the finishing position in the
previous season. However, dates of matches will be notified two or three
- Teams play each other on a home-and-away basis.
- Matches consist of twelve players in a team in
Divisions One, playing six foursomes’ match play games off scratch.
Matches in Divisions Two and Three consist of ten players in a team, playing
five foursomes’ match play games off scratch. The League is open to any
male golfer who is a paid-up member of the club he represents. However, we should not allow players,
with inactive handicaps, to play until their handicap reverts back to
active. This would be completely at odds with the handicap scheme, and
would go against the spirit of what the EGU are trying to do.
· Also, we
should not allow players, awaiting amateur status after being a professional,
to play until their amateur status has been returned. They would not be allowed
to play in any competitions outside of their club, and certainly
not for the County.
- In each match, 2 points are awarded for a win, one
point for a halved match.
- There is no specific order of play, but current
County players are expected to play in the first three games.
- In any season, once a player has represented a club
in a League match, he may not represent another club in the League.
and relegation is decided on a two-up/two-down basis.
- Positions in each Division are
decided by the total number of points. Where teams have an equal number of
points, their positions are decided by the difference between games won
and games lost (often referred to as ‘goal difference’!). If there is
still a tie, their positions are decided by the individual matches played between
the clubs affected, firstly on points gained, then on ‘goal difference’.
If the two teams cannot be separated under these guidelines, then there would
need to be a play-off on a neutral course.
are generally played at 2 pm on a Saturday afternoon. In the event that a club
wishes to alter the time of a match, it is the club’s responsibility to notify
the opposition. Matches MUST be played either on the allotted date or BEFORE
that date if there was a good reason for it not being able to be played then.
Any request to play the match after the due date MUST be approved by the League
Secretary, or a fine will be levied. Furthermore, matches cannot be postponed
for anything other extreme circumstances. Players away on holiday or on a tour
do not count as extreme. Any club failing to fulfil a fixture will have four
points deducted from the following season. Abandoned matches (inclement
weather) must be re-arranged at the soonest possible opportunity, and in any
event MUST be played before the date of the NGFL Cup.
player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.
Results must be notified to the Secretary/Treasurer within three days of the date
on which each match is due to be played. This can either be done by
e-mail (email@example.com) or by text or phone (07590 480636). Failure to notify
the Secretary/Treasurer within the prescribed time will result in the home
club being fined £2.
- On the same day of each League match, there is a
reciprocal friendly ‘B’ team match.
- At the end of each season, the League Secretary will
arrange to present the winners' trophies at the NGFL Cup.
The winning team
in each division will receive a cheque for £100, made out to a nominated
charity of the club's choice.
order to promote the social side of golf, as well as the competitive side,
it is generally accepted that the home club provides a light meal after each
match. This does not have to be elaborate. In fact the League encourages
clubs to keep the cost as low as possible. The League also encourages
clubs to provide this meal as soon as possible after the match has
finished. The League suggests that if any club wishes to provide a
different form of refreshment (such as sandwiches), this is notified to
the opposition before the season starts, in order that a reciprocal
arrangement may be put in place if required.
League’s suggestion regarding payment for meals is that each club charges
a match fee to each player in the team - this would probably be equal to
the cost of the food. The home club keeps the home teams match fees and
the away team takes its own match fees back to its own club. The ‘B’ team,
who are playing away, bring back the match fees they have collected. This
way, each club receives twenty-four match fees even if all players in a
team do not stop for the meal (a good bargaining point when discussing the
cost of meals with the caterers, and trying to keep these costs down).
annual subscription to cover administration costs such as postage,
photocopying and engraving is decided at an AGM.
NGFL Cup is played at the end of each season. This is a scratch medal
foursome’s event in which each club enters four pairs, with the best three
scores to count and the fourth score used to decide in the event of a tie
(similar to the Lister Cup). The order in which each club is requested to
host this event is alphabetical.