The Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship shall be open to players of the female gender who are members of a recognised golf club, who have Amateur Status in accordance with the current Amateur Status Rules of R&A Rules Limited, who hold a current CONGU Exact Handicap of not more than 4.4 or overseas equivalent, at date of entry and who are under 18 years of age at 0001 hours on 1 January in the year of the Championship.
Entries shall be limited to 144. In the event of entries exceeding this number, the 144 players with the lowest Exact Handicaps will be accepted. Players may notify The R&A of any reduction in handicap before the closing date for entries. It is the responsibility of the player to ensure that any handicap changes have been received and subsequently adjusted prior to the closing date. Any alterations must be notified in writing, by fax or by email. In the event of a tie, the 144th place shall be decided by ballot, which shall take place immediately after the closing date for entries on 23:59hrs GMT on Monday 24 July 2017. The handicap at the closing date will be used for the ballot and subsequent handicap changes will be disregarded. Those entrants balloted out will be placed on a waiting list. Unsuccessful entrants will have their entry fees refunded. The committee reserves the right to exempt a player from the ballot.
One entry per player must be submitted electronically via the R&A website www.randa.org and must be received by close of entries ie. 23:59hrs GMT on Monday 24 July 2017. Entries by telephone will not be accepted. It is the entrants’ responsibility to ensure that her online entry is completed successfully and all contact details are accurate. All Championship information including a list of accepted entries may be viewed at www.randa.org. Late entries will not be accepted. In the event of duplicate entries being submitted, the first entry will be used for all purposes. Duplicate entries will be refunded but may be subject to the deduction of a £10 sterling administration fee.
An entry shall be accepted only if the online entry is fully completed, including payment by Debit/Credit card. Please note: Acceptance of your online entry does not guarantee a place in the starting field. Players successful in gaining a place in the starting field will be advised after the entry closing date. Entry fees will be refunded if intimation of withdrawal is received on or before close of entries ie Monday 24 July 2017 - please note a service charge of £10 sterling will be deducted. After close of entries, entry fees will only be refunded in full to entrants who do not gain a place in the starting field. Refund of entry fees will be issued within 28 days of the final day of the championship by the method of initial payment. If an entrant withdraws before or after the closure of entries, their withdrawal is final and re-entry will not be permitted.
The R&A will not be liable to pay any money to you by way of compensation for any loss, damage, cost or expense suffered by you which was not reasonably foreseeable when your entry was confirmed after the closing date, and/or was not caused by The R&A.
All players must compete in the Championship in its entirety. Failure to do so may result in future entries being refused. An exception may be granted on application, in writing to the Championship Committee, no less than 7 days before the commencement of the Championship.
Any player who records a score of Par +20 or over in any single stroke play round of the Championship will be precluded from entering the Championship the following year. This Regulation shall be implemented at the Championship Committee’s discretion having taken into consideration prevailing weather conditions.
All entries are subject to the approval of the Championship Committee that reserves the right to disqualify any competitor making a false statement on her online entry and to accept or refuse or, having accepted, subsequently reject any entry without giving reason for its decision.
Each competitor must produce a current CONGU Handicap Certificate, or overseas equivalent, at registration. Penalty for failure to produce verification of current handicap before completion of the first round – Disqualification
Competitors holding both a CONGU and overseas authority handicap must enter the Championship using their CONGU handicap. The club maintaining the player’s CONGU handicap must be used for all purposes. Penalty for failure to enter in compliance with this regulation – Disqualification.
Competitors must register in person with The R&A on site, no later than 1400 hours on the day prior to commencement of the Championship. Penalty for Breach - Disqualification. Telephone calls may be accepted in exceptional circumstances. Failure to notify withdrawal from the Championship may disqualify a player from future Championships.
R&A Championships Limited seeks media coverage and publicity for the Girls’ Amateur Championship around and during the Championship via both the written press and via broadcast and audio-visual media. Each competitor by entering the Championship and by agreeing to these terms and conditions assigns to R&A Championships Limited and its assignees and licensees the right in perpetuity throughout the world to make, use, edit, exhibit and reproduce (and to authorise others to do so) in any and all media (whether Press, radio, television, internet or otherwise), whether now known or hereafter devised for commercial and/or other purposes from time to time and at their discretion, any and all pictures, coverage, recordings and any other reproductions of any description of the competitor made during or in connection with the Championship (including, without limitation, during practice and play) without compensation for the competitor or the heirs, successors, executors, administrators or assignees of the competitor. The competitor also assigns the right to use and reproduce their name, voice, likeness and biographical material in any way now known or hereafter devised by R&A Championships Limited for the purpose of promoting the Championship and any subsequent Championships, without compensation for the competitor or the heirs, successors, executors, administrators or assignees of the competitor including in circumstances where it may include the logo of a third party or of a sponsor or patron of the Championship or any subsequent Championship or any other activities undertaken by R&A Championships Limited. Competitors shall be responsible for ensuring that their caddies (if applicable) will assign to R&A Championships Limited and its successors and licensees equivalent rights in relation to the caddie. Notwithstanding the foregoing grant
of rights, R&A Championships Limited and its assignees and licensees agree that, other than as permitted above, they will not authorise any company contractually associated with R&A Championships Limited to use the competitor’s name, voice, likeness and biographical material in a way which constitutes the endorsement of a product or service, without first requiring such associated company to obtain the competitor’s authorisation. R&A Championships Limited may also use any image of the competitor taken at the Championship to populate the relevant pages of the WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING™ website at wagr.com
Team nominations must be submitted on the official entry form, signed by an official of the players’ National Association and reach The R&A no later than 17:00hrs GMT on the Team Award closing date of Monday 7 August 2017. Should one or more of the nominated players be incapacitated by illness, accident or other unavoidable occurrence, the nominated reserve or reserves may be substituted, in order of selection, up to the advertised time of starting of the affected player or players.
The Committee reserves the right to arrange and /or alter starting times.
The Championship Committee reserves the right to amend these Championship regulations and conditions.
The decision of the Committee is final in all matters.
R&A Championships Limited will use the information you provide within an online entry to process your entrance to and participation in The Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship. It may also be used by R&A Championships Limited to: (a) update the WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKINGTM, if relevant; and (b) provide you with information on Rule updates or similar information regarding the game of golf. R&A Championships Limited may share your information within the R&A group of companies for these purposes. R&A Championships Limited will use the information provided by a parent/guardian within an online entry to verify the confirmations given by the parent/guardian within an online entry. At all times R&A Championships Limited will process your information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Players must be of the female gender and have been female at birth or have had the female gender assigned. For the avoidance of doubt, The R&A reserves the right to carry out a confidential case-by-case evaluation at any time either prior to or after the Championship if in its reasonable opinion such an evaluation is or becomes necessary. Any player in breach of this condition may be disqualified.
The Championship shall be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by R&A Rules Limited and the Local Rules as approved by the Championship Committee.
One round of 18 holes shall be played on each of the first two days, for which one draw shall be made. The players returning the 64 lowest scores over 36 holes shall qualify for the match play. Ties for the last place(s) and all other ties for the automatic draw shall be decided by card count back using the 18 hole second round score. If still a tie, scores for the second 9 holes (or 6 or 3 or 1) of the second round will be used. If a tie still arises, the last 6 holes of the first 9 holes (or 3 or 1) of the second round will be used. If necessary, the first round will then be treated in the same way. If no decision is reached, the Committee shall make a final decision.
In the event of a tie for the lowest score for 36 holes in the qualifying competition, a card count back using the 18 hole second round score will be used. If still a tie, the last 9 holes (or 6 or 3 or 1) will be used. If still a tie, the Trophy shall be held for an equal period of time and final places shall be shared.
In the event of a tie for the lowest score for 18 holes, scores for the second 9 holes (or 6 or 3 or 1) of the appropriate round will be used.
Team Award - any country may nominate a team of two or three players, the two lowest scores in each qualifying round to count. Ties will be decided by card count back using the aggregate of the lowest 18 hole second round scores. If still a tie, the aggregate score for the second 9 holes (or 6 or 3 or 1) of the second round will be used. If still a tie, the Trophy shall be held for an equal period of time by each of the teams which has tied and final place(s) shall be shared.
The draw for the match play stage of the Championship shall be made according to the automatic draw and shall be posted as soon as possible after conclusion of play of the qualifying competition.
Each match, including the final, shall consist of one round of 18 holes. The stipulated round is deemed to extend to as many holes as are required for a match to be won.
Immediately after the match is finished, the winner must sign the official result card and give the result to an appointed official or return the card immediately to The R&A Championship Office.
Failure to comply with this condition renders the player liable to disqualification.
A player is prohibited from having a caddie during the stipulated round. Penalty for Breach of Condition:
Match play- At the conclusion of the hole at which the breach is discovered, the state of the match is adjusted by deducting one hole for each hole at which a breach occurred; maximum deduction per round – Two holes.
Stroke Play – Two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred; maximum penalty per round – Four strokes.
Match or stroke play – In the event of a breach between the play of two holes, the penalty applies to the next hole.
A player having a caddie in breach of this condition must immediately upon discovery that a breach has occurred ensure that she conforms with this condition for the remainder of the stipulated round. Otherwise the player is disqualified.
The specimen conditions in the Rules of Golf are in effect regarding Conforming Driver Heads and Conforming Golf Balls. The specimen condition in Decision 4-1/1 of Decision on the Rules of Golf is in effect for Grooves and Punch Marks.
A player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect her play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.
Competitors shall walk at all times during a stipulated round unless permitted to ride by the Championship Committee.
A copy of the pace of play conditions will be posted at the Championship venue and will be available on request.
All players are subject to the provisions of the International Golf Federation's Anti-Doping Policy. Details of the Policy, and the current List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, are available from the International Golf Federation's website (www.igfgolf.com). Players who are taking medication and in doubt as to their clinical status should seek advice from the R&A or the IGF knowing that, should a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) be required this must be submitted to the IGF not later than 30 days before the start of the Championship.
If a player is found to have breached Etiquette, the Championship Committee will take appropriate action which may include reporting the facts to the player's Federation/National organisation. If the breach is considered to be serious, the player may be disqualified.
IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH COMPETITOR TO ENSURE THAT SHE COMPLIES WITH ALL THE REGULATIONS AND CONDITIONS OF THE COMPETITION.
4. TROPHIES AND VOUCHERS
The Challenge Cup - shall be awarded to the winner. The winner shall be the Girls’ British Open Amateur Champion and shall receive a gold medal and a voucher. The Leven Trophy - shall be awarded to the runner-up. The winner shall receive a silver medal and a voucher.
The losing semi-finalists and the losing quarter finalists shall each receive a bronze medal and a voucher. The Lady Heathcoat-Amory Memorial Medal - shall be awarded to the player returning the lowest score for the 36 holes of the qualifying rounds. The winner shall also receive a voucher. The Todd Bowl - shall be awarded to the player under 16 years of age returning the lowest score for the 36 holes of the qualifying rounds. The winner shall also receive a voucher. The Fairhaven Pheasant - shall be awarded to the player under 14 years of age returning the lowest score for the 36 holes of the qualifying rounds. The winner shall also receive a voucher. Other Vouchers
The players returning the lowest score for the first 18 holes and for the second 18 holes of the qualifying competition shall each receive a voucher. The Team Award Trophy - shall be awarded to the team with the lowest aggregate score for the qualifying rounds. Members of the winning team shall each receive a voucher.
Notes: In the event of an unresolved tie, voucher values will be shared equally.
A player who does not record an apology for her absence at the prize presentation shall not receive her voucher. The voucher shall be donated to Charity.