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Many of you will have known that there was a possibility of Cleeve Cloud (as we all know them) closing down. A few weeks ago, I received confirmation that new owners had signed a contract on 31 March to take over the course. However, because of the timing and a lot of admin that had to be overcome, no-one at Cleeve could give me an assurance that they were in a position to fully commit themselves to the NGFL this season. Well, as of today I am very pleased to be able to report the following:

  1. The name of the club is now Cleeve Hill Golf Club.
  2. They have given me an assurance that they are fully committed to the NGFL, and will honour all the fixtures in Division Two this year.

Personally, I am delighted to receive this commitment, and I would like to thank the teams who have had their fixture list affected as a result of this uncertainty for their patience and understanding. I have been assured that Cleeve will re-arrange the first two matches that were not played, and they will play the fixtures scheduled for 8 May against Broadway.

This confirms fifteen teams in the NGFL, and so I can now plan for three divisions of five teams next year. This season, and due to the late withdrawal by Lydney at the very end of 2020, we have six teams in Division One, five teams in Division Two and only four teams in Division Three. So, in order to achieve three divisions of five teams next season, at the end of this season two teams will be relegated from Division One, and one team promoted from Division Two to Division One. Two teams will relegated from Division Two and one team will be promoted from Division Three. Going forward, promotion and relegation will be on the basis of one-up/one-down. Unless there are any objections, we will proceed as previously agreed with twelve players (six pairs) in Division One, and ten players (five pairs) in Divisions Two and Three).



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. 



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. 



Amateur Status of Club Team members 

There has been a recent problem with Club teams and the showing of team sponsors logos on clothing.

To clear this up and before engaging in the fitting of sponsors’ logo’s for 2007, team captains must make themselves aware of the rules regarding their team members, especially juniors. The leaflet regarding the rules of amateur status can be downloaded for free from the R&A website but it would be more sensible for clubs to purchase the decisions on the rules of amateur status from the R&A bookshop. It will leave you in no doubt about what you can or cannot do with a sponsor’s logo. 

To remind you, it is a player’s responsibility himself to know the rules of golf including the rules on amateur status. It is a fact that not all players, particularly juniors, take much notice of this fact. Captains of teams who allow logos on clothing & equipment have a responsibility to make sure they do not put their players at risk of losing their amateur status. There are only two penalties that can be applied; one is a warning to the player not to do it again or he will lose his amateur status. The other is automatic loss of amateur status for a period of time resulting in the player only being allowed to play in a professional tournament & removal of his CONGU handicap. These penalties will be applied by the R&A.  

The relevant decision that you should read is 6-2/15.3b. The rule says that the manufacturer and one sponsor’s name may appear on each garment. It must not exceed a perimeter measurement of 220mm. Two sponsors on a single garment will breach the rules. The R&A confirm that a breach reported to them will be investigated. Some teams have had the name of a sponsor put on the back of clothing from shoulder to shoulder. This is a breach of the rules, please do not do it. 

If you have multiple sponsors you can have a different sponsor for each piece of clothing (i.e. different sponsors names on shirts, pullovers, waterproofs, shoes, trousers) but not on the same article of clothing. I know that sounds strange but it is a way out at the moment, keeps your players the right side of the rules and gives you the opportunity to have more than one sponsor on your kit. 

Please get in touch with the Gloucestershire Golf Union Secretary if you are unsure of anything contained in this notice. We don’t want our players being picked up on this because the Captain has given them some free kit. 

For your info Decisions 6-2/13 & 6-2/15 will be revised a little in 2008 in the new ‘decisions on the rules of amateur status’ book, and Ian will keep us informed of those slight changes


Alan Cale – Secretary



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