Eden Tournament 2015

(established 1919)

Tournament Conditions

  1. The Tournament will be held on a scratch and handicap basis in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by R&A Rules Ltd. The Specimen conditions in the Rules of Golf are in effect as regards Driving Clubs, Conforming Golf Balls and Time of Starting.
  2. Entrants must be amateur as defined by the current Rules of Amateur Status.
  3. The Committee reserves the right to refuse any entry without assigning a reason.
  4. The competitor shall start at the time laid down by the Committee, who reserves the right to fix and / or alter starting times and to alter or amend any of the Conditions.
  5. Two qualifying rounds will be played, 18 holes on the Eden Course and 18 holes on the New Course.
  6. The 64 players with the lowest aggregate scratch scores will qualify to play for the Eden Trophy by scratch match play – see Tournament schedule below. In the event of a tie, the Eden Course score will count for all countback purposes in the first instance followed by the New Course score. Ties will be resolved on the best last 9 holes (or 6 or 3 or 2 or 1 hole) followed by the best front 9 holes (or 6 or 3 or 2 or 1 hole). In the event of a tie after countback for the last qualifying places, these will be decided by ballot.
  7. The 32 players with the lowest aggregate nett scores failing to qualify for the Eden Trophy will play for the Eden Tankard by handicap match play (full handicap allowance) – see Tournament schedule below. The draw for the Eden Tankard is made following that for the Eden Trophy. Any ties will be resolved on a nett basis as described in 6 above. In the event of a tie after countback for the last qualifying places, these will be decided by ballot.
  8. In the event of play being delayed, any changes to the format of the Tournament will be at the discretion of the Committee.  If it is deemed that 36 holes qualifying cannot be achieved, it may become necessary to reduce this to 18 holes, whereby the leading 32 players from both the Eden and New Courses will qualify (as detailed in no 6) to play for the Eden Trophy; similarly, the leading 16 players from both courses will qualify (as detailed in no 7) to play for the Eden Tankard.  In the event of a tie for the qualifying places, these will be resolved on the best last 9 holes (or 6 or 3 or 2 or 1 hole) followed by the best front 9 holes (or 6 or 3 or 2 or 1 hole).  In the event of a tie after countback for the last qualifying places, these will be decided by ballot.   
  9. Each match in the Eden Trophy and the Eden Tankard will consist of one round. In the event of a halved match, competitors will continue to play until one competitor gains a hole, thus winning the match.
  10. A handicap stableford competition will be played on the Jubilee Course on Thursday for competitors who did not qualify for the Eden Trophy or the Eden Tankard. Any player scratching from the match play stages of the Eden Trophy or the Eden Tankard or losing in the 1st / 2nd round is not eligible to play in this competition.
  11. A medal competition, scratch (Murray Mitchell Cup) and handicap, will be played on the Strathtyrum Course on Friday for all competitors.
  12. Subject to prior approval from the Committee, the use of buggies will be allowed in the Tournament and may be taken on the New, Eden, Jubilee and Strathtyrum Courses by golfers with a medical certificate. A maximum of two buggies are available for hire on each course. They may be reserved when booking a practice round – date to be confirmed. The hire fee is £25 per round. All buggies are subject to availability and suitable ground conditions.
  13. The Committee’s decision in all disputes is final.

 

Entry Conditions

  1. Entries will only be considered from players with a handicap of 15.4 or under, as determined by the current CONGU handicapping scheme or equivalent.
  2. Entries are limited to 240 competitors. The first 120 competitors will be automatically accepted, provided they meet the tournament and entry conditions. The remaining 120 competitors will be decided, firstly, by exact handicap and, secondly, by date and time of entry received. The exact handicap at time of entry will be used for this purpose and no change in handicap will be accepted, even if prior to the closing date.
  3. All previous Eden Trophy (scratch) winners will gain automatic entry (provided they meet the tournament and entry conditions).
  4. All entries will be submitted using the online entry procedures.
  5. Entries will open from 13:00 GMT on Tuesday 4 February 2014.
  6. Entrants must be an active member of a recognised Golf Club and must present a current handicap certificate, verified by their Club or Handicap Secretary: either enter your CDH number (for entrants from Scotland, England or Wales), attach your current certificate at the time of entry (file format: gif/jpg/doc/pdf) or email / post a certificate within 4 days of submitting an entry.
  7. Prior to submitting the online entry form, it will be necessary to complete a ‘captcha’ (a simple mathematical question) at the bottom of the entry form.
  8. An up-to-date handicap certificate, or your CDH number, must also be shown to the Committee at registration. The handicap declared at registration will be the handicap used throughout the week.
  9. The closing date for receipt of entries is Monday 17 February 2014.
  10. If the number of entries exceeds the maximum number of 240 places, a list of reserves will be prepared according to, firstly, exact handicap and, secondly, date and time of entry received. Any vacancies as a result of competitors withdrawing after the closing date will be filled from the list of reserves. This reserve list will be published on the website and regularly updated.
  11. The entry fee is £120 and includes all competitions, subject to eligibility by players, and practice rounds. A commemorative gift and a BBQ on Tuesday 12 August are also included in the entry fee.
  12. After the closing date and when your successful entry has been confirmed, you will be requested to pay the entry fee of £120 – payment details will be confirmed to you by email with full payment required by Friday 21 March 2014. Failure to pay the entry fee by the required date will result in your name being withdrawn from the tournament.
  13. If you notify us of your subsequent withdrawal by Friday 4 July, you will receive a 50% refund of your entry fee. If you withdraw after Friday 4 July, you will not receive a refund.

 

Tournament Schedule

all play is from the medal tees

Sunday 10 August
Official Practice Day: A courtesy practice round is available for competitors only on both the New and Eden Courses. Practice rounds will be played in 4-balls. The date for reserving practice rounds will be confirmed at a later date.

Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 August
Qualifying Rounds: These will take place over the New and Eden Courses with competitors playing one round on each course.

Wednesday 13 August
Eden Trophy
Eden Course - Round 1 - 64 players
Eden Course - Round 2 - 32 players

Eden Tankard
Eden Course - Round 1 – 32 players

Thursday 14 August
Eden Trophy
Eden Course - Round 3 – 16 players
Eden Course - Round 4 – 8 players

Eden Tankard
Eden Course - Round 2 – 16 players
Eden Course - Round 3 – 8 players

Consolation event
Jubilee Course –  handicap stableford competition (non-qualifiers only)

Friday 15 August
Eden Trophy
Eden Course - Round 5 – semi finals
Eden Course - Round 6 – final

Eden Tankard
Eden Course - Round 4 – semi finals
Eden Course - Round 5 – final

Consolation event
Strathtyrum Course – medal competition, scratch and handicap

 

Prize-giving: After close of play at approx 5.00 pm.

 

Trophies and Prize money

Trophies are retained by the Links Management Committee

Qualifying rounds: (The Cup will be awarded to the winner. However, a competitor may not win a voucher for both the scratch and handicap events. The lower value voucher will be awarded to the next competitor in the relevant category.)

Victory Cup – lowest scratch score over both courses, presented by Colonel Bethune - Prize voucher £100 Second lowest scratch score over both courses - Prize voucher £60

Duke of York Cup – lowest nett score over both courses - Prize voucher £60 Second lowest nett score over both courses - Prize voucher £40

 

Match play rounds:

Eden Trophy (scratch) – presented for annual competition by the former Town Council of St Andrews
Winner - Prize voucher £400
Runner-up - Prize voucher £250
Losing semi-finalists - Prize voucher £150
Losing quarter-finalists - Prize voucher £80

Eden Tankard (handicap) – presented for annual competition by St Andrews Links Trust
Winner - Prize voucher £200
Runner-up - Prize voucher £120
Losing semi-finalists - Prize voucher £75

 

Consolation rounds: (The Cup will be awarded to the winner. However, a competitor, who wins a voucher in the qualifying rounds and / or the match play rounds, may not win a voucher in the consolation rounds. A competitor may only win one voucher in the consolation rounds. The lower value voucher will be awarded to the next competitor in the relevant category.)

Handicap stableford competition
Winner - Prize voucher £60
Runner-up - Prize voucher £40

Medal competition - Murray Mitchell Cup – scratch winner; scratch and handicap prizes
Winners - Prize voucher £60
Runners-up - Prize voucher £40