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Formby

14/06/18

Welcome to the Mizuno Golf Pairs Tour.

We are looking to keep connected before during and after the event and the best way to do this is through our FACEBOOK GROUP which you can find by searching Mizuno Golf Pairs Forum on Facebook.

We will  be on there regularly posting ahead of events, you can arrange to meet for a beer before after or during events with fellow competitors, or we even think it could be a good place to get a bit of friendly golf going outside the main events.

Our aim at MGPT is to run inclusive, friendly, competitive golf events at some of the best and most memorable golf courses in the UK and beyond.  We release our schedule on golfpairs.com, and our plan is to keep our competitions fresh by booking different courses.

 

Your day is being run and managed by our Events Manager Kelly Tidy, and powered by our partners at Golf Genius.  Any issues please contact Kelly directly who will be delighted to help out.

 

We hope you enjoy the golf, tell your friends, and come and join us later in the year.    We have a few events which still have space including 2 famous Ryder Cup Courses; The Belfry Brabazon on 24th July and Celtic Manor 2010 Course on 15th August.  

If you ask Kelly nicely she might have a little voucher for you to use for those!

Enjoy!

Ross and Sam

Directors - Mizuno Golf Pairs Tour

Club:  Formby GC

Address: Golf Rd, Formby, Liverpool, L37 1LQ

Competition Registration: GPT Desk centrally located in the main clubhouse

All competitors must register for the competition one hour before their tee time. The MGPT desk will be situated in the main clubhouse and will be clearly marked out.

Competition registration involves checking your personal details, handicap, email address, home address against our records.  We need to ensure we have email addresses for all golfers as that’s how we will communicate with you. You will then be given your golf balls.

Live Scoring

One member of every pair should ensure they have downloaded the Golf genius app on their phone. Ideally both will have it for ease purposes and notifications.

Live scoring formally replaces the marking of cards in our events.

A Backup Card must be maintained by each pair and submitted on completing of the round marked by your playing partners in case of technical failure.  

Backup Cards should be checked, signed and submitted, but live scoring takes precedence under our competition rules so please ensure that both teams check the scores entered against these cards at the end of the round.

Handicap Certificates

All golfers must bring an active handicap certificate, either paper or electronic format to the competition.

 

All prize winners will have certificates checked upon registration.  Since we are a friendly golf competition, those who fail to bring their certificate will NOT be disqualified, but you will be disbarred from winning any prizes.

 

For the avoidance of doubt, it is only the golfer who fails to bring a certificate who will be excluded.  If a single golfer returns enough points to win a prize, it WILL be awarded.

 

Golf Format

We are playing from the Club recommended tees at all courses.  At Formby with the weather conditions expected this will be YELLOW TEES.

Ladies play off red tees and are given the course shot allowance for mixed competitions if there is such an allowance.

 

We are playing stableford four-ball better ball format off 9/10 of your official handicap, and as in any stroke play competition scoring putts must be holed. Equally if you can not score you must pick up.

 

Any changes to your handicap from published should be mentioned on registration so this can be amended on the live scoring system.

 

Prizes

There are prizes for 1-5 placings, nearest pins and longest drive.  The winner will be coming to Bearwood Lakes in October to compete for the overall MGPT championship.

Prizes are set out on our website.

Prizes must be collected on the day - if you are in prize position please stay to collect your prize.  Any prizes not collected on the day will be labelled and left in the golf club.  It’s then the prize winner’s responsibility to collect, or arrange delivery with the golf club.  The golfer is likely to have to bear this cost unless the golf club is feeling generous, please be aware.

Live Scoring

One golfer per group takes responsibility for completing scores on Golf Genius but it’s the accountability of both teams to ensure that the card and the system align.

Please sign and submit your backup card immediately upon finishing your round and place on the GPT desk to ensure that scores are updated promptly.

It is important that you submit your card immediately upon completion of your round.

 

Pace of Play

Slow play is a curse of amateur golf, and very few amateur golfers take accountability for doing anything about it.

We have adopted a Pace of Play Policy for all 2018 events.

Key elements of this policy include

Warnings and penalties will be applied for failure to keep pace on the course.

Since the whole group is likely to be penalized, if you have a slow player or someone who takes a long time searching for a ball, please ensure that you are self-monitoring this and don’t wait for a marshall to enforce.

Friendly Competitive Golf

Our ethos at MGPT revolves around serious golf played in a friendly fun spirit.  We apply all rules of golf rigorously, but we are not playing for money and want everyone to have fun, so please bear this in mind - we are all here to have fun both on and off the course.

2s Pot

We are running a twos pot at the event - if you wish to enter the cost is £2.50 per golfer which will be taken at the registration desk - prizes of MGPT vouchers will be emailed out in the days after the events.

Competition Rules

 

Format

Participants will compete in better ball pairs stroke play competition off 9/10 handicap.  Play will be governed by R&A rules of golf, any local course rules and these competition rules.  For the avoidance of doubt in accordance with Rule 3 a competitor must hole out unless there is no score possible.

Starting Time

Competitors will play as 4 balls with the better stableford score from each pair counting on each hole.  Tee times have been advised by email and are available at https://golfpairs.com/ - competitors should be aware that registration takes place 60 mins before the tee time.  Failure to tee off at the stipulated time will result in shot penalties until 10 mins after the allotted tee and then disqualification will result from the day’s play.

Failure to Attend

No refunds are provided for anyone failing to attend for whatever reason, in accordance with our terms listed on https://golfpairs.com

Keeping a Scorecard

Scorecards are kept as a backup in case of technical faults - Scoring in Four-Ball Stroke Play.  Exchange scorecards with the other players in your group.

Gross score must be recorded for each player who holes out on a particular hole.

 

Equipment

All equipment used during the event must be R&A conforming. It is the player’s responsibility to determine conformity. Any player using non-conforming equipment will be subject to disqualification. Electronic Measuring Devices will be allowed during play, as long they measure distance only, the must not factor slope. This does not apply to mobile phones although some of our clubs will not permit them.

 

Handicaps

It is the player’s responsibility to accurately inform the organizers and the pro of their current playing handicap before start of play.  This handicap will be marked on the official cards and used for the duration of the competition.  Handicaps will be checked, and any discrepancy found will result in the golfer in question being ineligible to win any prizes.

Caddies

Caddies are permitted and must be announced at registration.  If you would like a local caddy please contact the club directly.

Golf Carts

We permit the use of golf carts for medical reasons only.  Please request our permission in advance of the event, and arrange the cart directly with the host golf club.

Ties

In the event of a tie, standard countback rules will apply.

Spectators

Spectator allowance is determined by each host golf course. Spectators may not interfere with play, give advice or caddy for the participants. Spectators must remain on or near cart paths. Any participant accepting advice from a spectator will be disqualified.

 

Inclement Weather

Bad weather is not of itself a good reason for discontinuing play. However, a player may discontinue play if he/she believes there is danger from lightning.

 

The delaying or cancellation of a round will be determined by the host facility. In the event of a round cancellation, the overall standings will be decided using the completed rounds. No refunds will be made if the tournament is canceled or shortened due to weather, nature or similar act.

We will work with the host facility to obtain permits to play the course on another occasion.

Dress Code and Player Conduct

Collared shirt/mock necks are required on each golf course.  No jeans, denims, jogging outfits or sweat pants are permitted on any golf course, however clubhouse attire is relaxed.  Swearing, vulgar language, club throwing, alcohol abuse, lack of etiquette may result in disqualification.

Rules Committee

In the event of any dispute related to the rules - the Rules Committee (Kelly Tidy, Ross Forno, Sam Maylott) will make a final decision.  Any disputes on the course should be addressed by playing 2 balls, and the Rules Committee will make the decision as to which applies in the club house.

 

Pace of Play

We are keen to ensure that play moves at a reasonable pace.  Please bear this in mind throughout your round.  Remember the 3 minute rule when searching for a lost ball, and our adoption of Ready Golf and Leave the Flagstick in the Hole test rules.  Play provisional balls whenever their is an element of doubt as to whether your ball is lost.  Keep up with the group in front - if you lose a hole then let the group behind you through - they may be able to keep up.  And above all, if you are not scoring, then please pick your ball up.