Women's County Finals


THE ENGLISH WOMEN’S COUNTY FINALS

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. Players’ Eligibility
a) Each player must: be eligible to play in the current year’s Championship of the County for which she is selected for this Championship, and
i. be a member of an affiliated golf club in the County or born in the County and be a member of an affiliated club in any other English County, and
ii. not have played for another County in representative matches, including friendly matches, during the same calendar year as this Championship, or
iii. if she has moved into England from another country, be resident in England from January 1st of the year of the Championship.

b) Players moving from one County to another
i. Subject to the above Conditions for this Championship and, therefore, with the exception of this Championship, if there is agreement between the County from which the player is moving and the County to which the player is moving, the player may play for her “new” County with immediate effect.
ii. Disagreements/disputes. In case of doubt or in the absence of agreement over eligibility to play for a County in this Championship or in any other County representative match, a County, Counties or Group may seek a decision from the England Golf’s Championship Committee, whose decision shall be final. In regard to this Championship, the Championship Committee may, of its own volition, make a final decision on eligibility.

2. County Match Week
Six Doris Abraham Trophies to be held for 1 year by the six Counties qualifying for the County Finals.
(a) The order of play between the Counties shall be decided by a draw for which arrangements shall be made by the Regional Committee. Where there are only five Counties the Regional Committee shall establish a rota.

(b) The venue for County Match week shall be decided by the respective Regional Committees.

(c) A County Team shall consist of not more than twelve players and must be nominated at least 14 days before the first day of County Match Week. Should any of these nominated players be incapacitated by illness, accident or other unavoidable occurrence, another player not previously nominated may be substituted up to the time fixed for the first match of the tournament.

(d) The format for each match shall be 3 foursomes and 6 singles.

(e) The order of play in the foursomes for each day's play must be received by the Organiser no later than 45 minutes before the teams concerned are due to start in the morning. Failure to submit the order of play for the foursomes by the required deadline will result in the pairings and order of play being taken from the squad list of players in alphabetical order. The order of play for the singles shall be handed in not less than 30 minutes before they are due to start, or as soon as possible after the conclusion of the last foursome. Failure to submit the order of play for the singles by the required deadline will result in the players named playing in alphabetical order.

In addition to the above, should any of the above players be incapacitated on the day of the match by illness, accident or other unavoidable occurrence, another of the named players from the squad list may be substituted up to the time the player is due to start from the first tee in the morning or in the afternoon. In the foursomes or the singles the substitute shall take the place of the player she replaces. A player who has been substituted in the morning may compete that afternoon.

3. Method of Scoring
i. Match Points: Winning County 2 match points
Halved match 1 match point for each County Losing County 0 match points
ii. Game Points (each game in each match):
Winning County 1 game point Halved game ½ game point for each County Losing County 0 game points
iii. The winning County shall be the County with the highest number of match points. In the event of a tie on match points, the result will be determined by total game points won. If still tied, the result will be determined by the result of the match between the tied Counties. Should there still not be a clear winner, the winner shall be drawn by lot.

4. Results. The result of each Match must be sent to the Director of Championships of England Golf as soon as possible. The winners in each Region shall qualify to play in the County Finals.

5. Time Limit. All Matches must be finished by 31st July each year. All disputes shall be referred to England Golf through the Regional Committee.

6. The Championship Finals
The Lady Katherine Cairns Challenge Cup, presented by Somerset LCGA, will be held by the Home club of the Captain of the winning team.

The County Finals shall be played in each of the six Regions in turn.

(a) The Winning County from each of the six Regions shall play in the County Finals, which will be in the form of an All against All Tournament; the winner to be the Champion County.

(b) The order of play between the Counties shall be decided by a draw to be made by the Championship Committee at their meeting in March/April each year.

(c)The County representing each Group shall enter a provisional team of not more than 12 players. A list of those players must be notified to the Championship Department 14 days before the Championship. The order in which the names are submitted is not of any significance at this stage. The final list of players from which players will be selected must be submitted by the conclusion of the Team Captains meeting on the day proceeding the first days play.

(d) The order of play in the foursomes for each day's play must be received by the Organiser no later than 45 minutes before the teams concerned are due to start in the morning. Failure to submit the order of play for the foursomes by the required deadline will result in the pairings and order of play being taken from the squad list of players in alphabetical order. The order of play for the singles shall be handed in not less than 30 minutes before they are due to start, or as soon as possible after the conclusion of the last foursome. Failure to submit the order of play for the singles by the required deadline will result in the players named playing in alphabetical order.
Should any of the above players be incapacitated on the day of the match by illness, accident or other unavoidable occurrence, another of the named players from the squad list may be substituted up to the time the player is due to start from the first tee in the morning or in the afternoon. In the foursomes or the singles the substitute shall take the place of the player she replaces. A player who has been substituted in the morning may compete that afternoon.

(f) Scoring. One point shall be scored for each individual win or walkover whether in foursomes or singles. Individual games all square after 18 holes shall score half a point.

(g) Points. Each County shall score two points for a win and one point for a match halved with another County. The team which has scored the most points is the winner.

(h) The winning County shall be the County with the highest number of match points. In the event of a tie on match points, the result will be determined by total game points won. If still tied, the result will be determined by the result of the match between the tied Counties. Should there still not be a clear winner, the title shall be shared.
(i) County Finals Draw: (and draw for County Match Meek involving Six Counties)
Day 1 A v E B v C F v D
Day 2 B v F E v C D v A
Day 3 C v D A v F B v E
Day 4 A v B E v D F v C
Day 5 F v E D v B C v A

7. Procedure if Course Unplayable – County Match Weeks and County Finals

If conditions prevail that may affect the scheduled format the Championship Committee are empowered to make necessary alterations in order to determine an equitable outcome. This may be, but is not restricted to the following:

a) If no play is possible in the morning, matches will be decided on the results of the afternoon singles.

b) If the course is declared unplayable during the morning, the foursomes results of completed games will stand. If play cannot be resumed to permit completion of unfinished games before lunch, the unfinished games will be declared halved and the singles will be played in the afternoon as usual.

c) If the singles cannot be played that afternoon all singles games will be declared halved games.

d) If play is abandoned on a day after completion of the foursomes and while the singles are in progress all singles results of completed games will stand and the state of the match in the unfinished games will determine the result.

e) If the first four days are lost through unplayable conditions the Inter County Match Week winners and County Finals winners will be decided by one round of medal play. Six members of each team to play one round of 18 holes and the total aggregate score will determine the winner. If there is still a tie then a card count back of the sixth score on the best 9, 6, or 3 holes will decide the winner.

f) If during a County Week no play is possible on the Final day the results of the matches played on the previous days will determine the winner.

g) If a day(s) play is lost, other than the first four days (see condition 4e), if two or more Counties tie for the Championship the tie will be decided on a countback of individual game points (including halved games). If still tied and the teams have played each other the result will be determined by the result of the match between the tied counties. Should there still not be a clear winner the title shall be shared.

County Match weeks involving only five counties
Resting
Day 1 A v B C v D E
Day 2 A v C B v E D
Day 3 A v E B v D C
Day 4 A v D C v E B
Day 5 B v C D v E A

If the last day is unfit for play - decision as follows:-

(i) If “A” has beaten all the other teams - “A” declared winners

(ii) If “A” has NOT beaten all other teams - omit “A”’s result on Day 4 leaving 3 results for each of the 5 teams from which to calculate the winner.

8. Winner and Prizes
The winning County will be responsible for the Trophy and the Champion County Pennant from the time they are presented until they are relinquished. That County will also ensure the Trophy, suitably engraved, is returned together with the Pennant to England Golf in readiness for the following year’s Championship.

 
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