Boys' Under 16 Open Stroke Play (McGregor Trophy) & Nations Cup

Presented in 1982 by Mr and Mrs M. McGregor

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

Conditions of Competition

1. The Championship

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

b) It shall be played by 72 holes of stroke play over three days, 18 holes being played on each of the first two days. After 36 holes the leading 40 competitors and all those tying for 40th place shall play a further 36 holes on the third 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) i.144 players shall play in the Championship.

ii. Ballot: If entries exceed 144, they shall be reduced to 144 by eliminating the higher handicaps by ballot or in such other way as the Championship Committee shall determine. Players eliminated by ballot will be kept on a reserve list. If such players are not subsequently offered a place or are unable to accept such an offer, entry fees will be returned.

e) Caddies are not permitted. Penalty for breach of Condition: Two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred. Maximum penalty per round: four strokes.

2. Entry Qualification

Entrants must be:

a) Under the age of 16 at 00:00 hours on 1st January of the year in which the Championship is to be played.

b) In possession of a competition “c” handicap not exceeding 4.4 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. Exemptions

              a) Irrespective of handicap, players who finished in the top 6 places in the previous year’s Reid Trophy.

               b) Irrespective of handicap, the leading 3 players from the current years Midland Under 16 Boys Open                          Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

4. Winner and Prizes

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

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

b) The Jean Case Memorial Salver will be awarded for the best gross score after 72 holes by a competitor under the age of 15 at 00.00 hours on 1st January of the year in which the Championship is played. In the event of a tie, those players shall be joint winners of the Salver and each shall receive a memento.

5. Exemption for the Carris Trophy

a) Irrespective of their handicaps, the leading 10 players shall be eligible to compete in the following years English Boys’ Under 18 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship for the Carris Trophy.

b) In the event of a tie for 10th place, qualification shall be decided in accordance with England Golf General Condition 15b (countback).

The Nations’ Cup
Presented in 2003 by Mr Roy Case (President 2008) in memory of Mrs Jean Case

Conditions of Competition 

1. Each Union/Federation/Association may enter a team or two teams of two or three boys who enter the McGregor Trophy.
2. Players in each team must be notified to the England Golf Championship Department before the closing date for the McGregor Trophy.
3. If a nominated player fails to gain entry to the McGregor Trophy e.g. because he is balloted out on handicap, he will not be able to compete for the Nations’ Cup.
4. At the discretion of the Championship Department, substitutions may be made, provided the replacement is a competitor in the McGregor Trophy.
5. The competition will be played over the first 36 holes of the McGregor Trophy and will be decided by the best aggregate two from three scores in each round.
6. In the event of a tie, the Cup will be shared.
7. If a player is disqualified during or after the first round, he may play in the second round and his second-round score shall count for the Nations’ Cup, but he is disqualified from the McGregor Trophy.
8. There is no entry fee for the Nations’ Cup.
9. Other Conditions of Competition shall be as in the English Boys’ Under 16 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.  

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