ENGLAND GOLF
On 16th November 2011 the merger of the English Golf Union (EGU) and the English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) was approved at simultaneous general meetings of both organisations: the merger came into effect on 1st January 2012 and created England Golf, one national governing body to represent all amateur golfers in England.  
For more information about England Golf, and for details and reports of all the events that they organise go to their website:  www.englandgolf.org - Click Here


For administration, county golf competitions and communication to golf clubs, the women's game is divided into 6 English regions, embracing 35 English counties.  The 6 English regions are: East, Midlands North, Midlands South, North, South and South West.
 
Buckinghamshire is one of the six counties that form the Midlands South region. The other 5 counties in the Midlands South region are: Berkshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire & Herefordshire.

The Midlands South Region Committee & Events:
Each region must hold regular meetings each year; each county has a representative who is responsible for communicating with golf clubs and ensuring two-way communication between England Golf, their Regional Committee, County and golf clubs. The England Golf county representative for Bucks is Susanna Mitterer (Woburn). Her contact details can be found on the Officers page under the Association Business tab.


COUNTY  CLUB  DELEGATES: Each golf club affiliated to the BCLGA appoints a Club Delegate, who will attend the quarterly Delegates' Meetings and report back to their clubs. The role of the Club Delegate is to ensure effective two way communication between England Golf, the county and the club.  Most of the correspondence between the county and the clubs will be via the Club Delegates and Lady Captains.

Dates of future Delegates meetings and minutes of past meetings can be accessed through the Business Meetings page under the Association Business tab.

The R&A’s Covid-19 Support Fund

Online applications are now open

In agreement with The R&A, a sum of £2,555,000 has been made available to clubs in England hit hard by the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.


330 golf clubs were successful in receiving on average £7000 worth of funds.


England Golf have dedicated a further £500,000 to the fund in October 2020 which will be distributed to a further 110 golf clubs in due course.


All clubs were selected by a rigorous application and screening process. The purpose of the funds is to provide short-term financial support to clubs and facilities as they develop a resilient business strategy and then plan for future sustainability.

Golf clubs and facilities who were successful in their application are committed to England Golf’s policies on safeguarding and equality.


Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions

England Golf has fielded a large number of calls, emails and messages via social media about the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on golf.

Their staff have been working hard to reply to each individual and club query and thank you all for turning to them for advice and support in these unprecedented times.

Given the volume of inquiries, they felt it would be useful to compile a series of FAQs complete with answers, guidance and signposting to other relevant authorities.

These are published on their website, please follow the link

SafeGolf Club

The SafeGolf accreditation deadline extended due to Covid till 31 March 2021

From discussion throughout the past months it is clear that clubs and counties are fully committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults involved in our sport through the SafeGolf accreditation system. The disruption to golf club and county operations has created many additional pressures and demands, which have impacted on ability to progress towards SafeGolf accreditation. In particular, welfare officers have been unable to access Time To Listen (TTL) training courses since March 2020. Although an online version of TTL has now been rolled out, availability is severely limited. 

In recognition of the above: 

  • The date for completion of all SafeGolf requirements (except for TTL training) has now moved from 31 December 2020 to 31 March 2021. 
  • The date for completion of TTL training for welfare officers will be 31 December 2021 

To confirm, SafeGolf accreditation is a standard that the sport has agreed must be met, and as such will be mandatory for all affiliated clubs and counties from the above deadline. 

 

As a result of feedback EG have simplified the registration process, and clubs and counties who have yet to attain SafeGolf status, but have the capacity to make progress with their accreditation at this time can do so with the support of our Partnership Managers and Club Support Officer network. 

 

To register for SafeGolf, go to https://www.englandgolf.org/article/be-a-safegolf-club/

CONGU Rules (Covid 19 crisis)

CONGU Decision 23/3/20

Following on from The R&A’s guidance on the Rules of Golf issued on Friday 20 March https://www.randa.org/en/news/2020/03/covid-19-relatedguidance-on-the-rules-of-golf) , CONGU has now discussed the implications for scores for handicap qualifying competitions and can confirm the following:
Flagsticks/Holes: If clubs have made the decision to modify the depth of the hole to allow players to remove the ball without touching the flagstick, scores will be acceptable for either competition or supplementary score purposes.
Bunkers: If clubs introduce a Local Rule to allow preferred lies in bunkers, scores will be acceptable for competition or supplementary score purposes. (Using Model Local Rule E-3)
Please note: The distance for preferred lies in the bunker is limited to 6 inches and the area cannot be smoothed before placing. Alternatively, if the condition of bunkers is so poor that it interferes with the proper playing of the game, a club Committee may declare all bunkers to be Ground Under Repair, scores will be acceptable for competition or supplementary score purposes.
Note: These temporary provisions are applicable until further notice.

Visit: https://www.congu.co.uk/guidance-on-qualifying-scores-during-the-covid-19-restrictions

Covid 19 Rules for playing in Foursomes: the following is recommended:

Each partner should use their own golf ball, which is only handled by that player. For example the player teeing off from hole 1 is the only one that touches the ball from teeing off through to completion of the hole. The partner teeing off from hole 2 does likewise with their ball. Under the Rules of Golf a partner is permitted to drop the side’s ball in taking relief. It is also permissible to drop another ball when taking relief.

When marking and replacing the ball on the putting green this should be conducted by the partner the ball belongs to. Under this situation (or any other where the ball must be replaced) the original ball must be used and must not be substituted by another ball.

Please abide by England Golf’s Play Safe, Stay Safe guidelines (https://www.englandgolf.org/playsafe/) In addition we also recommend that each player carries their own hand sanitizer in case they touch their partners golf ball in error.

Sport England Community Emergency Fund

This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

This £35 million fund of National Lottery money is designed to complement other sources of funding from the government, such as funds targeted at small businesses. Please explore all funding support that the government has available before you consider applying to this fund.

For more details please click here

Encouraging Ethnic Diversity in Golf

We want clubs to respond to the needs of all players and encouraging minority ethnic communities is an area with huge potential for growth in the sport

For the past two years, we’ve been working on a project with Mytime Active to discover how to involve Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in golf. We looked at everything from the image of the game to the barriers to getting
involved.


The results from this project can help clubs across the country engage more people. So, in partnership with Sporting Equals, we developed this toolkit to share what we’ve learnt. We hope you find it useful.

COVID-19 Best Practice (Oct 2020)

Following the latest government’s announcement of new local Covid-19 alert levels, England Golf has updated its guidance for clubs and facilities in designated ‘high risk’ and ‘very high risk’ areas of the country.

Guidance for clubs in local
COVID alert level: High Risk (Tier 2)

Guidance for clubs in local
COVID alert level: Very High Risk (Tier 3)

For clarity, those areas of the country affected by the updated restrictions are also referenced in the above documents.

 

For further information please refer to the official government guidance on local restrictions.

 

There are no new updates in guidance for clubs in 'medium' risk (Tier 1) areas. They should continue to follow pre-existing regulations.


Please note: the new system of localised restrictions does NOT impact the playing of the game.

 

All golf clubs in England should continue to follow the existing Play Safe, Stay Safe” framework for playing the game and refer to England Golf’s online FAQs for additional support.

World Handicap System

Access to World Handicap System Platform & Toolkit now!

How much do your members know about the new World Handicap System (WHS) which comes into play on 2nd November?

Don’t worry if you feel they need to learn more, as the team at England Golf have been working hard over the last few months on an exciting new WHS education campaign.

It features a bespoke toolkit for you, the golf clubs, to help your members know the score with the WHS.

The toolkit will become your go-to guide with a multitude of handy resources you can use at your golf club and via your digital channels. They’ve done all the hard work for you!

Your will find the toolkit here

All resources are available for download,including posters, social media adverts and much more!

Access to World Handicap System Platform

In the first week of July each club will have received a letter from EG with a unique URL to allow them to access their WHS club platform. Using the step-by-step guide, the club should follow the instructions to start to update their information on the platform.Initially, open access is only provided to the courses information section.

Has your club logged into the WHS platform and uploaded course information Yet?
If not - then please encourage your club to do so ahead of the 1 August deadline!

For any queries please email whs2020@englandgolf.org

England Golf Campaign to give Membership a Shot!

England Golf launches a new campaign, ‘Membership: Give it a Shot’, to maximise new membership opportunities from the increased participation levels that golf has enjoyed since play resumed in May

Focussing on four core values, equality, diversity, family and community, England Golf’s membership call to action of ‘Give it a Shot’ comes to life through three key messages:
 

‘Play is Flexible’: As golf continues to evolve in line with modern lifestyle choices, there have never been more ways to enjoy the game – whether that is practicing at the driving range, playing a quick nine or a competitive round over 18 holes, the choice is yours.

‘Clubs are Sociable’: A hugely popular aspect of any sport and club membership is the social benefits. The opportunity to meet in a safe environment, share stories, and build lifelong friendships through the game. Golf is a game for all generations and families to enjoy together.

‘Golf is Affordable’: Golf club membership is a lot more affordable than people perceive with many membership options to suit age, lifestyle and budget.

The membership campaign will be heavily promoted by England Golf on a national scale and will provide an opportunity for every golf club in England to connect and promote their own membership benefits for new and existing members.

Part of the membership recruitment and retention campaign is an incentive for new members and existing members who refer a friend to join their club.

Members will be entered into a prize draw to win four Country Memberships at Woodhall Spa Golf Club for them and three friends, in addition to a four-ball on the Hotchkin (ranked the 54th best course in the world), a four-ball on the Bracken, a two-hour group clinic at the National Golf Centre and an overnight stay with bed and breakfast.

There are also 10 pairs of tickets for the 149th Open Championship at Royal St George’s Golf Club next year, six pairs of adidas Code Chaos Golf Shoes, and 24 dozen Titleist Pro V1 golf balls available to win.

To enter, and to download the resource packs please visit the England Golf website

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