Bourn Golf & Country Club - 4th Oct 2020
Only two weeks after visiting Bourn Golf & Country Club for our IMGA Junior World Championships qualifier, we return for our final Order of Merit Junior Open of the season before the Tour Championship.
Due to the major renovation and extension work being carried out on the Bourn clubhouse and surrounding area, all categories will tee off from the 2nd hole and the last hole for the 11-12 and Junior Open categories will be the 1st hole.
The 9-hole players (6 & Under, 7-8 and 9-10 categories) will be playing 8 holes (the 2nd to the 9th holes) at this event.
In addition to the usual COVID-19 guidelines that we must all adhere to, we need to share some additional information for this particular event:
'Rule of 6' – Please do not gather in groups larger than 6 at any point during the day.
Parking and Registration – At the temporary clubhouse ('Fairways'), which runs alongside the 2nd hole. To avoid penalties, please ensure that you collect your card first and then are at the first tee (on the 2nd hole at this event) 10 minutes prior to your scheduled tee time.
Food & drink – Adjacent to the temporary clubhouse and open from 7.30 am.
Range balls – These will be available for £4 per basket (approx. 75 balls)
Toilets – There are two toilets available at the temporary clubhouse and a portaloo close to the 10th tee.
Practice rounds – £10 per junior midweek (£30 per accompanying adult, if they wish to also play) & £20 per junior weekend (£40 per adult). Please call the club directly on 01954 718057 to book.
Bourn Golf & Country Club, Toft Road, Bourn, Cambridgeshire, CB23 2TT
Please ensure that you check the TEE TIMES link again prior to the event on Sunday 4th October, as there WILL be updates to the start sheets.
This is to be undertaken on the driving range, putting green or practice facilities that the club may have. Players are not allowed to warm up on the course before the event.
Players are permitted one caddie to assist them on the course; they are there to help with pace of play by carrying the bag and handing clubs, etc.
Coaching is not permitted, lining up is not permitted, and NO assistance may be given on the green.
Caddies are to stay off the greens at all times.
Pace of Play:
This is a very important aspect of the game and one that we are constantly monitoring at events!
9 holes should take no longer than 2 – 2 1/4 hours and 18 holes no longer than 4 – 4 1/2 hours.
It is a requirement that all groups keep pace with the preceding group, NOT just keep ahead of the group behind!
‘Play-ready golf’ – be prepared to play before it’s your turn, walk between shots at a good pace, leave the green once you have finished a hole and mark your card on the next tee.
Unless there is a mitigating circumstance, i.e. a ruling is required (in which case the group behind should be called through), slow play will be monitored and penalised in the usual way. If a group does not finish within 15 minutes of the group in front, a penalty of 2 strokes will be added to all players in the group. We will be very strict on this rule in 2020, so caddies and players, please encourage your playing partners to play at the recommended speed.
All events are played using standard R&A strokeplay rules. It is a player’s and caddie’s responsibility to learn the rules of golf, and penalties will be applied if rules are broken.
Here is a link to the R&A website, where you will find great videos explaining the 2019 rule changes. https://www.randa.org/
Distance Measuring Devices:
Range finders and GPS devices are allowed, as long as they measure distance only.
6 & Under and 7-8 age categories have the following ‘Academy Rules‘; these are designed to keep the game fun, to stop younger players becoming demoralised and keep play moving:
- 10-Shot maximum per hole; pick up after 10 shots (including puts).
- After 3 failed shots to escape a bunker, players may take a free drop to the side of the hazard, only counting the 3 failed shots.
- All water hazards are considered ‘Lateral’, so take a penalty drop to the side of the hazard where possible, but should a stream cross the hole, a drop may be taken on the other side of the hazard (meaning players don’t have to hit over the water a second time).
- Out of Bounds is considered a ‘Lateral Hazard’, so drop a ball back in play 2 club lengths from where the original shot crossed the boundary, with a 1-shot penalty.
- Caddies may help tee the ball up when playing from the tee, although lining up is not permitted (rule 10.2b, as above). Caddies may mark their player’s ball on the green and help them tee up; it is hoped that players will learn these skills as they play on the Tour.