The National Golf Club Challenge
In support of Help for Heroes
The idea for the National Golf Club Challenge was born out of wanting to assist the excellent Help for Heroes charity. Our solution was to organise a national golf competition in which every golfer in the United Kingdom could participate.
The Challenge will bring thousands of golfers together in June 2012 across golf clubs up and down the UK – to show support for our injured armed forces.
The 2012 Challenge
Every golf club in the United Kingdom is invited to enter their club in to the 2012 National Golf Club Challenge.
The aim of the Challenge is to find The Help for Heroes National Golf Club Champions 2012. At the same time raising much needed funds for the Help for Heroes charity.
How the Challenge Works
The Challenge is to encourage every golf club in the UK to host their own fundraising stableford competition (played from the club's official competition tees) in aid of Help for Heroes.
The challenge will be split into a Mens event and Ladies event – with two separate scores returned from each club that holds a mixed event.
Each club who has formally entered the Challenge will be required to return their top 10 mens stableford scores and the top 5 ladies scores to the challenge organisers (on the official results form). Scores must be returned from both the mens and ladies section (if applicable), together with the fundraising cheque.
The top 10 scores from the MENS section and top 5 LADIES scores will then count as the club's official aggregate score for the Mens and Ladies sections. Each club's official aggregate score will be counted against standard scratch and Par.
The Mens Section
The ten best players on the day from the top 3 clubs in the country will be invited to The 2012 Men's Section Grand Final.
As an insentive, the fourth club in the national final will consist of the Men's team from the top fundraising golf club.
The National Golf Club Challenge 2012 Champions will then be crowned and will hold the title for the next 12 months.
The Ladies Section
The five best players on the day from the top 3 clubs in the country will be invited to The 2012 Ladeis Section Grand Final.
As an insentive, the fourth club in the national final will consist of the Ladies team from the top fundraising golf club.
Please note, you are not required to have a mens and ladies team in order to take part in The National Golf Club Challenge. You can enter a mens team only, or a ladies team only, or both.
The Challenge is a national event and will be scored using the Stableford scoring system.
This will require each club to identify the Par and SSS of each course played (if a mixed event held) which will identify what any one individual will need to achieve to 'play to handicap'. For example, Par 72, SSS 71 player needs to achieve 37 points to play to handicap. These are then added together to give you the Club score. This can be adjusted from the Par/SSS of the course (total club score - Par/SSS x 10).
In the case of a tie the Challenge organisers will use the following method to produce a full and correct leaderboard.
In the first instance, the course played with the higher standard scratch score shall take any tie. After which the organising committee will apply the following:
- The top score and the poorest score from the 10 qualifying scores will be omitted and the club's score will be found from the 8 remaining scores.
- The top two scores and the poorest two scores from the 10 qualifying scores will be omitted and the club's score will be found from the 6 remaining scores.
- The top three scores and the poorest three scores from the 10 qualifying scores will be omitted and the club's score will be found from the 4 remaining scores.
- The top four scores and the poorest four scores from the 10 qualifying scores will be omitted and the club's score will be found from the 2 remaining scores.
What is Expected From Each Golf Club?
1. Each golf club entering the Challenge will be asked to host its own fundraising competition on a weekend of their choice within the month of June 2012, in support of Help for Heroes.
Please note: Your entry into the National Golf Club Challenge charity event can be incorporated into an existing competition or tournament within June 2012 – simply convert your scores to Stapleford (if required) and include your Help for Heroes fundraising activities on or around your chosen date in June.
If demand is exceptionally high, the event can be spread over two days to cope with the numbers but the top scores must be taken from across both days. The Challenge team cannot accept two entries from the same golf club.
2. Each golf club – after obtaining permission from the club secretary or management committee – will need to select the person, or team of people who will take responsibility for organising their National Golf Club Challenge charity golf event.
3. To enter the National Golf Club Challenge, each golf club must fill out and submit the registration form here (not on the Help for Heroes website). Please note, there is no charge associated with participating in the Challenge.
4. Each golf club will manage and administer their own Help for Heroes charity golf day and raise funds in any way they see fit. This will include organising all the entries from their membership, to organising fundraising activities and prizes for the day.
5. Each club must have their own insurance and liability cover in place. The Challenge organisers will not accept any liability for loss or injury incurred whilst participating in the National Golf Club Challenge.
6. Each club must play to the rules of golf laid down by The R & A.
7. Each golf club must play their fundraising competition from their normal competition tees and only one standard scratch score for each section (Mens + Ladies) can be accepted.
All competitors must play the same course without exception. If your event is a mixed event, two sets of results must be produced and must include 10 scores for the mens section and 5 scores for the ladies section.
8. Each club must decide on their own entrance fee. It is not dictated by the Challenge team. The main aim of the National Golf Club Challenge is to raise one million pounds for the Help for Heroes charity. The top fundraising golf club will win an automatic place in the grand final.
9. Once completed, each golf club must return the following to the Challenge team from each section (Mens & Ladies if mixed event held):
- The official results form.
- The official golf event registration document.
- The Golf Club's official fundraising cheque made payable to 'National Golf Club Challenge'. The Challenge will then pay the combined amount to Help for Heroes.
- Any champagne moments (optional): Anything out of the ordinary/funny/ridiculous that happens will be put before the Challenge organisers and a prize will be won for The National Golf Club Challenge 2011 champagne moment.
The National Golf Club Challenge website provides some resources, help and ideas to help make your event a success. However, it is not written in stone, if your golf club has a better way of organising your particular day, then please do so. The main aim is to raise as much money as possible for the Help for Heroes charity.