The competitions are in age groups which you will fit into.
There is no minimum age
There is no need for any handicap or club membership to play in the flag events. The age groups in flag events are Boys Under 8, under 10, Under 12, Under 15 and for Girls Under 10 and Under 14 and Under 18
For the 9/18 hole short course stroke play events which are generally on the same time as the flag event each child must complete a flag course in 36 shots, at least once, to be considered. The age groups in this are for boys Under 10, Under 12 and Under 15 for girls it is Under 14 and Under 18
The Under 18 opens for boys and Under 18 Open events for girls, would require you to be a member of a club and have an official WHS handicap.
NO - There is no need for any handicap or club membership to play in the flag events or the Under 14 boys and girls short course stroke play events.
YES - If you wish to play in the Under 18 events for Boys and Girls
If you follow the procedure on the Events section of the website this will take you to the payment area when you book into a competition.
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The purpose of this document is to give a clear guideline as to the process the Foundation would be expecting each child to go through as they progress their own golf game.
The main objective as always will be for the children to have fun as they progress.
As each player reaches the stages set, they will be given a coloured wristband to show their progression.
1. Flag Events ( Under 15 Boys and Under 18 Girls)
All new entrants to the Foundation will take part within our Flag Event structure and rules (appendix 1); this will be over 9 holes varying in lengths from 60 yards to a maximum of 150 yards with a maximum of 36 shots, before flag is placed in the ground. Caddies are allowed for Under 10’s only, although we would encourage the children to carry their own bags. A parent/adult must accompany the child.
At every event we will try to have PGA Professionals who will give each child a short lesson before or after they have competed.
Medals will be giving to first 3 in each age group that is set for the day.
Depending on which hole you finish on, this will dictate on the banding you will receive. The goal for each child is to progress to the next band. The bandings are as follows:
- White: All first timers
- Red/White: 5th hole
- Red: 6th hole
- Yellow: 7th hole
- Yellow/Green: 8th hole
- Green: 9th hole
- Blue: Completed 9 holes in 36 shots or less.
When a child has completed the 9 holes, we will interview the parents and child to discuss the option of moving to the new 9/18 hole short course stroke play event, we will also discuss items regards coaching and membership options if possible regards local clubs, if not already a member of a golf club.
Events such as group coaching with our Professionals will be made available to all children who are or remain in this section.
2. 9/18 Hole Short CourseStroke Play Events (Under 18 Girls, Under 15 Boys, Under 12 Boys, Under 10 Boys, no minimum age)
Once a player has completed one flag event in 36 shots or less ( or a girls has a WHS handicap), he/she will have the option to progress into the 9/18 hole short course stroke play category.
This event is over 9/18 holes with length of holes, ideally playing from a measured course from the red tees.
This will be played under strict R and A golfing rules.
Caddies are only allowed in the Under 10 age group. Caddies though are not allowed on the greens. No caddies will be allowed for older children. If not caddying, no advice should be given to the child when playing, we would though still require a parent/adult to go round with the child but to watch at a distance of around 30yrds.
The children will be asked to mark and sign their own cards, but if possible we will also ask one of the adults to take note of the score the children are taking at each hole, which would be handed into the scoring desk at the end of play.
There will be medals for the first 3 players in each gender group.
Wrist Bandings in this group will be as follows (score in brackets is for 9 holes):
- Blue/white: Score 100 (50) or less
- Orange: Score 90 (45) or less
- Orange/white: Score 80 (40) or less
- Black: Won a Bronze or Silver Medal
- Black/ White: Won a Gold Medal
During these events we may have our Professionals watching the children play round. The Professionals will then individually discuss with child and parent items regards coaching and course management if applicable.
We will also discuss with children, parents and relevant golf associations when we believe it is time to for them to enter and take part in our Scratch and Handicap Under 18 and Under 15 Order of merit events for boys or Scratch and Handicap Under 18 Order of merit events for girls and have the option to move on to more in depth coaching.
3. "Open" Order of Merits, Under 18 for Boys, Under 18 for Girls
These events are for Boys and Girls who are members of golf clubs and have a WHS Handicap. Once a child has decided to compete at this level we will give them the option regards our online coaching system, which will help regards statistics on their individual game and will allow the Professionals to organise specific coaching and management of the child’s game.
In this category no caddies are allowed.
There will be a number of events for boys/girls to play in over the summer season.
In the order of merits, scratch and handicap, the top ten players in each section at end of the year will qualify for our “Race to Dunbar” Finals day at the end of the year.
Gold/Black; Qualifier for Finals day
Pink/White: Qualifier for Finals day
Throughout the boy/girls time with the Foundation we will monitor the child’s progress and will always be available for advice and guidance, do not hesitate to ask any questions you are unsure of.
At all times our Professionals will work with the children/parents and if appropriate their own coach/professional or Association to ensure the child can improve their game, but ultimately to have fun playing golf.
A parent or another adult (over 18), nominated by the parent, must supervise each child on the course. A supervisor does not require knowledge of the Rules of Golf but some knowledge would be helpful. The role is chiefly to keep player’s score and supervise their behaviour.
- There will be a boys’ section, Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 and Under 15 and a girls’ section Under 10, Under 14 and Under 18
- Competition shall run over 9 holes
- Each competitor shall have 36 shots only, and shall place their flag where their final shot came to rest. The winner in each category shall be the competitor whose ball is in, or is nearest, the hole after his or her 36th stroke. Should the resting position of a player’s 36th shot be indeterminable the flag will be placed at the point where the ball was last struck. Competitors then can carry on if they wish to complete the full 9 holes.
- Competitors should register 30 minutes before their tee time and be on the first tee 10 minutes before their tee time.
- The tournament will be played in accordance with the rules of Golf as approved by R&A Rules Limited, additional Flag rules as follow and in accordance with the Local Rules of the golf course.
- Caddies are allowed for Under 10 age group only unless special permission has been granted by the organisers.
- Please refrain from giving to much advice, if any, as this does slow play down and does not help your boy/girl progress
- All competitors will play from the same tees
- Not more than 10 strokes in total may be taken at any hole, including a maximum of 4 putts on any green. If a competitor reaches the maximum of strokes or putts for that hole they will record their score and progress to the next hole.
- After three failed attempts to play from a bunker, a competitor may throw his or her ball nearer the hole for no penalty, but only the three failed strokes will count.
- If a ball goes into a water hazard the ball should be dropped on the opposite side of the hazard, nearest the hole under penalty of one shot.
- Flags of other competitors that interfere with play may be marked, removed and replaced by the supervisor.
- On the completion of each hole, supervisors should agree the score with each of the other supervisors and players and record it on the score card.
- The organising Committee reserves the right to amend the conditions and the decision of the Committee will be final, in all matters.
Yes, we do not share information with anyone.
All competitors in the flag event and under 12 boys and Under 14 girls stroke play events need a responsible adult with them at all time.
Although we can be flexible with the older children in the Under 12 boys and Under 14 girls groups, there still must be at least one adult that goes round with the group to mark the scorecard
Parents may caddy for any child in the under age 10 sections for flag and stroke play.
All other age groups in our events caddies are not allowed and parents are asked to keep their distance from their child on the course and refrain from giving any advice.
Yes, these are allowed.