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.

Covid-19 News from England Golf

England Golf welcomes The R&A’s COVID-19 Support Fund

England Golf will welcome applications for the Covid-19 Support Fund from Wednesday 8 July.

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

Affiliated clubs may apply for grants of up to £10,000.

The fund aims to offer short-term financial support to clubs and facilities as they develop a resilient business strategy and plan for future sustainability.

For more details visit: https://www.englandgolf.org/england-golf-welcomes-the-ras-covid-19-support-fund/

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 process will become part of the England Golf affiliation process from January 2021.

Your County has already successfully achieved SafeGolf accreditation - now it is your turn! All EG affiliated Golf Clubs will have to achieve SafeGolf accreditation before the end of 2020. There is currently no extension to this deadline given the Covid 19 crisis.

The SafeGolf accreditation process is designed to enable clubs, through easily accessible documents and templates, to ensure they are delivering a safe environment for the sport to be played in.

You will find a checklist and all available templates and relevant documents on the following England Golf Website: https://www.englandgolf.org/article/be-a-safegolf-club/

Brendan Tonks has recently been promoted to be the Lead Safeguarding Officer. He will work on all safeguarding strategic issues and ensuring delivery of all safeguarding policies and procedures including the implementation of the SafeGolf standard across all affiliated clubs and facilities, and member counties. Should you have any safeguarding concerns please do not hesitate to speak to him directly at England Golf.

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

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 UPDATE – Plan ahead for the next phase

A Framework for Opening Your Clubhouse

Following the Governments announcements on 23rd June, golf clubs should now start planning for the future re-opening of clubhouse facilities from the 4th of July.

In the first instance, a risk assessment should be carried out, the details of which should be shared with the workforce.  For organisations of over 50 employees, this should be published on the club website.

In order to make it more viable for the hospitality industry to open, the Government has given scope to relax the current 2m Social Distancing rules in certain instances to allow ‘1m Plus’, which means remaining 1m apart whilst taking other mitigation to reduce the risk of transmission.

Other measures include:

    Keeping a temporary record of customers for 21 days to assist with NHS Track and Trace Requests

    Providing clear guidance on arrival of Social Distancing & Hygiene measures in place at the venue

    Utilising contactless payment wherever possible

    Calculating the maximum number of customers it is safe to accommodate taking into account either the 2m Social Distancing rule or new “1m plus” rule.

    Where PPE is already being used, it should continue to be, however workplaces should not encourage the precautionary use of extra PPE and risk assessment should reflect the limited role such equipment will play.

    Table service should be offered with a designated server wherever possible. In instances where bar or counter service is unavoidable; customers need to be prevented from remaining at the bar after ordering.

The full guidance is available here and all involved in golf in England should review it as soon as possible so they can begin putting in place the necessary steps to ensure your  business can continue to open-up safely.

The document includes practical considerations of how these new rules can be implemented, whilst being mindful that no two businesses are identical. Everyone is responsible for translating the guidance into the specific actions. Importantly, all will need to monitor measures to make sure they continue to protect customers and workers, so comprehensive checklists are included throughout the guidance to ensure the safety of everyone.

If you are in doubt as to how this guidance applies to your particular organisation, you should contact your local Trading Standards or Environmental Health, who will have the responsibility for enforcement.

The most up-to-date Government guidance will be available at www.gov.uk/workingsafely

You can also read the response to the announcement from the golfing bodies, including quotes from England Golf's CEO Jeremy Tomlinson.

England Golf has also provided a checklist for golf clubs on the re-opening of clubhouses as part of the PlaySafe guidance.

**The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf is supported by the following industry bodies: The R&A, The PGA, PING, UK Golf Federation, British Golf Industry Association, Syngenta, IMG, The Belfry, England Golf, Golf Ireland, Golfing Union of Ireland, Ladies Golf Union, Scottish Golf, Wales Golf, British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association, Golf Course Managers Association.**  

World Handicap System

Your Club Education programme coming soon!

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.

This will also feature 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!

So, look out for the toolkit landing in your inbox early in July.

To find out more about WHS visit: https://www.englandgolf.org/handicaps-rules/whs-2020/

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