Scratch League Rules


At the beginning of each season any member belonging to more than one affiliated club may play for either club in the Scratch or Handicap League, but she must stay with that club for the year in that particular league.




Captains must exchange their completed team sheets on arrival at the club.




Teams will be made up of 6 players with a maximum Handicap Index of 18.0, and will play in pairs better ball format off scratch.  In 2022, there will be three divisions:  North, Central and South.




The lowest handicap player will play with the 4th lowest player, the 2nd will play with the 5th, and the 3rd will play with the 6th.  




Players may play for both the Scratch and Handicap League; this does not affect the rule of playing 8 times only, which only applies to the Handicap League.




If on the day, a team cannot field 6 players, players are missing or late, they must still play in the order above, as in Rule 3.  The game in which the player is missing, plays last against the original opponents, if necessary one player playing two players.  If the missing player arrives after her team member has teed off she can join in the match at the next or subsequent hole.  If both players have still not arrived 10 minutes after the rest of the team have teed off then the game is deemed forfeit and will be entered on the score sheet as a 10/8 loss.  This also applies if a player or pair is disqualified.  Rule 23.4 applies.




Matches to be played to a natural conclusion, i.e. 3&2 etc.




Only team Captains can call off the match whilst it is in progress, and should reschedule if there is opportunity to do so.  Individual pairings may not agree to an honourable half. In the event of the ill-health of a player during the match, the remaining player should continue the match or the pairing to concede the match.




Teams will play both home and away matches within the year; if possible, the home teams should offer at least one weekend date to the away team when arranging the matches.




Points will be awarded for each match as follows: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw.  In a conceded match winners will receive 2 points, the loser 0 points.  No count back of games or holes from the conceded match.




Home Club (The Captain) to be responsible for sending the results on official match sheets as soon as possible to the League Secretary:  Mrs. Polly Brettle, 4 Somerby Green, Somerby, Barnetby, N. Lincs. DN38 6EY.


Telephone Number:  01652 628225

E-Mail :


Do not send by photo.  A scanned document sent by email is preferred, or by post.




In order to determine the winner or in the event of a tie, when all matches have been played, the total points won determines the winner.  If a tie then a count back on individual matches won.  If there is still a tie, count back on holes won.  If there is still a tie a play-off on a neutral course will be arranged.




Matches to be played between 28th March and 14th August 2022.  Permission may be requested for a new date if matches have to be cancelled due to inclement weather.  In the event of a match being halted once started, teams should re-arrange.  If this is not possible a halved match will be awarded.




The winning club from the North, Central and South will play for the Women’s Scratch Champions, the format for this event is to be finalised.




Players must walk at all times, during league matches unless permitted to use a golf buggy by the League Secretary.  Permission will be given to those players having a current medical condition on the day of the relevant match, who have given prior notification to the League Secretary and the opposing Team Captain/Representative.  The Association will take each player on trust and will not enquire into the nature of any said medical condition, nor will it require evidence by way of a medical certificate as proof of such a condition.  The buggy shall be for the player and her equipment.  Hiring of the buggy shall be the sole responsibility of the player.  Players are expected to familiarise themselves with the Health and Safety Policies of the host club in so far as it relates to ride on buggies.

 16  Distance Measuring Devices may now be used in County matches




Any infringement of the League Rules may result in the loss of the match.




Any club wishing to enter or withdraw from the League for the following year must do so IN WRITING BY 31ST JULY 2022.




The League Sub Committee shall consist of the County Captain, County Vice-Captain, Immediate Past Captain, League Secretary, Secretary(Ex Officio) and a representative from each of the County Divisions currently serving on the Executive Committee