The Pearson Trophy is open to all members of clubs affiliated to England Golf
In Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex and Surrey
When entering the Pearson Trophy clubs must agree to follow the R & A Rules and Regulations of the Competition and participate in a matter, which is perceived to be fair to all clubs.
REGULATIONS FOR 2019-2020
1.Clubs should send entries on the official form, together with the entry fee, to the
Member of the Committee of Management representing their County. The
Committee of Management reserves the right to refuse entry to any club for any
reason and without explanation.
Matches may commence from November 1st 2019.
2.The competition shall be played from current CONGU Playing Handicaps 13 to 34
inclusive. Matches will be played off full difference of handicap, as stipulated by
CONGU. All players must have a competition (c) handicaps.
3.Clubs in each County shall be divided into divisions and, where necessary, into sub-
divisions as decided by the County Manager. Each club must play home and away
fixtures against all other clubs in the division or sub-division.
Practise rounds are not compulsory.
4.Teams shall consist of seven per side. In the County Finals and Inter-County
Finals the teams shall consist of seven players plus two reserves.
5.A player who is a member of more than one club may choose which club she
wishes to represent during the season but may not play in the Pearson Trophy
Matches for any other club. She must be a Member of the club she represents.
6.Captains making home fixtures for all matches must offer the away Captain a
Minimum of three dates, or more if possible. One of these dates must be
accepted by the away Captain. Both captains have agreed once a date
That date cannot be altered unless the course is closed or both Captains agree
that the weather and/or course conditions are too dangerous for play.
If the away Captain cannot agree a date, her team must withdraw from the
Competition and all previous results will become null and void.
(in the group stages) and a walkover given in the knockout stages.
In the Knockout stages, Home Captains must contact their opposing Captain
no later than the end of the first week of the new round and offer a minimum
of three dates for their match, no more than two dates in the same week.
7. Caddie will be allowed as per R & A Rule 10.3.
Players must not have a caddie, except for the County and Inter-County finals.
A player may have a caddie in accordance with rule 10.3 in the County and Inter-
County finals, but any caddie must not be a professional or an assistant professional
golfer. The player gets the general penalty for each hole in which she is in breach of
this rule of golf.
8. A player shall walk at all times unless permitted to ride by the Management
a) A registered disabled player may use a buggy in all Pearson Trophy
b) A player who is recovering from a long-term illness/injury or who has a
medical condition may use a buggy in all Pearson Trophy Matches provided the player produces a Medical Certificate, prior to playing in the competition.
The County Manager must be informed prior to the date of play.
This information will be held in strict confidence.
c) If a player needs any assistance to play her match for any medical reason, she
should approach the county manager and may have a marker allotted.
d) The Management committee adopts the England Golf, policy on the use of
Golf buggies and Golf Course Traffic Policy- Best Practice Guidance.
9. Distance Measuring Devices are allowed. Player must abide by the R & A rule 4.
10. Each player must inform the Captain of her current CONGU Playing Handicap and should be able to produce an up-to-date CONGU Playing Handicap when required to do so. If any player plays from the wrong handicap, her match and any other match affected through incorrect placing shall be conceded, giving a walkover to the opposing players.
a) Captains must exchange Team Lists, in playing handicap order, no later than 15 minutes before the agreed starting time for the match. After the exchange of lists no substitution is permitted. Should any player fail to be on the 1st tee within 45 minutes from the time fixed for the first pair to start, her opponent shall score a walkover.
b) Any club unable to play any of the scheduled matches must withdraw from the competition and all of their previous matches will be cancelled. If a club is unable to field a team of seven, a minimum of four may play, conceding a walkover for each missing player.
11. Matches must not be played on a Saturday or Sunday. A match may start from the 10th tee if it is the chosen 1st tee of the day as long as the opposition captain is advised that this is the case and shall be played from the RED tees of the day over 18 holes. If a match is tied after the final hole, the match must be extended one hole at a time until there is a winner, with handicap strokes given by hole in the same way as in the round.
12. All matches shall be played in accordance with the R & A Rules of Golf and any local rules and temporary Rules that are in place on the day of the fixture.
13. If, due to bad weather, it has not been possible to complete all individual matches on the day, the following procedures will apply:
a) The results of completed matches stand and the incomplete matches are declared null and void. The Captains must agree on a day, on which the outstanding matches can be replayed, with each team free to alter the original team. No player who took part in a completed individual match may take part in any of the matches to be replayed.
b) If no individual matches have been completed, the match is declared null and void. It must be replayed at the earliest opportunity, with each team free to alter its original team.
14. If a course is undergoing or about to undergo alterations, the County Manager must be informed. The revised yardage(s) must be provided in writing for the visiting team on the day of the match. Matches cannot be played on a course with more than six temporary greens and the hole must be of regulation size. The decision of the County Manager as to whether a club is eligible to enter the competition for that season is final.
15. All matches must be played within the time limit and under no circumstances will any extension be allowed. In very adverse weather conditions, the Captain of the home team must check with the Secretary or Management that the course is officially closed before cancelling a match and offering a suitable replay date. However, a match may also be postponed in bad weather provided both Captains agree and can find a mutually convenient date on which to play.
16. The Captain of the winning team must forward, by post or email, the full result on the official form, signed by both Captains, to the County Manager to arrive within three days of the date of the match.
17. The County Manager shall be notified immediately of any protest or dispute. The Captain must inform the opposing Captain of her intention to protest and must forward a written account to arrive within three days of the match. The Pearson Trophy Committee of Management, whose decision is final, shall settle all disputes.
18. The highest number of team matches won shall decide winners of divisions or sub-divisions. Ties will then be decided by the highest number of games won and a further tie by the highest number of points won, as follows: e.g.
Win by 6/4 = 6 points to winner
Win by 2 holes = 2 points to winner
Win beyond 18th hole = 1 point to winner
Disqualification or walkover = 1 point to winner
The highest number of away points won shall decide any further tie. In the event of all the above options being tied, there will be a play-off on a neutral course.
19. The County Finals shall be played by July 17th. The Inter-County Finals shall be played by July 31st and will be on a course in each County by rotation, the date and course being agreed annually by the Management Committee. The venue will not change in the event of the home team qualifying. The Finals shall be a knockout tournament, the order of play being decided by automatic draw. Once a clear result has been reached, unfinished matches may be called in.
20. The Pearson Trophy shall be held by the winning club for one year. The winning club must be responsible for the insurance of the Trophy during that period and for its engraving.