Men's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship (Brabazon Trophy)

THE ENGLISH MEN’S OPEN AMATEUR STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
for the BRABAZON TROPHY
Presented by the Rt. Hon. Lord Brabazon of Tara GBE, MC, LLD (President 1938)

The following must be read in conjunction with the England Golf “General Conditions and Rules”, “Hard Card” and other related policies applicable to all England Golf Championships, all of which can be found at www.englandgolf.org/championships

Conditions of Competition

1. The Championship

a) The Championship shall be open to male amateur golfers of all nationalities.

b) It shall be played by 72 holes of stroke play over four days, 18 holes being played on each day. After 36 holes, the leading 60 competitors and all those tying for 60th place shall play a further 18 holes on the third day, followed by a re-draw and a final 18 holes on the fourth day.

c) The winner shall be the competitor who returns the lowest score over 72 holes. In the event of a tie, there will be a sudden death play off over holes to be decided by the Championship Committee.

d) A minimum of 144 competitors shall play in the Championship.

2. Entry Qualification

Entrants must be:

a) In possession of a competition “c” handicap not exceeding 1.4 under the CONGU Unified Handicapping System or a comparable scheme operated by a recognised overseas Golf Union, Federation or Association. Entrants holding both a CONGU and an overseas authority’s handicap must enter the Championship using their CONGU handicap. Failure to enter in accordance with this Condition will result in entry being denied.

3. Qualifying Competition

a) i. The maximum number of non-exempt players shall be 264.
    ii. Ballot: If the number of entries for qualifying exceeds 264, they shall be reduced to 264 by eliminating the higher handicaps by ballot or in such other way as the Championship Committee shall determine.
Note: Those who played for England in the previous year’s Boys’ Home Internationals will be exempt from any ballot.

b) i. Two regional qualifying competitions, each with a maximum of 132 players, will be held at courses decided by the Championship Committee.
    ii. If a qualifying round is oversubscribed players will be placed on a reserve list. These players may be offered a place in the other qualifying round if places are available.

c) Irrespective of the number of exempt players entering the Championship, a minimum of 30 qualifiers from each of the regional qualifying competitions will normally qualify. There would only be a reduction to this number if the total number of exempt players and qualifiers exceeds 155. If there is a tie for the last qualifying place, the qualifiers shall be determined via card countback (General Condition 15b).

d) Reserve list. If the number of exempt players who enter the Championship results in the number of competitors falling below 144, then players from the qualifying competitions shall be taken in card play-off order, equally from both qualifying competitions.

e) In the event of no play being possible on the qualifying day places for the Brabazon Trophy will be determined by the lowest handicaps at the time of the closing date at each of the qualifying rounds. Should there be a tie for the final places these shall be decided by lot.

4. Exemptions from Qualifying Competition

The following will be exempt from qualifying provided their handicaps comply with Condition 2 (14, 15 and 27 below excepted).
1 England - 12 players
2 Ireland - 10 players
3 Scotland - 10 players
4 Wales - 10 players
5 Spain - 8 players
6 France - 8 players
7 South Africa - 2 players
8 Australia - 2 players
9 New Zealand - 2 players
10 Past Winners
11 English Amateur Champion -1 player
12 British Amateur Champion (2016) - 1 player
13 The top 15 players and those tying for 15th place in the previous year’s Championship
14 English Men’s County Champion of Champions - 1 player
15 English Boys’ County Champion of Champions - 1 player
16 Portuguese Amateur Champion - 1 player
17 Spanish Amateur Champion - 1 player
18 South African Amateur Champion (MP) - 1 player
19 Australian Amateur Champion - 1 player
20 Open Championship Silver Medal Winner (2016) - 1 player
21 Lytham Trophy Winner - 1 player
22 Carris Trophy Winner (2016) - 1 player
23 European Amateur Champion (previous year) - 1 player
24 English players in the previous year’s Jacques Leglise Team
25 The Top 10 players in the final standings of the England Golf Order of Merit the previous year.
26 Any player, not otherwise exempt, in the top 25 of the R&A’s World Amateur Order of Merit Ranking on 26 April of the year in which the Championship is to be played.
27 Irrespective of handicap, the leading player, who is not already exempt or qualified, in the Northern and South East Group Qualifying Competitions for the English Men’s County Championship. If that leading player is unavailable, a substitute will not be allowed.
28 10 overseas players at the discretion of the Director of Championship.

Note

a) Countries with exemptions may replace any player who was on their exemption list but subsequently is unable to play.

b) For the avoidance of doubt, in the above list the words “Champion” and “Winner” mean as on the first day of the Championship.

c) If an exempt place is not taken, a qualifier will be invited to ensure a minimum of 144 players compete in the first two rounds of the Championship.

5. Winner and Prizes

a) The Winner shall be presented with the Brabazon Trophy at the Prize Presentation.

In addition, prize vouchers shall be awarded to the top 6 places. 

The George Henriques Salver Presented by Mrs. Henriques in memory of her husband, G L Q Henriques (President 1951)

a) Competition for this Salver shall be held in conjunction with the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship for the Brabazon Trophy.

b) This competition shall be restricted to players from Great Britain and Ireland who have not reached the age of 20 on the first day of the English Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

c) The winner shall be the player returning the lowest score over 72 holes. He shall be presented with the Salver at the Prize Presentation and receive a memento. 

d) In the event of a tie, those players shall be joint winners of the Salver and each shall receive a memento.

e) Other Conditions of Competition shall be as in the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

The Philip Scrutton Jug

a) In 1959, Mrs Scrutton, mother of the late Philip Scrutton, together with his widow, donated the Philip Scrutton Jug to be awarded annually to the player returning the best joint scores in The Berkshire Trophy and the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

b) The winner shall be presented with the Jug at the Prize Presentation and shall receive a memento. 

c) In the event of a tie, those players shall be joint winners of the Jug and each shall receive a memento.

d) Other Conditions of Competition shall be as in the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.
 

 
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