WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION

FEDERAÇÃO PORTUGUESA DE GOLFE

To all Affiliated Members
of the Portuguese Golf Federation
Lisbon, 10th August 2020
OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION Nº 03/20
WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM
The Portuguese Golf Federation would like to inform all its members that
the “WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM”, which was ratified on the 4th of August
2020 Board meeting, comes into force on the 19th of August 2020.
With this new Regulation coming into force, the EGA Handicap System is
revoked.
The World Handicap System includes the Rules of Handicapping, in its
edition for Portugal, and the Course Rating System. The file is available
for printing in the Portuguese Golf Federation website:
http://portal.fpg.pt/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/WHS-Rules-ofHandicapping-Portugal-EN.pdf
The implementation in Portugal includes the additional technical
appendices, namely the Procedures on the Rules of Handicapping in
Portugal – Appendix P. Appendix RIO and Appendix Institutional Members
remain in force, with the necessary adaptations.

With the implementation of the World Handicap System, and on a
transitional basis, any regulatory references made to the EGA Handicap
System will be deemed to have been made to the new Regulation.
The Regulation and other technical supporting documents are available
on the official website of the Portuguese Golf Federation at:
http://portal.fpg.pt/handicaps/handicap/sistema-de-handicap/worldhandicap-system/
[Handicaps -> Handicap -> Sistema de Handicap Mundial (WHS)->
English Version].
For any further clarification, please contact the Algarve Delegation of the
Portuguese Golf Federation (handicaps@fpg.pt / 289 391 415)

RACE TO BUDENS JULY 2020

1 Rie Cherubini   0
2 Mark Arundel     75
3 Carol Newland     93
4 Ian Galloway     100
5 Duane Wessels     105
6 Ivor Newland     117
7 Janice Galloway     126
8 Brian Newsham     130
9 Malcolm Berry     135
10 Brigitte Beck     142
11 Mary Berry     144
12 Michael Abbott     157
13 John Brodie     181
14 Filipe Da Silva     193
15 Jim Brennan     199
16 Graham Harries     200
17 Jim Reid     204
18 Allan Pooley     204
19 Michael Shropshall     205
20 Phil Russell        207

RACE TO BUDENS JUNE 2020

Top 20 Places

1 Rie Cherubini   0
2 Carol Newland     23
3 Mark Arundel     43
4 Ivor Newland     47
5 Ian Galloway     77
6 Malcolm Berry     77
7 Mary Berry     86
8 Duane Wessels     91
9 Janice Galloway     91
10 Michael Abbott     97
11 John Brodie     117
12 Filipe Da Silva     122
13 Graham Harries     133
14 Brian Newsham     133
15 Brigitte Beck     134
16 Allan Pooley     135
17 Michael Shropshall     145
18 Gloria Pooley     145
19 Phil Russell        149
20 Paul Anthony     149

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 2020 UPDATE

Dear members

We have managed to rearrange a couple of our board events and hope that we can see the year through with no further delays. Any updates will be posted on our events page. In the mean time please remember to abide by the rules and restrictions in these difficult times so we can all stay safe and enjoy our golf.

Your committee 

UPDATE ON CLUB COMPETITIONS

Dear Members and Guests

As restrictions start to ease, we are keen to welcome back our returning members, guests and visitors to our club competitions. However, the hard-won progress that has been made in keeping infections of the virus to low levels here on the Algarve must not be thrown away now.

We can all play our competitions safely by following a few simple rules – none of which are new or unfamiliar, but all of which are doubly important now as borders open and players arrive from other countries.

 

Entry and Cards

 

  • Competition entry sheets are available inside the golf shop – competitions will be played as per the schedule on the club website
  • Entry fees are to be paid as normal in the golf shop. 2’s will start as of the 17th of June. Minimum pay out of €10 rule is not in place until further notice.
  • No cards are to be signed or exchanged by the player, only the marker. So, in singles or 2 balls you write the names on the card of your fellow competitors, not your own. At the end of the round the cards are to be checked verbally hole by hole and then signed by the marker. Please don’t forget to check handicaps, there will be no handicap sheet on the board for the time being so members must check your handicaps on-line.
  • Until at least the 1st of July cards are to be put in the score card box which will be located on the window in the club hut. There will also be an A3 sheet attached to the hut for you to write in your score and 2´s (if you have paid in). The cards will be checked 48hrs later and then the final results will be posted on the website as normal

 

In Play

 

  • Golf lends itself to Social Distancing very well, please remember to keep 2 metres apart wherever possible at all times. Please follow all instructions and requirements from GSA staff as appropriate
  • Flagsticks should not be removed, to count as holed, part of the ball must be in the hole below the putting surface. Simply hitting the flagpole is not sufficient
  • Bunker rakes have been removed, please use your club to smooth the bunker as much as possible. If your ball is in a footprint etc, you may lift and place the ball no nearer the hole.
  • The water supply in the shed will still remain closed and committee members ONLY are allowed in the shed.

 

Prizegiving

 

  • Where possible, prizegiving will take place on the terrace after the competition ends. Results will be posted on-line also as above. Please observe all Terrace rules on capacity and distancing. We will update you early in July.

Enjoy your golf

Your Captain

Brian.

LOCAL RULE – PREFERRED LIES ON THE 13TH FAIRWAY

As of the 3rd of June in all competitions the ball may be lifted, cleaned and placed on the 13th FAIRWAY ONLY.  

Play safe

The committee.

COMPETITION RESUMES 3RD OF JUNE

Dear members
Great news, we received an e mail on Friday afternoon from the FPG announcing that all competition golf can be resumed as of the 1st of June.
-Our first competition will be Wednesday the 3rd of June, the competitions will be played according to the existing schedule. The competition entry sheets are currently on a provisional club board outside the pro shop but please bring your own pencil and rubber to write with. Tee times are available from 11:00h-13:30h.
-No cards are to be signed or exchanged by the player, only the marker. So, in singles or 2 balls you write the names on the card of your fellow competitors, not your own. At the end of the round the cards are to be checked verbally hole by hole and then signed by the marker. Please don’t forget to check handicaps, there will be no handicap sheet on the board for the time being so you must check your handicaps on line.
-Until the 15th of June cards are to be put in the score card box which will be located on the window in the club hut. There will also be an A3 sheet attached to the hut for you to write in your score. The results will be announced on the day by our Captain at prize giving. The cards will be checked 48hrs later and then the final results will be posted on the website as normal. ONLY COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE HUT, if you wish to speak to the captain please do so from the window.
-Singles will be counted as qualifiers. To count as holed, part of the ball must be in the hole below the putting surface. Simply hitting the flag pole is not sufficient
– Entry fee to be paid in the pro shop. As the cards are not being handled on the day their will be NO 2´s for the time being, this will be reviewed later in the month.
-The water supply in the shed will still remain closed.
-The club house will be open also from the 18th May and Mario has asked if we could all please respect the rules, no exceptions. The safer we stay the better for us all in the long run.

Good luck and play safe

Michael on behalf of Your Committee

LATEST ON COMPETITION SCORE CARDS AND PRIZE GIVING

Dear members

We would like to inform you of a few changes as our Captain Brian feels that we should have prize giving on competition days and he has decided to donate prizes until the 15th of June when hopefully we will be back to normality, a very generous gesture.

-Competition golf will resume as of the 24th of May, the competitions will be played according to the existing schedule. The competition entry sheets are currently on a provisional club board outside the pro shop but please bring your own pencil and rubber to write with. Tee times are available from 11:00h-13:30h.

-No cards are to be signed or exchanged by the player, only the marker. So, in singles or 2 balls you write the names on the card of your fellow competitors, not your own. At the end of the round the cards are to be checked verbally hole by hole and then signed by the marker. Please don’t forget to check handicaps, there will be no handicap sheet on the board for the time being so you must check your handicaps on line.

-Until the 15th of June cards are to be put in the score card box which will be located on the window in the club hut. There will also be an A3 sheet attached to the hut for you to write in your score. The results will be announced on the day by our Captain at prize giving. The cards will be checked 48hrs later and then the final results will be posted on the website as normal. ONLY COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE HUT, if you wish to speak to the captain please do so from the window.

-Singles will be counted as qualifiers. To count as holed, part of the ball must be in the hole below the putting surface. Simply hitting the flag pole is not sufficient

-There will be no competition entry fee or 2´s until after the 15th of June. No vouchers will be given out either. The committee will review the situation weekly and if this changes the Membership will be informed.

-The water supply in the shed will still remain closed.

-The club house will be open also from the 18th May and Mario has asked if we could all please respect the rules, no exceptions. The safer we stay the better for us all in the long run.

Any queries or questions please don’t hesitate to e mail the committee for any information. Thanks again Brian for your generosity and as always stay safe everyone and enjoy your golf.

Michael on behalf of Your Committee

COMPETITION UPDATE

Dear Members

For those of you who have had the privilege to play over the last couple of weeks we hope you have enjoyed your golf. We would like to update you after our latest Zoom chat on the situation going forward.

-Competition golf will resume as of the 24th of May, the competitions will be played according to the schedule. The sheets will be on a provisional club board outside the pro shop but please bring your own pencil and rubber to write with. Tee times are available from 11h-13h.
-No cards are to be signed or exchanged by the player, only the marker. So, in singles or 2 balls you write the names on the card of your fellow competitors, not your own. At the end of the round the cards are to be checked verbally hole by hole and then signed by the marker. The marker then will send the opponents card. Please don’t forget to check handicaps.
-Until the 15th of June cards are to be sent via e-mail or phone to michael.palmeiravillas@sapo.pt or 965325255. For those who are playing within this period I will also start a whatsapp group where you can send me the cards also. Please just let me know before hand and I will add you to the group if you prefer. Cards are to be sent on that afternoon / evening and I will post the results the following day.
-Singles will be counted as qualifiers. To count, part of the ball must be in the hole below the putting surface.
-There will be no entry fee or 2´s until after the 15th of June. No vouchers will be given out either. The committee will review the situation weekly and if this changes the members will be informed.
-The water supply in the shed will still remain closed.

The club house will be open also from the 24th and Mario has asked if we could all please respect the rules, no exceptions. The safer we stay the better for us all in the long run.

Unfortunately, I am sure most of you are aware that the interclub 2020 season has been cancelled. A great shame for Brian as he was so looking forward to it. We are also trying now to re arrange the past Captains day for December around the Christmas comp and also the Club Championships for around October time but we will keep you posted on the dates. The competition on the 15th of June will be a Monthly Medal off the whites.

Let the competition commence but most importantly enjoy your golf in these difficult times.

Your committee

UPDATE ON REOPENING AND COMPETITIONS

Dear Members

As you may be already all aware that as of midnight 3rd of May Portugal will out of the state of emergency and enter a state of calamity which means various lockdown restrictions will be lifted. The good news is that our golf course will be open as of Wednesday the 6th of May with various restrictions and regulations which must be vigorously observed;

1- You must arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your tee time and depart from the course and facilities within 15 minutes of putting out on the 18th. The bar/restaurant will be closed as will the changing rooms. The shop will be marked out according to the restrictions, please respect them.
2- A mask is to be worn in and around the shop at all times. Payments in the shop should be made electronically via credit card or multibanco.
3- Only 2 players are allowed to play at a time and tee times will remain every 10 minutes but please maintain social distancing.
4- If you are a habituating couple you may share a buggy. If not it is 1 buggy per player or the second player has to walk.
5- The flags will be left in and not to be touched. When your ball hits the cup (which will be raised) it will count as being in the hole.
6- Bunkers will have no rakes so please keep them as tidy as possible after your shot using your club to smooth the sand. Consider the players following you. Avoid the bins, ball washers and seating areas.
7- The members drinking water facility will also be out of bounds for the time being and the toilets on the 6th will be closed.
8- The driving range machine will be out of use and balls for the range must be collected in the pro shop. Some of the bays will also be closed off to maintain the social distancing rule.

Competitions are cancelled until further notice. Reservations are to be made via e mail for now at golf.reservations@saresorts.com or you can book by telephone when the shop reopens on Wednesday the 6th May.

Unfortunately the committee has decided to cancel the knockout competition for 2020 as we feel there will not be enough time for this to be completed, especially with travel restrictions. Our major/board competitions from March-July which are the Ralph Griffin Spring Trophy, Taça da Liberdade, Captain v Vice Captain, past Captains, Club Championship and Ladies v Men will all be postponed till the Autumn, restrictions permitting.

Keep safe, enjoy your golf and please respect all the rules.

Your Committee