There are three competitions played for within the official 8:30 season, one competition played for over the summer, three competitions played for at the Annual Outing and one competition played for at the Autumn Tour.
All the associated trophies are presented at the AGM.
All 8:30 G.C. competitions will be played under the Rules of Golf as defined by the R & A along with local rules as defined by Turnhouse G.C. or as defined by the courses hosting the Annual Outing or Autumn Tour.
1.1 The season shall be from the first Sunday in October to the last Sunday in April. The Secretary will be responsible for notifying members of the start and finish of the season together with the number of potential games.
1.2 Counting Days are all Sundays within the season. The Captain will declare if any Sunday falling on or around Christmas day or New Years day will be a ‘counting day’.
Attendance, although it is no longer an absolute commitment for members to play every Sunday, it is expected that they will play regularly.
1.3 If members turn up for play and the weather is inclement, that Sunday will only be a counting day if at least five members carry on and play the whole course, which is defined as being all holes that are open for play that day. If a member starts play and does not complete the whole course as defined above then any score they have made up to their last hole is void.
1.4 During the season the Secretary will record each members Stableford score and these will form the basis of the competition for the three ‘winter season’ trophies. Following each Sundays round the Secretary will calculate the highest and the second highest Stableford score.
1.5 The Captain will announce the results of the Sunday game to the members. If he is not present then the Secretary will stand-in for him, if both the Captain and the Secretary are not present then the most recent past Captain present will stand-in for the Captain. The Captain will also adjudicate on any disputes or rule interpretations and his decision will be final.
1.6 Prize money. From the members subscriptions a prize fund is maintained. Each week the winner is allocated £2 and the runner-up is allocated £1. If there are joint winners, up to three, they get allocated £1 each and any runners-up will receive nothing. If there are more than three winners they will receive nothing. Equally, if there are joint runners-up, they will receive nothing.
1.7 Handicaps. At the beginning of the ‘season’, members will play off three-quarters of their current national handicap and this will become their initial 8:30 handicap. If they win any counting day their 8:30 Handicap will be reduced by two. If they are the runner-up their handicap will be reduced by one. If there is a two way or three way tie for first place then each of the members tying will have their 8:30 handicaps reduced by one stroke and there will be no handicap reduction for the runner-up. There will be no handicap cuts if more than three members tie for first place. There will be no handicap cuts if two or more members tie for the runners-up place.
The club defines the season as an ongoing competition and therefore once the 8:30 handicap has been established at the beginning of the season, any changes to a members national handicap will not effect their 8:30 handicap.
2.1 The Secretary records each members Stableford score on each Sunday the member plays. At the end of the season the Secretary will average the best sixteen (16) scores.
The member with the highest season average score will be the winner and presented with the JOHN BOYD CUP. Details of Winners
2.2 In the unlikely event of a tie the average score will be re-calculated over the best of sixteen scores plus one to determine the winner, if this does not separate the members then the average score of best sixteen scores plus two is calculated and so on till a winner is identified. This process will continue till all scores of either member are used up. If a winner is still not identified then the member who has played the higher number of games will be declared the winner.
2.3 Should there be extended periods of bad weather the qualifying number of games will be reduced as follows. Over 24 available Sundays then 18 qualifying scores, between 21 and 23 available Sundays then 17 qualifying scores, between 18 and 20 available Sundays then 16 qualifying scores, between 16 and 17 available Sundays then 15 qualifying scores, for each Sunday lost after 15 then one qualifying score is deducted.
3.1 The member who over the season has had the biggest reduction in their 8:30 handicap is declared the winner and will be presented with the DOUBLE CROSS TROPHY. Details of Winners
3.2 If there is a tie the number of ‘wins’ are counted and the member with the greater number is declared the winner, if this still does not separate the players then the player who started the season with the lower 8:30 handicap will be the winner.
4.1 This competition is played for over the last ten counting days of the season. The Secretary will inform members of the competition start date. The member who has the highest cumulative score from their best five (5) scores in that period will be the winner and be presented with the AFTER EIGHT TROPHY. Details of Winners
4.2 If there is a tie then the best four scores are used and so on until there is a winner. If this still does not produce a winner then the player who started the season with the lower 8:30 handicap will be the winner.
4.3 The winner of the John Boyd Trophy and the Double Cross Trophy is excluded from this competition.
The Secretary will obtain costs from various golf clubs suggested by the members and following discussion of the proposed venues with the members, the Captain will nominate a course. There are three competitions played at the Annual Outing.
The morning round of the Annual Outing will be designated for singles and the afternoon round for doubles.
Guests cannot win any of the Eight Thirty trophies but will be presented with the relevant prizes and entered in any ‘sweeps’.
5.1 The ‘Bank Rule’. An additional rule, brought into use only at the Annual Outing, is the so-called ‘Bank Rule’. This rule is to ensure continuous play. The Bank Rule is, if a player plays a shot and following a search the ball cannot be found, the player should declare the ball ‘lost’ and drop a second ball on the fairway at a point closest to where he and his playing partners think the original ball was lost. The original stroke is counted, a penalty stoke is added for the lost ball and a further stroke is added for the distance from where the original stroke was played to the dropping point eg if a drive is lost then after the drop the member is playing four. A ball played ‘out of bounds’ cannot be declared ‘lost’ under this rule.
6.1 This is a stroke play competition. The Secretary will record all scores from the designated singles round. The player with the lowest scratch score will be declared the winner and presented with the BILL RITCHIE POT. Details of Winners
6.2 If there is a tie, a countback over the last nine holes, six holes, three holes and the last hole is made until there is a winner. If this still does not produce a winner then the player with the higher National Handicap will be declared the winner.
7.1 This is a stroke play competition played off members full National Handicaps at the time of the outing. The Secretary will record all scores from the designated singles round. The player with the lowest net score will be declared the winner and presented
with the 8.30 PUTTER. Details of Winners
7.2 If there is a tie, a countback over the last nine holes, six holes, three holes and the last hole is made until there is a winner. If this still does not produce a winner then the player with the lower National Handicap will be the winner.
7.3 The winner of The Bill Ritchie Pot is excluded from this competition.
8.1 This is a better ball stroke play competition. The Secretary will draw pairs before the day of the outing and members will play off their own full National Handicaps at the time of the outing. The Secretary will record all scores from the designated doubles round. The pair that scores the lowest net better ball score will be declared the winners and presented with the BUNTY McRAE TROPHY. Details of Winners
8.2 If there is a tie, a countback over the last nine holes, six holes, three holes and the last hole is made until there is a winner. If this still does not produce a winner then the pair with the lower joint National Handicaps will be declared the winners.
9.1 The Secretary will make a draw at the end of the 8:30 Season and prepare a sheet to be posted on the Turnhouse Golf Club noticeboard showing each tie and the dates these ties should be completed. This is a matchplay competition played off members full National Handicap at time of the individual tie. This competition has traditionally been called the ‘Hole and Hole’ competition. The winner of the final tie will be awarded the
FINGERS TROPHY. Details of Winners
9.2 There is no rule as to which player should arrange the tie but all members playing in the competition should ensure that the ties are played within the allotted time period. Should a tie go beyond the allotted time period then the Secretary will have the authority to put forward either player following discussion with them. The competition should be decided before the start of the new 8:30 season. It is customary for the loser of the tie to mark up the draw sheet with the result.
9.3 If the tie does not produce a winner then either a rematch is organised or sudden death holes are played. The method of resolving a halved tie should be decided prior to playing the tie.
The Autumn Tour was devised so that members could play courses further afield than the Annual Outing and is less formal than the Annual Outing. The venue and accommodation is discussed with the members by the Autumn Tour organiser who then makes the final decision and arrangements.
10.1 This is a stroke play stableford competition played over thirty-six holes. Full National Handicaps at time of outing are used. The player with the highest stableford score over the two rounds will be declared the winner and presented with the MR GOLF TROPHY. Details of Winners
10.2 If there is a tie, a countback over the last nine holes, six holes, three holes and the last hole is made until there is a winner. The second round will be used for the countback. If this still does not produce a winner then the player with the lower National Handicap will be declared the winner.
The rules above were formally adopted by the Turnhouse 8.30 Golf Club club at the 38th AGM on Friday 4th November 2011.
Change 1: Rule 2.2 amended at the 41st AGM on 24th October 2014.
Change 2: Rule 2.1 & 2.2 amended at the 42nd AGM on 23rd October 2015.