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Middlesex Golf

2021 Men's Gowland Salver Rules

MIDDLESEX GOLF MEN’S Singles Match Play Championship (George Gowland Salver)
22.1 Qualifications
i) Entrants must be male and hold a handicap of 12.4 or lower on the date that their entry for
the event is submitted. Players with handicaps greater than the limit may not enter.
22.2 Maximum Entry
i) The maximum number of players is 64. If the number of approved entries exceeds the
number of places available, Part I – General Rules Applying to All Competitions, Section 5 will
apply.
ii) The top 3 men from the preceding year’s Men’s Order of Merit will be automatically entered
into the second round.
22.3 Format
i) The Championship is a singles knockout 18-hole match play competition played off scratch.
The order of the draw will be determined by lot drawn by the County Operations Manager in
the presence of at least one other member of the Tournament Committee or member of the
Executive Committee. The first player drawn in any pair will be the top-named player on the
draw sheet and will be considered to be the “Home Player”. The player drawn as his
opponent will be the bottom-named player on the draw sheet and will be considered to be
the “Away Player”.
ii) All matches are to be played on neutral courses selected by the County Operations Manager.
iii) It is the responsibility of the player drawn first in each round to establish contact with the
host club to establish availability of dates.
iv) In the event of a match being all square after 18 holes, extra holes will be played in
accordance with Part II – Terms of Play Applying to All Competitions, Term 15.1.
v) Each match will start at or before 3:00pm on the date specified as the Closing Date for the
round unless an earlier date has been mutually arranged between the two players.
vi) The result of each match must be reported to the County Operations Manager as soon as
possible after the completion of the match no later than noon on the Monday after the
closing date. Otherwise, both players will be disqualified.
vii) The semi-finals and final match must be played on the same day and will be played on a
course selected by the Tournament Committee which will whenever possible be a neutral
course. In addition, the semi-finals and final match will be played on a date and at a time
determined by the Tournament Committee that is mutually acceptable to the four players.
viii) The Tournament Committee will endeavour to appoint referees for the semi-final and final.
ix) Following any match other than the semi-finals and final, any claim under Rule 20.1b(2) of
the Rules of Golf must be reported on the day to the County Operations Manager, or if he or
she is not available, to the Chief Rules Official or to a member of the Tournament Panel of
Rules Officials for a ruling.
22.4 Order of play
The “Away Player” will have the honour on the first teeing ground. For the semi-final and
final matches, the order of play will be decided by lot.
22.5 Prizes and Vouchers
i) The winner will be presented with the George Gowland Salver and he will also receive a
memento to retain and a voucher.
ii) The runner-up will receive a memento and a voucher.
iii) The two losing semi-finalists will each receive a voucher.
Note: Any player reaching the last 16 or better will be awarded order of merit points.

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