Order of Merit Rules

Rules

1. At each DGU Junior Order of Merit {OOM} event plus the first round of the Dyfed Junior Championships clubs will be awarded points towards the Dyfed Junior League. Order of Merit events, of which there will be FIVE, will be agreed upon at the junior AGM.
2. OOM events will be an 18 hole medal with a handicap limit of 20 for the boys & 36 for the girls.
3. Any junior representing another county is not eligible for Dyfed Junior County Championships or to accumulate individual order of merit points.
4. A junior may only represent one club in any season.
5. Distance measuring devices are allowed at Dyfed Order of Merit competitions.
6. Up to ten players maximum will make up the team
7. Each club’s top five cards will count. This will be the top two gross scores plus the next best three nett scores after removing these two. The scores are then aggregated together with the winning club having the lowest aggregate score.
8. In the event of a club fielding more than ten players it will be up to the Junior Organiser to name his/her nominated ten players prior to the first player teeing off. Failure to do so will mean that the lowest ten players on handicap will be selected.
9. In the event of a club unable to field five players who complete cards, a lesser number of cards will count to determine positions in the league on the day. Clubs with four completed cards will get more points than clubs with three completed cards and so on.
10. Ten points shall be awarded to the first placed team, nine to the second and so on with one point to the tenth team.
11. The points from each OOM plus the first round of the Dyfed Junior Championships shall be added together and the winner will be the club with the greatest number of points. The winning club will represent Dyfed at the Welsh Junior Inter-counties final.
12. In the event of a tie, the club with the greatest number of first places at the counting events will be deemed the winner. If still tied then on the greatest number of second places until a winner is decided.
13. In the event of any dispute the matter shall be referred to the DGU Management Committee whose decision shall be final.

Suggested points to follow to ensure a smooth & successful OOM

In order to ensure fairness and consistency, it is vital that all clubs hosting OOMs adhere to the following guidelines.
1. Handicap limits for medal events must comply with Rule 2 above. Should a club for example wish to run a stableford for girls, there must nevertheless be a medal event which any girl with a handicap of 36 or less may choose to enter.
2. Competition scratch scores must be calculated for each event. It is not acceptable to simply refer to the sss of the course.
3. A complete listing of scores showing name, club, gross score and handicap must be returned to the County Junior Organiser, his nominee or a representative of the Committee of the Dyfed Golfing Union as soon as practicable after the event (ideally within 2 days). This should preferably take the form of an Excel spreadsheet to facilitate sorting and calculations. This enables both individual and team points to be calculated by the County. It is not expected that the Club calculate these themselves, though they may choose to do so. If they do choose to do so, these will not be official until checked and announced by the County.
4. Whilst it is beneficial for players to tee off in broad handicap order, this is not a requirement. Pairing a 2 handicap with two 20s for example may not be ideal, but a 2 and a 10 or a 12 and an 18 in the same group for example would not be out of place. This facilitates item 5 below.
5. No group may consist entirely of players from one club, whether three ball or two ball. Wherever possible there should not be 2 from the same club in a group, so as to avoid a fellow team mate marking a player’s card, though it is recognised this may not always be possible dependent on entries.
6. It is up to the hosting club whether to allow parents on the course. If they do, the parents must be informed that they may not engage with their child at any time, nor come within a reasonable distance of play and may not interfere in any way. Failure to abide by this may result in their child being disqualified.
7. It is up to the hosting club whether to allow Junior Organisers or Team Managers on the course. It is suggested this is generally reasonable and these may enquire as to how players are doing and offer encouragement, but not advice. They may give assistance with rules if requested by a player, though not in the capacity of a referee unless authorised by the club. If an Organiser is a parent, this takes precedence over 6 above.
8. Caddies are not allowed. Players may not ride in buggies unless under a medical exemption sanctioned by the hosting club in their sole discretion.
9. Players who have completed their round may, in the discretion of the hosting club, return to the course to support their team mates, but may not offer advice or instruction or interfere with play.
10. Clubs may set their own requirements in respect of deadlines for entry and nothing shall compel them to accept late entries, though equally nothing shall preclude them from doing so in their absolute discretion. They may not however favour any player or club over another and must not be influenced by the effect on team or individual OOM placings.
11. Entry fees should generally not exceed £10 including a meal, so as not to discourage participation. This limit is discussed and agreed at the annual general meeting of junior organisers and is therefore subject to change.
12. Prizes and / or trophies are awarded at the hosting club’s discretion. It is suggested there should be some recognition of the best gross score in addition to the net prizes. It is also suggested that some memento trophy for the overall net winner is appropriate in addition to any prize that may be awarded.

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