Competition Rules

Procedures and Conditions of Competitions for all Members

1) All competitions must be played in accordance with the R&A Rules of Golf and Sherborne Golf Club local rules in force at the time of the competition.

2) Members are not eligible to win any qualifying competition or enter knock out competitions unless they have a WHS Handicap Index (HI) but may enter a qualifying competition to complete a card towards gaining a Handicap Index (always check competition entry posters).

a) An initial Handicap Index is achieved by completing 54 holes, made up of any combination of 9 or 18 hole rounds (either qualifying competitions or pre-registered general play cards*) prior to the closing date for relevant competition. *See Handicap notice board or club website for details on submitting pre-registered general play cards.

3) All entrants must be fully paid up members of Sherborne Golf Club and

a) 5 day members may enter weekend competitions, if a green fee is paid.
b) Flexi members may play in all competitions if a green fee is paid (Flexi membership ends 28th February 2022).
c) FLEX members may not enter or play in knockout competitions, scratch competitions, or any competition where the winner's name will appear on the club honours boards. Neither may FLEX members represent the club in team or other competitions
d) PlayMoreGolf members may play in all competitions if the applicable number of points are paid.
e) As a condition of entry to all knockout competitions, players must have completed and submitted 54 holes of qualifying scores in the 12 months preceding the published closing date (any combination of 9 and 18 hole scores including casual rounds and competition strokeplay).

4) No member may enter a club competition after the published closing date.

5) In all men’s strokeplay and knockout competitions, no more than one junior player may enter and play in the same start time and no more than one player with a HI of above 28 may play in the same start time.

6) Providing there is no course ban in place, buggies and trolleys may be used in any club competition (unless prohibited by the Competition Rules).
If a trolley and/or buggy ban is in force at the start of the competition, then the ban will remain in force throughout the competition for that day.
Caddies may be used at any time, unless prohibited by the Competition Rules.

7) The following instances WILL NOT count as a qualifying round for handicap purposes:

a) Any competition where a qualifying course is not available for play in accordance with CONGU & WHS rules.

8) For both Stroke Play and Match Play competitions, in the case of a tie, the following procedure will apply:

a) In the event of a tie for first place in any STROKE PLAY scratch Competition; those tied will play a further three extra holes stroke play (14th, 15th & 18th) thereafter – sudden death down 14th, 15th, and 18th holes until a result.

b) In any other competition for first, second and third place; will be decided by a count back on the last 18 holes, then the last 9, 6, 3, 2 and 1 holes, in that order. If a tie still exists, count back will be as above, over the first 9 holes

c) In a match play competition, any match that is all square on completion of the final hole will continue on a sudden death basis starting at the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and so on until a result is achieved.

9) Any dispute regarding a competition is to be made in writing to the appropriate section committee as soon as possible, and no later than 3 days after the date of the competition

Stroke Play Competitions

Medals and Stablefords are stroke play competitions; they are scheduled to take place throughout the year.

Competition play will normally be in 3s.

Ladies England Golf Medal and Stableford competitions take place throughout the year.

Competitions will generally be split into handicap divisions. These will be specified dependent upon the format and structure of the competition.


1) Winning of any trophy will be dependent on rules & handicap restrictions of the competition (see notices).

2) Competition booking for men will generally be available 14 days prior to the date of the competition, and ladies 8 days prior, via the PSI Terminal in the foyer or the SGC Members Hub (SGC/HDID Website or Mobile Phone App), where details of the date, time, format and entry fee will appear.


Competitors must enter their name alongside the tee time they wish to book.
Unless otherwise stated, entry to the competition outside booked tee times is permitted.

Generally, the midweek Stableford competitions for men and seniors and the ladies’ weekend/alternate day competitions have no tee closure.

All booking parameters, above, may be subject to change if COVID restrictions are in place – see notice boards and notices/updates from the club to members.

3) Medal, Stableford and knockout competitions must always start from the 1st tee (unless otherwise stated on start sheet).

4) Entry fees for competitions are usually paid at sign in (either using a PSI terminal or Mobile Scoring App) and the fees (e.g. entry fees, sweeps & 2 spots) are deducted from the player’s competition purse. Occasionally fees will be taken on sign up/booking - see each competition notice which will show full conditions of entry and payment.

5) Prior to commencement of play, all competitors must sign in for the competition using either one of the PSI terminals or the Mobile Scoring App. Failure to sign in prior to commencement of play will result in the player having neither a score for the competition nor a score for handicap purposes. Please note the HDID App does not allow sign-in or score entry for team events (this may change in future). For team events, one player should sign in on a PSI terminal on behalf of the team.

6) Failure by any entrant to appear who has been allocated a tee time for a competition will result in the forfeiture of any entry fees and may result in the player being excluded from future competitions, at the discretion of the relevant competition organizing committee.

7) In accordance with Rule 3.3b of the Rules of Golf, players shall ensure that their correct Course Handicap is marked on the scorecard, ensure that their gross scores are correctly marked for each hole and the card is signed by both the player and marker. In addition, the Committee requests that the player also marks their name, the competition name and date on the scorecard.

Score cards must be correctly completed and returned with the scores entered into the computer terminal in the clubhouse foyer or mobile scoring app; the scorecard is to be deposited in the competition box or as directed.
Failure to enter scores in the computer or app may result in the player being excluded from future competitions.

8) Results of competitions and two spot sweeps will be posted on the notice boards, with details of the prizes awarded.

Knockout Competitions

1) Entry fees for knock out competitions MUST BE PAID by the due date which is generally the closing date for entries. A failure to pay the fee by the due date will result in NO ENTRY.

2) Once the draw has been made and published, any alterations to the draw sheet can only be made by a member of the Competition Committee.

3) Arranging Games
a) It is the responsibility of BOTH players/pairs to arrange a mutually convenient date for the match. Both players/pairs are responsible for offering their opponents at least 3 dates.

b) If one or other of the players/pairs has difficulty in arranging a mutually agreed date, the competition organiser must be contacted. If neither party has contacted the organiser and the play by date has passed, BOTH/ALL PLAYERS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

c) There will be no extensions to published dates/times, however the Section Competition Committee reserve the right to extend the published dates/ times for the competition as a whole if extenuating circumstance arise.

If you know that you cannot play in the subsequent round, you must, as a courtesy, concede the match. In the case of a semi-final or final, the Competition Committee will consider exceptional circumstances that affect the published play by dates.

Updated: 12 October 2021