County Members Association FAQs
HOW DO WE ENTER A COMPETITION?
The Y.U.G.C. Handbook contains entry forms for all the Members meetings that year, and forms for the first two meetings of the following year. Complete the form, and send it, to reach the Secretary no later than the closing date shown on the form, together with a cheque for the entry fee [which should be dated for the closing date shown on the form], and an S.A.E. If you wish to be notified of your tee time allocation by email, include your email address on the form – an SAE will not then be required.
CAN WE SEND IN MORE THAN ONE ENTRY AT A TIME?
Yes, you can send in as many entries as you like, in one envelope, addressed to the Secretary, PROVIDED that each entry form is accompanied by a cheque and an S.A.E. or an email address.
WHY DO WE HAVE TO SEND A CHEQUE FOR EACH ENTRY?
If you send several entries but only one cheque, and one entry is balloted out, it is not possible for the Secretary to send part of a cheque back. In addition, no cheques are presented to the bank until after the event – if the event has to be cancelled, cheques are either returned, or destroyed; neither option is possible when the cheque is for more than one event.
WHAT DATE SHOULD WE PUT ON THE CHEQUE?
As cheques are not presented until after the event, they could be declined by the bank if they are sent in very early, with the (then) date on them – they should therefore be dated with the closing date for entries for that event, as shown on the entry form.
WHY DO WE HAVE TO SEND AN S.A.E. FOR EACH ENTRY?
The draws for each event are not usually done at the same time – retaining a time allocation slip until the next draw might result in an event being missed. It also makes the Secretary’s work in issuing the time allocation slips more complicated.
Now that we are also issuing start times by email as well as by post, if you are quite happy to receive your start time by email only, then you do not need to provide an SAE. However, please ensure that we have your latest email address.
WHAT HAPPENS IF OUR APPLICATION IS NOT CORRECT?
The Secretary will return it to you as soon as it is received, with a note advising you what is wrong with the entry.
WHEN WILL WE KNOW IF WE HAVE GOT A TIME FOR AN EVENT?
No times are allocated until after the closing date – if there are too many entries at that time, a ballot will be held. Pairs unsuccessful in the ballot will have their entry & cheque returned, whilst those who are successful will receive a slip notifying them of the start time which they have been given, either by post or by email.
CAN WE APPLY TO PLAY AS A FOURBALL?
We try not to allocate the same tee time to members of the same Club, although the Secretary will try to allocate adjacent tee times when requested.
CAN TWO MEMBERS APPLY TO PLAY AS A PAIR IN THE INVITATION EVENT?
Yes, you may apply as a pair; however, the Invitation meeting is often over-subscribed, and when that happens, the first pairs to be balloted out are those with two County members named. Consequently, such pairs do not always get allocated times in this event.
WHAT HAPPENS IF ONE OF US CAN’T PLAY IN THE EVENT?
It is acceptable for a substitute (or substitutes), who is/are County members, to play in place of one, or even both, of the players. Alternatively, a player may bring someone who is eligible to become a County member, and they can join on the day – it simplifies matters if such a player actually submits an application to join prior to the event.
If no substitute can be found, the player MUST still attend, as they are required to act as marker for the other pair scheduled to play at that time.
In either of these scenarios, the Secretary must be notified as early as possible.
CAN I USE A MOTORISED GOLF CART (BUGGY)?
The rules for the use of Buggies is as follows:
“In County Championships and County Members’ Meetings, subject to the agreement of the Host Club and following prior production of a medical certificate of disability, a motorised golf cart for the exclusive use only of the person named on the certificate will be permitted. The penalty for breach of Rule 27 (a) and (f) is disqualification”.