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Is it acceptable for a committee to declare all competitions played through the winter months as non qualifying?
To permit the UHS to operate as intended, all competitions should be run, whenever possible, as Qualifying Competitions. A number of dispensations for winter play have been granted by CONGU® to encourage this, including preferred lies and use of artificial mats. If course the course is in a suitable condition for play, it should be a qualifier
You say should be run as non qualifying. So there is nothing to stop a committee declaring all winter competitions as non qualifying then.
"You say should be run as non qualifying. "
Where did I say that?
The use of the above virtually gtees a flat lie for every shot as it says "if the ball rolls off the mat you move it to the NP not nearer where the ball will remain on the Mat", this could be several yards away if the ball initially stops on a sloping part of the fairway, these mats being allowed to help keep Comps Qualifying as often as possible.
Yet, then state that applying the R&A approved Local Rule that allows a ball to be lifted thro the green to specifically to clean lumps of mud from it and REPLACED in the exact lie lifted from then makes the comps non qualifying.
how does this help keep the comps qualifyiers - where is the logic in this.
Sorry I didn't make myself clear by using the word SHOULD be run as qualifying competitions this means a committee still has the right to allow all winter golf to be played as non qualifying competitions
I would suggest that if conditions are suitable for qualifiers and a club insists on running comps as non qualifiers, EG would have words to say. EG (and CONGU) do not approve of clubs or players wilfully ignoring the sprit of the system.
Poorish (but not desperate) conditions generally result in ROs so good performances are recognised
Seniors are running their comps as non qualifying throughout the winter and it has been suggested we, the ladies should do the same!!
Two wrongs don't make right.
see posts on above under tyre tracks