The ELCGA run four KOs competitions for players who are members of affiliated clubs and no player may represent more than one club during the course of the competition.
There are three individual competitions with the handicap index categories
+ = 15.4 (Gold) 15.5-21.4 (Silver) and 21.5 -36.4 (Bronze).
There is a HiLo Foursomes competition. Players must be aged over 18 on the 1st January in the current competition year. Players must be from the same club and the handicap index categories are:
- Low handicap index player - 9.5 - 24.4
- High handicap index player - 24.5 - 45.4
Each competiton is limited to 64 players/pairs. Each round is drawn and in the first round the player at the top of the draw gets home advantage. In subsequent rounds home and away will be drawn. However a player will have no more than two consecutive home draws. Matches are played over 18 holes with full handicap difference (HiLo - 1/2 difference between aggregate handicaps of each side). Semi Final and the Final are played on neutral courses.
Entry for these KOs is made on-line and a CDH number must be provided on sign-up. These competitions are very popular and early entry is recommended to be sure of a place.
The ELCGA holds three Open 18 hole Stableford Meetings each year. One for players within the + to 20.4 handicap index range, one for players within the 20.5 to 36.4 handicap index ranges and another for Senior players aged 60+. Individual and aggregated prizes are awarded. Entry for these competitions is made on-line a CDH Number must be provided on sign-up.
Spring County Open Meeting: Handicaps 18.5 to 36.4. Individual Stableford. The McClure Bowl to be played for as arranged by the Management Committee.
Autumn County Open Meeting: Handicap index + to 18.4. Individual Stableford. The Raphael Bowl and Barber Salver to be played for as arranged by the Management Committee.
Seniors’ County Open Meetings: (60+ years at date of competition) Played off handicap – Qualifying. Ladies in Senior Category C or D may use a buggy if they wish.
Essex Ladies' County Championship
Played off scratch and open to Handicap indexes 18.4 and below. There is an initial 36‐hole qualifying stage with the best 16 going forward to the KO out stage.
Senior Ladies' County Championship
Played off scratch, players must be 50+ years at date of entry. There is a 18‐hole qualifying round, depending on numbers the best 16 or 8 to qualify for matchplay stage.
Junior County Championships
Junior Girls must be under 18 or under 15 on the 1st January of the current year.
There is 36 hole scratch stroke-play Championship for girls under 18 and under 15 with maximum handicap index of 29.4. There is scratch and handicap prize. Girls with handicap indexes 29.5-36.4 can take part in a 18 hole Stableford Competition.
Entry for these competition is made on-line and a CDH Number must be provided on sign-up.
The ELCGA runs three KO competitions for junior girls. The Logan Trophy, The Hitchcock Trophy and the Hunter Foursomes. Entry for these competitions is made on line and a CDH Number must be provided on sign-up. NB; caddies are not allowed for any Junior competition.
Logan Trophy – Played off Handicap
Open to Junior Girls (under 18 on 1st January of the current year) – no limit on number of entries per club.
Handicap index limit: Maximum 17.5.
Format: Singles Matchplay. Knockout, played off full handicap difference.
Each round is drawn. Semi‐finals and final held on neutral courses to be advised by County KO Organsier
Hitchcock Trophy – Played off Handicap
Open to Juniors (under 18 on 1st January of the current year) – no limit on number of entries per club.
Handicap index limit: Between 18.5 and 36.4
Format: Singles Matchplay. Knockout, played off handicap.
E ach round is drawn. Semi‐finals and final held on neutral courses to be advised by County KO Organiser
Hunter Foursomes – Played off Handicap
Pairs consist of a lady and a junior girl from the same club – no limit on the number of pairs per club.
Handicap index limits: Ladies maximum of 23.5 Juniors maximum of 36.4
Age limits: Ladies aged 25 or over, Junior under 18 on 1st January of the current year.
Format: Foursomes matchplay. Knockout, played off handicap -
1/2 difference between aggregate handicaps of each side
Each round is drawn. Semi‐finals and final held on neutral courses to be advised by County KO Organiser
Three 18‐hole stroke‐play meetings for girls who are under 18 on 1 January of the current year.
One stroke‐play meeting for girls with handicap index over 29.5 which is played inconjunction with the Girls’ Championships.
Scratch and handicap prizes.
Meal included in entry fee.
The ELCGA run four Inter-Club team competitions. The Silver Shield, The Silver Trophy, The Bronze Shield, and The Harris Bowl. Entry forms are sent to clubs in July for the following year's competition.
Initially teams play in a league with the winners going through to a knock-out stage.
The draw for leagues takes place at the Delegates' meeting each September.
No player shall represent more than one club in any competition.
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In addition to the Team Competitions the ELCGA run an Inter-Club Foursomes Competition - The Munro Foursomes. The Munro Foursomes Trophy was presented to the ELCGA by Mrs Olive Munro in 1950 when she was County Champion.
The Munro is a KO foursomes competition played off scratch. One entry per club. The two players may be changed at any time during the competition.
The preliminary rounds are played on fixed dates over 18 holes on neutral courses. The Final is played over 36 holes also on neutral course.
Entry forms for the Munro Foursomes are sent to clubs in July for the following year's competition.
The Windfall Trophy was first played for in 2000 when it was won by Maggie Pattison from Boyce Hill.
As it’s name suggests The Windfall Trophy came about as a result of a ‘windfall’ which the ELCGA received from The Halifax Building back in the late 1990s when some building societies were re-inventing themselves into banks. The windfall was substantial and it was decided that a trophy should be commissioned and played for by the members of the ELCGA. A local silversmith created a very beautiful water jug that comes with its own wooden box. The silversmith was very keen that it should be used for its original purpose and not just sit on a shelf to be admired as he was of the view that the odd dent here or there would show that it WAS used and enjoyed.
So each club holds a qualifying round, 18 holes Stableford, and the winner from each club takes part in the final held in early October as arranged by ELCGA. If the winner is unable to play in the final then the player with the next best score who is available can go forward. ( Click here for entry details)
The First Team is selected following the Ladies@ County Championship and then participates in the East Region Inter‐County Match Week playing each of the other five counties on a separate day in one week, usually in June. The format of each match is three foursomesmatches in the morning and six singles matches in the afternoon all played off scratch.
If Essex win the East Region Inter‐County Match Week they progress to the England County Finals and will play the winners of the five other England regions during the course of one week which is usually in September. The format is the same as that of the East Region Inter‐County Match Week all played off scratch.
Friendly warm‐up scratch matches are held early in the season against counties outside the East Region.
The Second Team plays individual day matches against 3 of the other East Region Counties. All counties play their third and final match on the same day at the same course. The format of each match is three foursomes matches in the morning and six singles matches in the afternoon all played off scratch.
Friendly warm‐up matches are held early in the season against counties outside the East Region.
The Seniors Team plays matches against two of the East Region counties, the format is singles match‐play against Hertfordshire and Norfolk.
The seniors have now entered the Larson Bowl league which includes Sussex, Surrey, Middlesex and Kent. These matches are played with a team of six playing singles match play.
The team points are calculated on how many individual matches are won over the four matches, the team with the most individual wins, will win the league and receives the Larson Bowl. The Larson Bowl is then presented at Finals Day.
A Seniors Team of 4 players is selected to compete in the Inter‐Counties Team Championship (10 counties). The format is singles medal play off scratch with the best three scores counting.
On Finals Day all players that have represented Essex are invited of play in a Fun Golf Day.
The Junior Team plays the other East Region Counties at Junior County Match Week during August. The format is 6 singles against each county.
A junior team is also selected to play in a Team Stableford Cup against the other East Region Counties. The team comprises 6 players each having a handicap in a set handicap range. The format is an 18‐hole Stableford off handicap, with the best 4 individual scores counting towards the Team Score.
ELCGA January 2021