Competition Rules

1. Matchplay League Rules

MEMBERSHIP: The League shall comprise of Men’s Teams representing Alnmouth, Alnmouth Village, Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Berwick Goswick, Burgham Park, Dunstanburgh Castle (A&B teams), Linden Hall, Longhirst Hall, Magdalene Fields (A&B teams), Percy Wood, Rothbury, Seahouses, Warkworth, and Wooler Golf Clubs.
Teams representing other Golf Clubs in North Northumberland may be admitted to membership by a majority vote at a general meeting of The League.

STRUCTURE: The League will consist of three divisions. In all divisions teams will compete against each other on a home and away basis on a schedule issued by The Secretary.
MATCHES: Each team shall consist of six players who must be members of the club they represent.
No player shall represent more than one team in any season. Players will be paired in order of playing handicap, matches may go off in any order and start at any tee by arrangement with the team captains. All matches shall be played off scratch according to the rules of golf and local rules of the home club.
ARRANGEMENTS: Prior to the match commencing, Team Captains or their Deputies must exchange team sheets showing player’s names and current playing handicaps set out in playing order. Matches to commence at 6-00pm, or earlier by agreement of both team captain’s or their deputies. The last match must be ready for play by 6-30pm. In the event of a last minute substitution, the substitute player must be paired according to the handicaps of the players in the matches not yet started. Should a team fail to field six players it will forfeit two points for each player short. Should a team fail to field four players for a match they will be withdrawn from the league and all points won and lost by that team for the season will be null and void. Should a team in the 1st or 2nd division default in this way they will be automatically demoted at the end of the season, if in the 3rd divisionthe team will have to reapply for membership before the next season.
The Captain of the home team is responsible for notifying The Secretary in writing ( by post, fax or e mail ) of the result of a match within three days of the match being played.
A winning player will score two points for his team while a halved match will earn one point for each team.
POSTPONEMENTS: Adverse weather or course closure on the day of a match, are the only reasons for the abandonment or postponement of a match. In either case both team captain’s or their deputies must agree to the action and the whole match must be played before the following Wednesday. Should, for any reason, the Captains fail to agree upon a date, The Secretary or if unavailable, The Chairman of The League will adjudicate.
CHAMPIONS/PROMOTION/RELEGATION: At the end of the season the team with the most points in the first division will be The North Northumberland League Champions.There will be promotion and demotion between the divisions on a two up and two down annual basis.Should teams be tied on points, promotion and relegation will be decided by the head to head scores between the teams during the season. Should this still result in a tie, a playoff match or matches at a neutral venue will decide positions. If teams are tied on points to win the league or other divisions, play off matches at neutral venues will decide the winners.
DISPUTES: Any disputes regarding the interpretation of these rules, or the playing of league matches, if not covered in the rules of golf, will be adjudicated upon by the Executive Committee of The League, who’s decision shall be final.