COMPETITION RULES & GUIDELINES 2017 (Revised Mar. 2017)
Aim of the Newton Shield
The aim of the Newton Shield is to promote competitive matches between the golf clubs of the area and to encourage greater links and friendships. With this aim it is important that the matches and the League are conducted within the Spirit of the Game of Golf.
The Spirit of the Game
Golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players, care for the course and to abide by the Rules. All players, officials, and supporters should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is the Spirit of the Game of Golf.
In order to facilitate clarity the Paisley and District Golf League has a series of agreed rules and guidelines, which Club Captains, Team Managers and players should ensure that they are familiar with them.
The Newton Shield – the inter club competition
The Junior Newton Shield– the inter club competition for Junior Sections of Clubs
Match – the fixture played between two clubs
Game – the individual contests which make up the match. In the Newton Shield there are eight games in each match.
Full Member of the Club –a bone fide member of the club who has full playing rights but could be a Youth, Student or Young Adult member. Not a restricted member, part-time member, country member or pay as you play member or the like.
Club Champion – the golfer who is the Club Champion at the time of the match.
Junior Club Champion – the golfer who is the Junior Club Champion at the time of the match.
Team Manager – the Club Official who has been designated to organise the Team
League Points – awarded on the outcome of matches
Game Points – the points awarded for individual games
The eleven member clubs of the Paisley and District Golf League are drawn into two Leagues – one of six clubs and one of five clubs. Clubs then play each other on a home and away basis.
The winner and Runners-up in each section will contest the Semi-finals. The Winner of League 1 will play the Runner-up of League 2, and the Winner of League 2 will play the Runner-up in League 1.
The Winners of each League will host the Semi-finals and will provide normal catering arrangements.
The semi-finals will be set in advance and be scheduled to be played on a Monday night.
The winners of each Semi-final will contest the Newton Shield Final.
The date of the Newton Shield Final will be fixed at the start of the season and will be played on a Friday night. The venue for the final will be announced at the start of the season and will be hosted by the Captain of Captain’s Club, regardless if the home club is contesting the final. If the final is postponed for any reason it will be played at the next available Friday at the host club.
The winner of this match will be the League Champions and will be presented with the Newton Shield. The runners-up will receive the Newton Quaich in recognition of their achievement.
League points are awarded on the following basis
Home win 4 points Home Draw 2 points Home loss 0 points
Away win 6 points Away Draw 3 points Away loss 0 points
The league table will also record the result of each match, calculated as Points Difference.
The winner of each league will be determined in the following order
- The club who has accumulated the greatest number of League Points will be declared the winner.
- In the event of a tie, the club with the highest Game Points Difference will be declared the winner.
- If the scores are still tied then the Club with the greatest number of Game Points will be declared the winner.
- If the scores are still tied then the combined result of the games between both clubs will determine the winner.
Teams in the Newton Shield shall consist of eight players.
Team members must be Full Members of the Club. (See definition)
Female golfers can play in the Team Matches but must play from the same tees.
Juniors can play in the Newton Shield as long as their club does not have a Junior match on at the same time. In such a case the Junior must play in the Junior Newton Shield match.
Scoring of Matches
The individual scoring of games is 2 Game Points for a win and 1 Game Point for a half.
The score for the match therefore carries a total of 16 Game Points,
- for example a match result where the home team has won five games and halved another one – the score would be recorded as 11:5
The Final Game shall be played as a Match with eight games. If the result is tied after the eight games then each club will nominate one player to participate in a sudden death play-off.
The draft fixture lists will be issued to clubs by the end of September each year. The clubs will confirm the dates of the home matches and these must be returned to the Paisley and District Golf League Secretary by the end of October. The Final fixture lists will be issued to member clubs by the end of November.
Once the Final Fixture List has been issued then changes cannot be made without the agreement of both clubs and the permission of the Paisley and District Golf League Match Secretary.
In all cases there must be agreement between the clubs and that all games must be played before the final week of the League Season.
The nominated Team Manager for each Club must exchange team order lists prior to the start of play. Once these lists are agreed no changes must be made unless agreed to by both Team Managers.
The Club Champion must be listed at Number 1, if they are available to play. The remainder of the team members shall be played in the order decided by the Team Manager.
The Home Club are responsible for ensuring the tee has been reserved for a suitable period.
Teams do not need to tee-off in listed order. The Home Club should manage the games to the first tee. The first tee-off time must not be later than 5:30pm. Matches must then flow in an un-interrupted sequence.
If a game is unable to follow on because a team member is late then the following procedures will apply
- The team can play a reserve player immediately without penalty
- The team can wait for 5 minutes for the original listed player, under a penalty of loss of first hole.
If after 5 minutes the original listed player is not ready to tee-off then the game will be conceded.
The Team Manager will be responsible for exchanging the team lines with his counterpart and under the Rules of Golf, the Newton Shield allow only the Team Manager to be the person who is able to give advice to players (including pointing out a line for putting) who are members of that team. If a Club decide it is not the Team Manager who is to be giving advice, then they must inform their opponents before the match starts. The use of caddies is permitted and their role and responsibilities are covered by the Rules of Golf.
Postponement of Matches
Matches shall be played if the course is open and playable. If the course is unplayable, the home club must contact the Away Team Manager as soon as possible. A date must be re-arranged for the fixture and the Paisley and District Golf League Match Secretary informed by email.
If a match is postponed then it must be played
Within the week or 2 of the following weeks, if the match was scheduled for Weeks 1 to 7.
Within the week or the week following, if the match was scheduled for Weeks 8 and 9.
During week 10, if the match was scheduled for Week 10.
If a date cannot be arranged within the above timeframes, the Match Secretary shall be informed as soon as this becomes known. The Match Secretary may, at his or her discretion, sanction an extension to the above timeframes.
Abandonment of Matches
If during the playing of a match the course becomes unplayable or weather conditions become dangerous then the match can be abandoned. This would normally be done by agreement by the players / officials. The safety of players is of paramount importance especially in instances of thunder and lightning.
If some of the games are completed then these results stand. The games that were not completed must be re-started from the next tee from the last hole completed. A careful note of scores and holes completed should be made and agreed by the Team Managers on the night of the abandoned match.
Where possible the existing teams must restart the match in the same game order. Where a player is unavailable for the re-arranged fixture then they can be substituted by another player, as long as the substitute was not involved in the original fixture.
Retirals through injury, illness or personal reasons
If a player is unable to complete a game then they shall forfeit the game.
Where a member club fails to complete a fixture they must report the reasons to the Committee without delay.
Disputes between Clubs
In the Spirit of the Game of Golf it is envisaged that agreement can be made between clubs. Where Team managers have found difficulty in coming to an agreement they should refer the matter to their respective Club Captains. If there is still no resolution then the matter must be referred to the Executive Committee, without delay.
Guidelines to Clubs
The Home Club are responsible for ensuring the tee has been reserved for a suitable period, before and after the games.
Clubs have agreed to supply some pre-match hospitality in the form of sandwiches / tea / coffee.
Entrance to clubhouse
Clubs should try to ensure easy access for Away Team players to the Clubhouse and Changing Rooms.
Team Official with Team List
It is important that the Team Manager, or his delegate, has the Team List ready for the exchange of Team Lines. This can ensure that games are started promptly.
Starting the games
The Home Club are responsible for calling games to the first tee. As stated this does not necessarily need to be in order. The Starter should offer the Away Team Members a Scorecard. They should also indicate which tees are being used and any Temporary Local Rules, which are in place.
During the match
Players appreciate the support of Club Officials and supporters. It is important that spectators encourage all players.
Result of the match
After the Final Game, Officials should agree the score in the Match and also the scores in each of the games. The Team Mangers should put the Final Score on their Team Lines and countersign each other’s copy. An email message, from both clubs, should be sent to Paisley and District Golf League Match Secretary with the Match Score and the individual game results. This should be done within 24 hours of the Match taking place.
Each club should provide post-match hospitality for the Team members, Captain and Team Manager. This would normally be a drink and some food. Players should be encouraged where possible to participate in this.
The Home Captain normally makes a short speech welcoming the other Captain, Team Manager and players to his club. He should mention the match and any memorable games or happenings and then he should propose a toast to the other Club and Captain, wishing them success for the rest of the season.
The Visiting Captain would then reply, thanking the host club. He should say something complimentary about the course and the catering / hospitality provided. He should then propose a toast to the Home Club and Captain.
Guidelines to Players
Players should respect the Dress Code of the Home Club. Players do not need to wear Collar and Tie for the post-match hospitality.
It is important to check the Local Rules on scorecards, as the Local Rules can vary from club to club, eg plugged balls through the green.
Players should be respectful of other courses at all times. The Newton Shield depends on members giving over their courses for a considerable period of time and that should be appreciated. It is also important for players to realise that the courses in the Newton Shield have different growing rates and it is important not to openly criticise a course which may be in early season.
Giving advice to Team mates
Under the Rules of Golf, the Newton Shield Committee allows the Team Manager to be the only person who is able to give advice to players (including pointing out a line for putting) to members of that team. If a Club decide it is not the Team Manager who is to be giving advice, then they must inform their opponents before the match starts. This has implications for players who have finished their game. They are encouraged to support their team mates however they are not permitted to offer advice, for example on club selection or putting
Players are encouraged to wait for post-match hospitality, if however they are unable to do this they should inform the Captain of the home club, their own Team Manager and their playing partner before the match.
The Role of the Executive Committee
The Newton Shield is administered by The Executive Committee and they make decisions on behalf of the Clubs.
The Newton Shield should be played in the Spirit of the Game of Golf and so situations where sanctions have to be applied should be rare, however the following guidelines give some Guidance to the Committee
- Failure to fulfil a match – loss of match – result 16:0
- Playing an illegible player ( ie not a Full member ) – loss of match – result 16:0
- Playing Club Champion not at No. 1 – loss of game No.1 and the game that the Club Champion played in. (ie loss of two games).
It is essential for the Executive Committee to adjudicate in situations and in doing so they should ascertain if a Breach of the Rules has taken place and if so was this a deliberate Breach in order to gain an unfair advantage or an administrative error or oversight.
In all cases of Adjudication it is important that Decisions are made impartially and that the outcome of these decisions is communicated to the clubs involved and other member clubs.
It is within reason for the Executive Committee to pull together a group of Captains from the other League, to help adjudicate where there may be perceived conflicts of interests.
The Junior Newton Shield
The Junior Newton Shield is the competition for Junior players who are members of the Junior Sections of the Paisley and District Golf League Clubs.
The overall rules are the same as for the Newton Shield except that matches consist of eight games. In the Junior Newton Shield the Junior Champion must play at Number 1 if he is available for selection. The first three games ( Numbers 1 to 3) are played off of scratch and the next three games (Numbers 4 to 6) are played off of Full Handicap difference. The Team is played in strict handicap order with the Lowest Handicap playing at Number 2 and the highest at Number 6. If the Junior Champion is not available to play then the Team must be in strict handicap order with the Lowest at Number 1.
Pease note, in accordance with Scottish Golf Guidelines, caddies are not permitted in the Junior Newton Shield.
There will be just one section for the Junior Newton Shield in Season 2017 with the winners going to represent the Paisley and District golf league in Scottish Junior Team Championship.
Other Paisley and District Golf League Competitions
The Lexwell Trophy
This takes place each year at Elderslie Golf Club.
Teams consist of four Juniors from each of the member clubs of the League.
The format is stableford, with all four scores counting. In the event of a tie team countback will decide the winner.
The Bonnyton Cup
This is played for by the Captains of the Paisley and District Golf League Clubs.
The format is stableford.
The venue is on a rota basis.
The Captains’ and Vice-Captains’ Trophy
This is played for by the Captains and Vice-captains of the Paisley and District Golf League Clubs.
The format is fourball better ball Stableford. The Club with the most points wins.
The venue is on the Captain of Captains rota basis.
The Captains’ and Past Captains’ Trophy
This is played for by the Captains and three Past Captains of the Paisley and District Golf League Clubs.
The format is Stableford and the best three score count. The Club with the most points wins.
The venue is on the Captain of Captains rota basis.
The Past Captains’ Trophy
The format is Stableford and this is played for at the same time as the The Captains’ and Past Captains’ Trophy. The winner is the Past Captain who scores the most points .