Suffolk Golf Union
SUFFOLK ORDER OF MERIT COMPETITION – Rules 2019
Suffolk Order of Merit (Dick Berendt Salver)
Over recent years we have seen a reduction of entries into Order of Merit events and occasionally the winner has been decided after very few events. With so many events available (see below), it has been decided to change the format from 2018 to encourage greater participation maintaining interest through to the final event at the Aldeburgh Golf Club in October. The revised format started in 2018, taking into account all the events any Suffolk club may wish to run as an Order of Merit event. The top 20 scratch players and the top 16 handicap leading players will be invited to participate in the ‘Race to Aldeburgh’ finals day where the Suffolk Order of Merit champion will be crowned alongside other winners on the day.
The Order of Merit will be called the ‘Race to Aldeburgh’
The qualifying events will be known as the ‘The Woodward Markwell Series’
The qualifying events are:
Suffolk Foursomes Championship
Suffolk Amateur Championship
Suffolk Open Championship
Suffolk Junior Championship
Suffolk Seniors Championship
Amateur Foursomes A
Amateur Championship A
Open Championship A
Seniors Championship C
Junior Championship A
Rushmere Vase (Rushmere) B
Eastern Counties Cup (Woodbridge) B
Silver Barrel (Ipswich) B
Seaton Robson (Aldeburgh) B
Fishing Smack (Rookery Park) B
Sir John Drughorn (Gorleston) B
Coronation Cup (Felixstowe Ferry) B
Duncan Masters (Fynn Valley) B
Green King (Seckford) B
Silver Frigate (18) (Thorpeness) C
Individual Suffolk Clubs Club Championship
Qualifying for Category Status
A SGU County Championship (Half points per player for Amateur Foursomes)
B 36-hole event with a minimum field of 40 players or Cat A events with less than 40 players
C 18-hole event or Cat B event with less than 40 players
D Individual Club Championships (Top 5 scratch results only)
Categories Scratch and Handicap
A 200, 180, 160, 140, 120, 100, 80, 60, 40, 20
B 100, 90, 80, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10
C 50, 45, 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5
D 40, 35, 30, 25, 20
Handicap points will have the same criteria with the exception of Category D
The top 20 leading scratch and top 16 handicap points scorers will play the final stroke-play event, over 18 holes at the Aldeburgh Golf Club
A league table will be maintained on the Suffolk Golf Union website for both scratch and handicap categories. The list of finalists will be notified after the final Woodward Markwell qualifying event.
Entry will be via the Suffolk Golf Union website with an online payment of £10 before the player’s first event or any Suffolk Golf Union Championship.
The final will be played under the rules of the England Golf Hard Card.
The Suffolk Order of Merit for the Dick Berendt Salver will be the player with the highest number of points from the Woodward Markwell Series including the final.
The Senior Order of Merit for the (tbc) will be awarded to the leading senior golfer with the highest number of points from the Woodward Markwell Series including the final.
The Junior Order of Merit for the David Houston Salver will be awarded to the leading junior golfer with the highest number of points from the Woodward Markwell Series including the final.
The winner of the Dick Berendt Salver will have his entry and mileage paid into an England Golf Championship. To be eligible, players must play in the final event at Aldeburgh and meet the England Golf qualifying conditions for the respective national championship.
The contact for this competition is Paddy Lockwood (07884313898)