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GOL i The BUCS Golf Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the following BUCS sport specific regulations, the BUCS general regulations, the R&A Rules of Golf and such Local Rules (BUCS Hard Card) and Conditions of Competition as shall be approved by BUCS. Further event specific requirements, rules, and regulations will be contained within the entry and pre-event information for each Championship.

GOL ii In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

GOL iii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the R&A Rules of Golf, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.


GOL 1 Championships BUCS will host annually the following Championships:

GOL 1.1 Individual Championships (Stroke Play) The programme shall include the events listed in Appendix 1 (‘BUCS Competition Offer and Associated BUCS Points’), subject to entry numbers.

GOL 1.2 Team Championships (Match Play) The programme shall include leagues and knockout competitions as per BUCS general regulations, Appendix 1 (‘BUCS Competition Offer and Associated BUCS Points’) and Appendix 10 (‘BUCS Promotion, Relegation and Knockout Information’).

GOL 2 Dispute at events In line with REG 4.6.3, should a dispute occur at an event, the event appeal panel for Golf shall comprise of the Tournament Director and/or a BUCS Staff Member. During Stroke Play Championships, the above shall form the Tournament Committee in governance of the set event. BUCS, in consultation with the Sport Advisory Group (SAG) and Tournament Committee, reserves the right to remove any individuals or teams who contravene these regulations.

GOL 3 Use of electronic equipment

GOL 3.1 In all BUCS competitions throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player will be in breach of Rule 14-3 of the Rules of Golf.

GOL 3.2 All BUCS competitions throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will permit the use of manual or powered caddy cars. However, the use of buggies remains forbidden (with the exception of certified medical exemption).


Individual Championships (Stroke Play) / BUCS Order of Merit (Golf Tour)

GOL 4 The Individual Championships (Stroke Play), also referred to as the BUCS Order of Merit (Golf Tour), shall comprise of a number of qualifying tour events, followed by a tour finals event.

GOL 5 The BUCS Individual Champions shall be the players with the highest grossing points within the Order of Merit on conclusion of the Golf Tour Finals. If players are level on points, the player with the higher finish in the Golf Tour Finals shall be deemed the Champion.

GOL 6 Individual eligibility

GOL 6.1 All competitors should normally hold a handicap recognised by their National Governing Body (NGB) or be a member of a Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). Proof of current handicap or professional status may be requested for entries to be accepted.

GOL 6.2 All players must be of Amateur Status as defined by the Rules of Amateur status.

GOL 6.2.1 Students of a BUCS certified institution holding membership of a Professional Golfers’ Association are permitted. Students must inform BUCS of their status and membership upon entry.

GOL 7 Course requirements All competitions will be held on an 18 hole course of appropriate quality which regularly hosts amateur matches of similar standard. Men will compete from the appropriate medal (white) tees (or appropriate winter tees) and women will compete from the standard women’s (red) tees (or appropriate winter tees). Minimum course yardages:

Competition Men's Women's
BUCS Individual Championships (Stroke Play) Tour Finals 6,600 yards+ 5,500 yards+ (or within 10-15% of Men's)
BUCS Individual Championships (Stroke Play) Tour Qualifying Events 6,000 yards+ 5,200 yards+ (or within 10-15% of Men's)
BUCS Handicap Competitions 5,500 yards+ 4,750 yards+ (or within 10-15% of Men's)

 

GOL 8 Scorecards For stroke play events; official BUCS scorecards or club scorecards must be used and appropriately collated. Cards will be retained by BUCS (or its representatives) until the end of each academic year. Hardcopy scorecards remain the property of BUCS and will not be returned to players after events.

GOL 9 Qualifying events

GOL 9.1 To be eligible to compete in the Golf Tour Finals players must compete in a number (determined and published by the SAG annually) of qualifying events. The current minimum number of events required is 2.

GOL 9.2 Individual events within the Golf Tour calendar may comprise of 18, 36, 54 or 72 hole competitions and may be scratch or a combination of scratch and handicap competition (as detailed in the annual calendar). For the Order of Merit calculation (scratch events), a weighting will be applied:

-    72 hole events = 1.25 points multiplier
-    54 hole events (normal) = 1.00 points multiplier
-    36 holes events = 0.75 points multiplier
-    18 hole events = 0.50 points multiplier
-    Golf Tour Finals = 1.50 points multiplier

GOL 9.2.1 Should an event be reduced by poor weather, the weighting for the originally intended number of holes will be applied.

GOL 9.3 A maximum handicap of 5 for Men and 12 for Women (as determined by the SAG) will be permitted in a Golf Tour event.

GOL 9.4 A maximum field for each Golf Tour qualifying event will be considered based on time of year, weather and course availability.

GOL 9.4.1 If the number of entries is greater than the maximum field size, entries will be balloted by eliminating the higher handicaps. In the event of a ballot, students holding membership of the PGA shall be allocated a handicap of 0.0. Remaining entries will form a reserve list.

GOL 9.4.2 BUCS, in consultation with the SAG, can offer a limited number of invitations or guest entries to improve the overall standard of the field. Invitations or guest entries will not comprise more than 10% of the entire field.

GOL 9.5 The Golf Tour will reflect regional requirements. Northern Ireland may determine and host their own regional qualifying programmes in consultation with BUCS and allow entrants from other BUCS institutions.

GOL 9.5.1 Northern Ireland competitors must play in the minimum number of BUCS Tour qualifying events identified annually in GOL 9.1 to be eligible for the Golf Tour Finals.

GOL 9.6 The winner of each individual event shall be the competitor who returns the lowest score over the designated tournament length (36, 54 or 72 holes). In the event of a tie, there will be a playoff over holes determined by the Tournament Committee before the start of the tournament. If a playoff is not possible due to unforeseen circumstances the winner will be decided on normal countback conditions.

GOL 9.7 Players will be ranked according to their performance in each event. The following Order of Merit points will be awarded on the basis of final scratch positions at each qualifying event:

Position Points   Position Points
First 120   Eleventh 50
Second 100   Twelfth 45
Third 90   Thirteenth 40
Fourth 85   Fourteenth 35
Fifth 80   Fifteenth 30
Sixth 75   Sixteenth 25
Seventh 70   Seventeenth 20
Eighth 65   Eighteenth 15
Ninth 60   Nineteenth 10
Tenth 55   Twentieth 5

 

GOL 9.7.1 When a competition has 6 or less Men’s or Women’s entries the Order of Merit points will be halved in that category.

GOL 9.8 At the conclusion of the qualifying events, the BUCS Order of Merit will include up to a player’s best 4 finishes. At this point the top 50 ranked men and top 15 ranked women will be invited to the Individual Stroke Play Championships (Golf Tour Finals). The Individual Stroke Play Championships will be included as a player's fifth/additional counting event for the overall Order of Merit.

GOL 10 Finals

GOL 10.1 A Men’s and Women’s Individual Stroke Play Tour Final will take place annually at a venue selected by BUCS for the Individual Stroke Play Championships.

GOL 10.2 The Championships shall be played over 72 holes, over 3 days.

GOL 10.3 The winner shall be the competitor who returns the lowest score over 72 holes. In the event of a tie, there will be a playoff over holes determined by the Tournament Committee.

GOL 10.4 A maximum field for the Championships will be considered based on time of year, weather and course availability.

GOL 10.5 Entry to the Golf Tour Finals is available to competitors through the Golf Tour qualifying events. Exemptions will be granted to the following at the discretion of the Sports Advisory Group (SAG):

-    Players finishing in the top 5 of the BUCS Order of Merit in the previous year
-    Players in receipt of at least 1 full international cap in the year prior to the Championship
-    Players reaching the top 10 of their NGB Order of Merit in the previous year
-    Players reaching the top 100 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings in the year prior to the Championship

GOL 10.5.1 BUCS, in consultation with the SAG, can offer a limited number of invitations or guest entries to improve the overall standard of the field. Invitations or guest entries will not comprise more than 10% of the entire field.

GOL 10.5.2 All qualifiers, invitations or exemptions must have played in the minimum number of BUCS Tour qualifying events identified annually in GOL 9.1.

GOL 10.5.3 Invitations or guests are ineligible to win the Individual Stroke Play Championship.

GOL 10.6 Men’s and Women’s Team Stroke Play Champions will be calculated from the 72 holes of the Individual Stroke Play Finals.

GOL 10.6.1 Men’s Teams shall comprise of 4 players selected at the start of the Championship. The lowest 3 scores for each day’s competition shall be used to ascertain the Men’s Team Stroke Play Champions.

GOL 10.6.2 Women’s Teams shall comprise of 3 players selected at the start of the Championship. The lowest 2 scores for each day’s competition shall be used to ascertain the Women’s Team Stroke Play Champions.

GOL 10.6.3 In the event of a tie the winner will be determined by the inclusion of the unused score for all the rounds of the Championship. If a tie still exists, card countback will be used.

GOL 10.6.4 In appropriate qualifying years, the Men’s Team Stroke Play Champions and the Women’s Team Stroke Play Champions will be eligible to represent BUCS in the European University Sports Association (EUSA) Golf Championships or EUSA Games. If the winning team is unable to play, the next placed team shall be eligible to compete.

GOL 11 International representation

GOL 11.1 In appropriate qualifying years, individual players will be eligible to represent BUCS in the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) Golf Championships or Universiade. BUCS may choose not to select representatives for individual competitions.

GOL 11.2 For each event a selection panel will be appointed to consider individual player applications. This panel will be chaired by the BUCS Golf Sport Advisory Group Chair and may contain representatives of the R&A and National Governing Bodies.

GOL 11.3 Current selections are based on the following consideration of the criteria:

1.    BUCS Order of Merit Champion
2.    BUCS Tour Finals Champion
3.    WAGR current list (as at the nomination deadline)
4.    NCAA Rankings
5.    Current EGU/SGU/WGU Order of Merit (and GUI Order of Merit if appropriate)
6.    Current international representation at full level, then other Orders of Merits and Youth performances

GOL 11.4 Where further consideration is required, attention also is given to:

1.    Consistency of performances shown within the qualification period
2.    Previous international performances
3.    Previous national championship performances
4.    Head-to-head competitive records (in stroke play events)
5.    Current form and fitness
6.    Any other factor(s) which in the selection panel’s opinion will impact on the athlete’s medal potential


Team Championships (Match Play)

GOL 12 Competition requirements

GOL 12.1 All competitions shall be held on an 18 hole course of appropriate quality which regularly hosts amateur matches of similar standard. Men will compete from the appropriate medal (white) tees (or appropriate winter tees) and women will compete from the standard women’s (red) tees (or appropriate winter tees). Minimum course yardages:

Competition Men's Women's
BUCS Team Championship Finals (including Trophy) 6,600 yards+ 5,500 yards+ (or within 10-15% of Men's)
BUCS Premier League and Championship (All fixtures except Championship Final) 6,000 yards+ 5,200 yards+ (or within 10-15% of Men's)
BUCS Tier 1,Tier 2 and Trophy (All fixtures except Trophy Final) 5,500 yards+ 4,750 yards+ (or within 10-15% of Men's)
BUCS Tier 3 and below and Conference Cup (All fixtures) 5,000 yards+ 4,250 yards+ (or within 10-15% of Men's)

 

GOL 12.1.1 For league matches Women’s tees should normally be no less than 10% and no more than 15% shorter than the yardage for the Men’s tees. In Premier North, Premier South and Scottish 1A, institutions should ensure that their home course allows for this off both normal and winter tees.

GOL 12.1.2 In a mixed game, where the Men’s tee on a hole is in front of the Women’s tee, the Women shall tee off from the Men’s tee.

GOL 12.1.3 Each BUCS golf playing institution must forward to BUCS the scorecard (or appropriate document) of their home course showing the Men’s medal (white) and Women’s (red) course lengths along with SSS for both the full length course and the normal winter course by the deadline listed in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document. Failure to do so will lead to sanctions as outlined in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document and possibly further disciplinary action.

GOL 12.2 Matches may only be staged on 9 hole courses provided there are 18 distinct tee configurations effectively creating 18 different holes. 9 hole courses that do not offer this tee configuration are not permitted to host BUCS matches.

GOL 12.3 In the event of a dispute as to whether the course is fit to play the (i) golf club Professional, (ii) Head Greenkeeper or (iii) other suitable club official will make the final decision.

GOL 12.4 In the event of the course being open, but some holes closed, the match should go ahead with the requisite number of holes played twice to complete 18 holes. The captains must agree in advance of the match starting the holes which will be played twice and the order they will be played in. If 10 or more holes are closed the match should not start.

GOL 12.5 Temporary greens In normal circumstances, temporary greens will not be used. If 4 or more temporary greens are – or are likely to be – in operation, the away team should be notified in good time (24 hours in advance). In such circumstances, the away team have the option to request a rescheduling of any match. Providing such rescheduling is agreed before the away team start their journey, the match will be replayed at the original home venue.

GOL 12.6 For league and knockout matches, home teams must organise suitable tee times to complete the match in daylight. Teams must allow for a minimum of 5 hours play.

GOL 12.7 Before play starts the captains shall draw up and exchange their orders for play for singles and, where relevant, foursomes. Where teams are playing with less than a full complement of players, a team is required to fill places 1-5 (places 1-7 or 1-9 in Scotland) on the start sheet in singles matches. (Note GOL 14 and GOL 15).

GOL 13 Stroke allowance

GOL 13.1 No stroke allowance is given for matches in Premier North, Premier South and Scottish 1A.

GOL 13.2 For matches in leagues below Premier North, Premier South and Scottish 1A, stroke allowance for Men or Women based on the Standard Scratch Score (SSS) of the course played and the tees in play that day will be given.

GOL 13.2.1 Stroke allowance for Men or Women shall be based on the difference in SSS for the tees selected for play that day.

GOL 13.2.2 If stroke allowance is given the stroke index for the Men’s card will be used. If a playoff situation occurs any stroke allowance would continue over to playoff holes.

GOL 13.2.3 The maximum stroke allowance for Men or Women will be 2 strokes. In foursome matches the following stroke allowances may be given:

-    2 Men v 2 Women: Up to 2 shots, taken on lowest SI holes
-    2 Men v 1 Woman and 1 Man: Up to 1 shot, taken on lowest SI hole from which the Woman tees off
-    2 Women v 1 Woman and 1 Man: Up to 1 shot, taken on lowest SI hole
-    1 Man and 1 Woman v 1 Woman and 1 Man: No shots

GOL 14 League match specific regulations

GOL 14.1 Each team in the Premier Leagues and English and Welsh Conference leagues (Tier 1 and below) shall consist of 6 nominated members (Men or Women).

GOL 14.1.1 In the Scottish Conference, all teams in Tier 1 shall consist of 10 nominated players (Men or Women). Teams competing in Tier 2 and below in the Scottish Conference shall consist of 8 nominated players (Men or Women).

GOL 14.2 The competition is player versus player scratch match play. Each match shall consist of singles games of a number according to GOL 13.1 and GOL 13.1.1.

GOL 14.2.1 Any team short of members shall concede the appropriate number of games.

GOL 14.3 Minimum number of players for a fixture to start The minimum number of players per team required for a fixture to start will be 3.

GOL 14.4 If bad light, or inclement weather prevents the completion of all matches (and as long as 50% of the games in the match; singles and foursomes, where applicable have been decided), the match scores will be determined on the basis of the team positions at suspension of play.

GOL 15 Knockout match specific regulations

GOL 15.1 For knockout matches, all teams shall consist of 6 nominated players (Men or Women).

GOL 15.1.1 In the Scottish Conference Cup, teams shall consist of 8 nominated players (Men or Women).

GOL 15.2 In knockout matches up to but not including the quarter-finals of the Championship and Trophy, and all English and Welsh Conference Cup matches, all games shall consist of singles matches.

GOL 15.3 From the quarter-finals onwards in the Championship and Trophy, all matches shall consist of 3 foursomes and 6 single games, with the foursomes taking place before the singles games.

GOL 15.4 In the Championship quarter-finals the host institution is required to submit to the BUCS office the name of the proposed venue at least 7 days before the competition. If the BUCS office (in consultation with the SAG) believes the course is not in a suitable condition, then the home team may be instructed to find a different venue or have the match switched to the away team's venue.

GOL 15.5 If a match is tied at the end of a knockout stage, a sudden death playoff will take place between a nominated player from either side (players to be nominated once the final result has been declared). The playoff shall take place on holes determined by the tradition of the host golf club, or the BUCS Tournament Director (if present).

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