Club Competitions: Submission of Scores
Players are reminded that once they have entered a competition, they are required to enter their score either by using the Touch Screen in The Driscoll Room, or by smart phone app. The score card must then be put in the box to the left of the Touch Screen – marked Completed Cards. If for some reason a player cannot input his or her score, then their card must be put into the box to the right of the Touch Screen – marked Cards for Computer Entry.
If the Driscoll Room is closed, then players must put their cards in the office letter box, and the C&HC member closing the competition will input their scores.
Please note however, that in a strokeplay competition, if a player does not score on a hole or holes, they are nevertheless required to make the best possible score on the rest of the holes, and not just mark them NR. This is important in assessing the Playing Conditions Calculation – which has replaced the Competition Scratch Score in the new World Handicapping System. In stableford competitions there is no such thing as a NR round.
Your cooperation will be appreciated.
Competition & Handicap Committee.
Preferred Lies 11th Hole
IOMG no longer support the use of preferred lies throughout the year on the 11th hole. This withdrawal took effect Thursday 27th May – but see below.
Temporary Local Rule: Abnormal Course Conditions
When a ball comes to rest in the general area on:
- an area covered with wood chippings, or gravel, and the like,
- exposed rock, slate, and the like,
- areas void of grass and cut to fairway height or less,
free relief may be taken in accordance with Rule 16.1b.
Wood chips or gravel remote from the main concentrations are classed as ‘Loose Impediments’ and may be removed under Rule 15.1.
The Boat Trophy
The first leg will be played at Douglas GC on Saturday 2nd October. The return leg at Rowany will be played on Saturday 16th October, with a shotgun start at 12.45.
IOMG 72 Hole Strokeplay Championship
Mike Rae Best Gross at Rowany
Mark Sutton Runner-up Nett at Rowany
Di Neale Runner-up Nett at Rowany
Shirley Price Runner-up Nett Overall
It was mentioned in an earlier newsletter about having a “Divot Day” and this was planned for late April when it was expected to warm up a bit and growing starts, but things are now only showing stronger growth. We are now looking at Thursday morning, 24th June!!
What we need are some volunteers to turn up – any time from 08.00 – armed with a bucket and a trowel to take a hole or two each and go along filling in all the divot holes and other fairway damage. The soil, sand and seed mix will be prepared, but we may also need helpers working to sift and prepare more soil and sand. Hopefully we can get this done in one go and help Rowany to remain one of the best kept courses on the Island.
Gents Summer Eclectic
The Gents Summer Eclectic starts 1st June and ends 31st August. Maximum 5 18-hole rounds. The Entry Sheet has been posted on the Notice Board in the Gents Locker Room.
Tower Insurance Stableford Series
With the WHS system needing time to settle down and normalise Handicap Indexes, in conjunction with our sponsor, it has been decided, for this year, to award prizes for Handicap Indexes up to 20 (Division 1), and from 21 to 54 (Division 2) for each of the rounds starting with Round 2 this coming Sunday. Both Divisions will be awarded prizes for the winners and runners-up (£30 and £15) – except in the event of entry numbers of a Division being 15 or less, when only the winner will receive a prize. Overall prizes after 12 rounds (£250/£150/£100 will be shared in proportion to total entries per division.
With the new World Handicap System now up and running, Handicap Indexes are being adjusted more frequently than previously by the system. As such it has been decided that, while the handicap lists will still be posted on the Notice Boards on a regular basis, these will be for general information only. It is therefore the responsibility of each player, that he or she checks what their Handicap Indexes are, and therefore what their Course Handicaps are, prior to playing a match, or playing in a competition. This can be done using various apps, or by using the Touch Screen in The Driscoll Room.
Presentation of Prizes
The next presentation of Prizes will be held on Wednesday 30th June at around 8.30 after the Gents Club Night Presentation of Prizes.
The Tee Caddy
The Tee Caddy is on its summer hours and is open from 10am each day – 9.30am Saturdays – to 6pm. Depending on demand, the opening hours may be extended.
To arrange a coaching session, contact John Tinsley on 452262. Especially valuable for members new to golf to learn the basics.
9-hole Mixed Open Stableford Competitions
On 9-hole competitions, with the high numbers entering, the Competition & Handicap Committee (C&HC) has decided to award prizes for Handicap Indexes up to 20, and from 21 to 54.
My England Golf app
New functionality is coming to the ‘My England Golf’ app, which will allow golfers to post scores from general play rounds to count towards their Handicap Indexes. Check to see if your App has these functions!
Players will be required to pre-register their 9-hole or 18-hole round on the app. Geo-location will ensure this can only be done within proximity to the course.
Score integrity will be maintained by an enforced time-lag between the registering of intent to the time when a score can be inputted. A golfer’s final score must also be verified by a playing partner who has witnessed the round and holds a WHS handicap index.
Casual Tee Bookings
While it is not mandatory, it is highly recommended, that members continue to book casual golf tee times online. This to ensure that members can play on the day and time they wish to. It also helps with the booking of visitors and societies. Players who have booked their tee times have priority on the first tee.
Social, Casual, Recreational or General Play Scores – Away
EnglandGolf has asked clubs to advise members that such rounds can now be played at away venue. To post a general play score from any venue a player must:
- Pre-register the round with the host club;
- Play the round;
- Ask the host club to enter the round on the player’s behalf either through the WHS Platform or the club’s own software.
If an away club cannot enter the score, then the player should return their card to their home club and request that it be entered into the WHS Platform.
Casual Round Protocol
When a member wishes to submit a Casual Round – formerly called a Supplementary Round – they must sign the Casual Round book, located at the competition Entry Sheet station, and then input their score, either by Touch Screen or an app such as the howdidido app. If for some reason there is difficulty inputting their score, then the card can be deposited in the box to the right of the Touch Screen, and a member of the Competition & Handicap Committee (C&HC), will arrange to input the score.