ESGA Masters Team Championship & Cup – Competition Rules
ESGA Committee: During tournaments the ESGA Committee shall consist of at least two members, the President and the Secretary or their designated deputies, thus representing the Board of ESGA. At least one of them must be present and the other one reachable for consultation.
Championship Committee: The Championship Committee is an honorary committee, formed by at least four members: the President of ESGA, the President of the National Senior Golf Association of the organising country and the President(s) or their deputy(ies) of the Club(s), where the tournaments are being played. The Championship Committee watches over and shall strive for a good atmosphere during the event and ensures that the tournament is being played in the true spirit of the game. This Committee may give advice to anyone at any time.
Tournament Committee: The Tournament Committee is formed by the organising country and is responsible for the organisation of the tournament. As a Committee, its responsibility is defined in the Rules of Golf 33 and 34. The composition of the Tournament Committee is up to the organising country, but the Tournament Committee shall consist of at least a Tournament Director and a suitable number of referees on the golf courses, including a head referee. One ESGA Board Member to be designated as contact person for the Tournament Committee.
When needed, external expertise, including from ESGA, may be requested, but still under local responsibility and expense.
The ESGA Masters Team Championship and Cup is an annual tournament of the European Senior Golf Association (ESGA), open to amateur golfers of ESGA Members.
The tournament will take place in the countries of the Senior Golf Associations, rotation not being obligatory. The ESGA General Assembly is entitled to grant the organisation of this tournament to a particular Association during one or several years, its choice not being based on who applied first, but on criteria such as accessibility, general quality, economy, climate and other factors.
Every year the ESGA General Assembly will establish the location and the dates of the tournament at least two years in advance. The tournament includes the ESGA MASTERS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (gross), carrying the name “CHALLENGE IVAN MAURA”, and the ESGA MASTERS TEAM CUP (net), the “CHALLENGE ADRIAAN DE BRUIJN”. The hosting Senior Golf Association will organise both of them.
Two appropriate 18 hole golf courses must be available for the tournament for four days.
The language in force is English.
III Entry Requirements and Fees.
Article 1 - Teams
For the ESGA Masters Team Championship, ESGA members may enter one team of six players, with the exact individual handicap reserved to 20.0.
For the ESGA Masters Team Cup, ESGA members may enter one team of six players with the exact individual handicap reserved to 24.0 at the time of entry but limited to 20.0.
The handicap of winners may be verified.
Article 2 - Entries
Entry forms will be provided by the organising country via the ESGA website at least six months before the competition. Entries must submitted to the organising country by fax, email or via the hosting Association's website at the latest four months before the competition, while players’ names, handicaps, pairings and rankings must be announced ideally two weeks before the event and at the latest three days before the first day of the tournament. Subsequently, no substitutions are permitted.
Article 3 - Age
All players must be at least 70 years of age on the first day of the tournament. Every player must conform in all respects to the Rules of Amateur Status.
Article 4 - Handicap
Not later than at the Captains’ Meeting on the practice day the Captain of each team shall submit the up-to-date EGA exact handicaps of the players.
a. In a competition played in the EGA area, CONGU players playing handicap = CONGU player exact handicap + (Course Rating minus par), rounded.
b. In a competition played in the CONGU area, EGA players playing handicap = EGA player exact handicap x 124 divided by 113, rounded.
Article 5 - Fees
The entry fees shall be determined by the Member Association organising the tournament, in accordance with the ESGA Committee with one practice day to be granted before the Competition.
IV Format of the Competition
Article 6 - Format
The ESGA Masters Team Championship shall be played over 54 holes Strokeplay on three consecutive days, 18 holes per day, gross without handicap allowance. The ESGA Masters Team Cup will be played over 54 holes Stableford on three consecutive days, 18 holes per day, net with full handicap. In both competitions, each team will designate pairs, that will stay the same for the first two days.
The format will be:
4 Ball Better Ball on 1st and 2nd day
Singles on 3rd day
For the ESGA Masters Team Cup, handicaps will be adjusted according to EGA standards for 4BBB, i.e: 90% of playing handicap.
The Tournament Committee may, if necessary, modify the format of the competition, cancel or change the number of rounds fixed in these rules. It is recommended, in case the course is unplayable, to cancel the day and leave the rest of the scheduled programme unchanged.
The two best scores returned for the first two days and the four best scores returned for the third day will count. The team ranking will be based on the total of these scores.
Article 7 - Tie
In case of a tie after three rounds the winner shall be determined by the team total of the four scores returned for the third round, then the second round, then the first round. If there is still a tie, the best disregarded score of the last day will count, then the sixth score of the same day and so on for the second and first day. When a tie still exists, the winner will be determined by lot.
Article 8 - Rules
The ESGA Masters Championship & Cup will be played in accordance to the R&A Rules of Golf. In addition with the Local Rules and Conditions of Play of the hosting Clubs, as prepared by the Tournament Committee.
Article 9 - Advice
Caddies are permitted; in addition only the Team Captain, if he is not playing, can give advice to his team members on the course (Rule 8).
Article 10 - Balls and Clubs
Only balls and clubs conforming to the specifications set forth in Appendix II of the Rules of Golf shall be used.
Article 11 - Official Notice Board
Starting times, teams’ lists, Local Rules and Conditions of Play, changes in procedure etc. will be posted on the Official Notice Boards provided in the Golf Clubs and on the information boards in the hotels. Captains and players should be aware of information posted there. No other information shall be considered official.
Article 12 - Starting Times and Starting Order
The Tournament Committee shall take all related decisions, splitting teams among early and late starting times, but trying to maintain team spirit by grouping the players of the same team at close starting times and assuring equity in flight composition. Starting from two tees is recommended, when possible, to avoid early starts and late arrivals. On the final day leading teams will play together, arriving last at hole 18.
Article 13 - Captains’ Meeting
The Captains’ Meeting will take place at the end of the practice day. The Tournament Director, Head Referee and all Team Captains should attend. Local Rules, Conditions of Play and “Pace of Play Policy” (Rule 6-7) will be explained; questions from Captains will be answered. Location of the recording areas shall be indicated.
V Special Rules
Article 14 - Disqualification
Any team returning less than the scheduled scores in a round shall be excluded from the tournament results. A player disqualified for one day will be able to play the other round, unless otherwise decided by the Tournament Committee.
Article 15 - Failure to start - Starting Time
The starting time is the time stated on the starter list or the time that is called by the starter, depending on which is later. Rule 6-3 shall apply.
Article 16 - Buggies
Buggies are not permitted, unless explicitly approved by the ESGA Committee. Exception: if a medical attest, during the tournament, is given to a player who cannot continue playing, the Tournament Committee may grant such a player a buggy, if available. Buggies are also not allowed for Team Captains, whether playing or not
Article 17 - Mobile Phones
The active and passive use of mobile phones is prohibited on the course, except in case of emergency, so recognised by the Committee, or to request a referee. In case of repeated breaches, the Tournament Committee may invoke Rule 33-7 “Serious breach of Etiquette” and proceed according to Decision 33-7/8.
Article 18 -Distance-measuring Devices
Distance-measuring devices are permitted as specified by the R&A Rules and Decisions.
VI Trophies and Prizes
Article 19 - Team Prizes
The “CHALLENGE IVAN MAURA” is offered by the Association Sportive des Seniors Golfeurs de France, which retains ownership. The Cup will be engraved with the name of the country whose team is the winner of the ESGA Masters Team Championship.
The “CHALLENGE ADRIAAN DE BRUIJN” will be engraved with the name of the country whose team is the winner of ESGA Masters Team Cup.
The winning members will be responsible for the engraving and for returning both cups before the next competition.
Six prizes will be offered to each team finishing first, second and third in the ESGA Masters Team Championship and the ESGA Masters Team Cup.
Article 20 - Individual Prizes
Prizes will be awarded to the best gross (ESGA Masters Team Championship) and net (ESGA Masters Team Cup) scores of the Four Ball Better Ball; same for the Singles. In case of a tie, the matching card method of the last nine, then the last six, then the last three and the last hole shall be applied. If there still is a tie, the prize shall be awarded by lot.
As the friendly and sporting character of the tournament is an important goal of ESGA, participants should experience the tournament as most enjoyable, while playing and acting in the true spirit of the game.
The final results should be ready at the Closing/Prize-giving Ceremony to be presented and distributed to all Team Captains and to the ESGA webmaster.
Members of the Tournament Committee, referees and Captains should speak and understand the English language.
To avoid slow play:
the course length not to exceed 5800m, based on par 72
the length of a flat par 3 hole not to exceed 170m
flags to be reasonably placed
forecaddies to be provided, where necessary
the Captains to inform their players:
to be on the correct starting tee 15 minutes before the starting time
when searching for balls, to give priority without delay