Munster Golf update Handicap Committee Advice

Munster Golf LogoMunster Golf have just released an updated list of key points for club handicap committees.  The initiative follows a commitment made at the Annual Delegates Meeting to continue the efforts to stamp out handicap cheating.

The eight page document includes a very important piece on the mandatory reporting of all golf scores – including non qualifying events.  There is a feeling that not all golfers of club officials realise the obligations that are already in place regarding the reporting of scores.  The document also contains important references to the Rules of Golf and the CONGU rulebook which should help to educate and empower Handicap Secretary’s, Competition Secretary’s and everyone involved with competitions at club level.

Reporting Scores – Mandatory – Home or Away – All forms of Golf
(b) Non Qualifying Scores. – 4 Balls/ Scrambles/Classics/Societies – Relevant clauses are at (4.5(b), pg 19), (8.10 + 8.12, pg 24), (23.7 IrelandNote- pg 51) Direction from Union to report NQ Scores for immediate consideration/action for General Play Adjustment (Except Category 1 players). NB: In Ireland Players and Clubs must report Non Qualifying scores to Home Clubs: See 8.12 GP Adjustment based on Nett Diff, with Clause 19 adjustment if necessary, and SSS. This is a GPA and can not take effect until the player is notified personally agreed method, 23.5) Players who fail to comply with their obligations or responsibilities may be dealt with under Clause 24.1 pg 55 All other forms of Golf are for consideration as notable using the guidelines as set out in Appendix M at Page 86

Full text of Munster Golf’s Key Points for Handicap Committees:


R & A Rule Change

For Immediate Publication


The R&A and the USGA announced the introduction of a new Local Rule that eliminates the penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the putting green.  The Local Rule will be available for any committee in charge of a competition to use starting 1 January 2017. It will be adopted by The R&A and the USGA in all of their championships, qualifying competitions and international matches.

David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A, said, “For the past several years, as part of The R&A and USGA’s Rules Modernisation initiative, we have considered the penalty for a ball Continue reading

Munster Branch Rules Roadshow

Rules Roadshow 2015

The Munster Branch Rules Roadshow will be available again in 2015 to visit clubs commencing on the 2nd week of January 2015.

Preferred nights are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and the presentation lasts for approx 2 hours.  All club members (GUI & ILGU) are welcome to attend these sessions.  Early booking is essential as the show has been extremely popular with clubs over the past two years.  Space is needed to lay out the floor show with room for participants seated around the show.

Contact:  Barry Lynch :: 086-8101837 ::

or through the Munster Branch office in Mallow

The presentation is complimentary on behalf of the Munster Branch

R&A Level 2 Rules School Announced

R&A, GUI and ILGU announce Level 2 Rules School to be held in October 2014
The Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI), the Irish Ladies’ Golf Union (ILGU) and The R&A are delighted to announce that for the first time, a joint GUI/ILGU/R&A Level 2 Rules School will be run in Ireland on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October 2014.  The School will be facilitated by experienced and qualified instructors from The R&A, GUI, and ILGU. Continue reading