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St Andrews Junior Ladies' Open 2017

(established 1989)

Tournament Conditions

  • The Tournament shall be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by R&A Rules Ltd and in accordance with the Local Rules.
  • Entrants must be amateur as defined by the current Rules of Amateur Status.
  • The Tournament will be held on a scratch basis with handicap match play and handicap stableford consolation competitions open only to non-qualifiers for the scratch match play competition.
  • One qualifying round will be played on the Strathtyrum Course. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by the count-back system described below.
  • The 16 players with the lowest scratch scores will qualify to play for the Golf Monthly Trophy in scratch match play – see Tournament schedule.
  • The 8 players with the lowest nett scores failing to qualify for the Golf Monthly Trophy will play for the Girls’ Open Quaich in handicap match play (full handicap allowance) – see Tournament schedule.
  • In the event of a tie for the qualifying places above, these will be decided on the scores returned on the last 9 holes (or 6 or 3 or 2 or 1 hole), followed by the front 9 holes (or 6 or 3 or 2 or 1 hole) of the qualifying round. Any ties for the Girls' Open Quaich will be resolved on a nett basis. If still tied, the Committee will determine the qualifier(s) by some other means.
  • Each match 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.
  • A handicap stableford competition for the Links Trust Quaich, only open to non-qualifiers for the match play competitions, will be played on the Strathtyrum Course with full handicap allowance. In the event of a tie, the Quaich will be awarded on count-back, as explained above.
  • Caddies are NOT permitted during tournament play.
  • Distance-Measuring Devices: The Specimen Local Rule on pg 153 in the Rules of Golf will be in effect allowing the use of distance-measuring devices.
  • The Specimen conditions on pg 154 and 155 in the Rules of Golf will be in effect as regards Conforming Driver Heads and Conforming Golf Balls.
  • The Committee reserves the right to refuse any entry without assigning a reason.
  • 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.
  • The Committee’s decision in all disputes is final.


Entry Conditions

  • Entries will only be considered from players with a handicap of 28.4 or under, as determined by the current CONGU handicapping scheme or equivalent. A reduction in handicap prior to the closing date for entries should be confirmed to the Committee.
  • Entrants must be under 23 years of age on 1 January 2017. The Committee may request the production of a birth certificate of any competitor either before or during the Tournament.
  • The current holder of the Golf Monthly Trophy will gain automatic entry (within age restriction).
  • All entries will be submitted using the online entry procedures on the St Andrews Links website   (Entries open mid February 2017)  NB: Please note that full payment of the entry fee must be made at the time of entry.
  • Entrants must be an active member of a recognised Golf Club and must submit a handicap verified by their Club or Handicap Secretary: either enter your CDH number (for entrants from Scotland, England or Wales) or email / post within 5 days from date of entry. NB: Please note that handicap verification must be received by the closing date at the latest.
  • The closing date for receipt of entries is Monday 26 June 2017.
  • The entry fee is £30 and includes all competitions, subject to eligibility, and a practice round. A player's F&B voucher for Monday 31 July will also be included in the entry fee.
  • Entry fees will not be refunded unless intimation of withdrawal is received before the closing date or in the case of a player's unsuccessful entry.  The Committee will consider a full / partial refund if a supporting medical letter is received. 
  • If the number of entries exceeds the maximum number of places, as determined by the Committee, the entries will be decided firstly, by exact handicap and, secondly, by date and time of entry received. Any vacancies as a result of competitors withdrawing after the closing date will be filled from a list of reserves. This reserve list will be published on the website and regularly updated.
  • At Registration, competitors from Scotland, England and Wales will have their handicaps automatically up-dated from their CDH records.  All other competitors must show an up-to-date handicap certificate. The handicap declared at Registration will be the handicap used throughout the week for the match play rounds. The consolation stableford will be subject to a change in handicap following the results of the qualifying round.


Tournament Schedule

All play is from the LGU medal tees

Sunday 30 July
Official Practice Day - a courtesy practice round is available for competitors only on the Strathtyrum Course. Practice rounds may be booked after the closing date.

Monday 31 July
Qualifying Round - all competitors will play one qualifying round on the Strathtyrum Course.

Tuesday 1 August
Golf Monthly Trophy
Eden Course - Round 1 - 16 players
Girls’ Open Quaich
Strathtyrum Course - Round 1 – quarter finals
Links Trust Quaich
Strathtyrum Course - handicap stableford competition (non-qualifiers only)

Wednesday 2 August
Golf Monthly Trophy
Eden Course - Round 2 – quarter finals
Girls’ Open Quaich
Strathtyrum Course - Round 2 – semi finals

Thursday 3 August
Golf Monthly Trophy
Old Course - Round 3 – semi finals
Old Course - Round 4 – final
Girls’ Open Quaich
Old Course - Round 3 – final

Prize-giving - after close of play at the Eden Clubhouse at approx 5.00 pm.


Trophies and Prize money

The trophies will be retained by the Links Management Committee

Qualifying round:
Scratch Score Trophy - Prize voucher £100; 2nd place (scratch) - Prize voucher £60; 3rd place (scratch) - Prize voucher £40.

Match play rounds:
Golf Monthly Trophy and St Andrews Links Junior Ladies’ Open Champion 2016 - Prize voucher £300
Runner-up, Christo Douglas Trophy - Prize voucher £200
Losing semi-finalists - Prize voucher £100

Girls’ Open Quaich - Prize voucher £200
Runner-up - Prize voucher £100
Losing semi-finalists - Prize voucher £ 50

Links Trust Quaich - Prize voucher £ 50
Runner-up - Prize voucher £ 40



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