2019 Mary McKenna Rules


 Rules Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy 2019

R & A Rules of Golf apply – Model Local Rule E-5 shall not be used in matches 

1. Format

The Competition format will be SCOTCH FOURSOMES MATCHPLAY for female competitors who have reached their 60th birthday on or before 31st December 2018.

2. Pairings

Teams will consist of 5 pairings. Players on the team may be changed throughout the tournament. A player may only represent one club.

3. Exchange of Pairings

Pairings may play in any handicap order. Prior to the commencement of a team match, the respective team managers shall simultaneously interchange team sheets with the names of the team members, their handicaps (certified by the team manager) and the order of play. A team with an underage player will be disqualified.

4. Combined Handicaps

The maximum combined handicap is 50. The current handicaps of each pairing shall be combined. Pairings with a combined handicap in excess of 50 are allowed, but they are limited to a maximum combined handicap of 50. Each player is responsible for her own handicap which should be verified to her opponent on the first tee box. An incorrect higher handicap means automatic disqualification of that pairing. (See Rule 3.2C– Rules of Golf).

5. Stroke Allowance

Stroke allowance is based on half the difference of the COMBINED HANDICAPS (maximum 50- see above). Stroke allowances are rounded up to the nearest whole number.

6. Tees

All matches are to be played off red tees. All matches to be played to a finish until an overall result has been obtained. There are no halved matches. However, a match “called in” is recorded as a half.

7. Courtesy Shots

Home & Away matches:- To compensate for the home advantage, the away team will receive one courtesy shot per pairing .

Single Leg Matches:- To compensate for the home advantage one courtesy shot applies in pairings 1,2 , 4 and 5. Two courtesy shots apply in pairing 3 to the away team.

Firstly, calculate the normal shot differential between the Stroke Allowances of the two pairings and then credit the extra courtesy shot(s) to the visiting pair.

8. Home & Away Legs

In Home & Away legs, the team on the top of the draw shall have the choice of venue for the first of the two legs. The result will be based on the cumulative total of match wins from the two fixtures. If the overall result produces a draw, the result will be decided that day by a sudden death playoff, commencing on the 1st hole.                Each Team Manager shall nominate any one of the said pairings for the playoff. Stroke Allowance will apply. Courtesy shot doesn’t apply for play-off pairings.

9. Team Managers

If a Team Manager is a player, she should appoint a Substitute Manager who may give advice. (Rule 24.4).

10. Buggies

Buggies are only allowed with appropriate medical certificate.

11. Postponements

All matches must be played by the date specified, no extensions can be permitted. Unplayed matches shall be scratched, unless one of the clubs has received a walkover. Unfortunately, we must strictly adhere to this in the interest of equity and competition efficiency. 

12. Results

Results of the matches must be communicated by the winning team within three days.

Contact WOODENBRIDGE GOLF CLUB, Tel. 0402 35202 ext. 3 (from ROI).

If calling from Northern Ireland 00353 404 35202. Email :  admin@woodenbridge.ie

13. Disputes

In all disputes, the decision of the Woodenbridge Golf Club shall be final. Woodenbridge Golf Club reserves the right to alter and revise the Competition Rules as it sees fit.

Any dispute must be communicated by the Team Manager within 24 hours of completion of play, by email to  admin@woodenbridge.ie.

14. Finals

The Provincial Champions shall play the All Ireland Semi-Finals and Finals at Woodenbridge Golf Club on the Saturday and Sunday, 7th and 8th September 2019.

Course facilities to be provided to opponents for a practice round without charge.

Note: Meals/Drinks

Each team shall be responsible for the cost of their own after match refreshments.