1. The competition, over Pitlochry Golf Course, shall be open to all gentlemen Amateur Golfers as approved by the R&A.
2. Competitors must lodge their contact details with the Tournament Secretary, together with a note of their handicap, certified by the Secretary of their own 'Home' club. The handicap limit is 28 (also open to those under 18 years of age on the first day of qualifying and holding a recognised playing handicap of 9 or less). Entries will be accepted until Friday 29th July, or earlier if the limit of 200 has been reached.
3. There will be an entry fee of £90, which must be sent with a completed entry form. Pitlochry Golf Club Full members are entitled to a discounted entry fee of £40, Country members £60, and International members £60. Please make cheques payable to 'Pitlochry Golf Ltd'. Entrants will have the courtesy of the golf course at Pitlochry Golf from Sunday to Friday.
4. On the afternoon of Saturday 6th, there will be a chance to play in a Texas Scramble format competition with other Highland Open competitors. This event will have a Shotgun start commencing at 4pm with a chance to enter on the entry form. The cost for this additional competition is £10pp which includes a buffet meal after play and the draw for playing partners and tees will be posted on the website in due course. The winning team will win vouchers totalling £60.
5. On Sunday 7th, a competition for the George Hogg Memorial Trophy (Handicap) and the John 'Puff' Rutherford Memorial Trophy (Scratch) will be played. The winners will receive a miniature cup. On the morning of Wednesday 10th a competition will be held at Blair Atholl Golf Club for all non qualifiers with the winner receiving the Blair Athol Cup and in the afternoon, at Pitlochry Golf Club, there is a Stableford sweepstake competition (non qualifying for handicap purposes) for those not involved in the match play stages of the main event, with the winner receiving an appropriate amount of sweep money. On Thursday 11th, for competitors no longer in the match play, a competition will be played for the Bill Blair Trophy and on the morning of Friday 12th there will be 4Ball better ball competition for those who are still keen to get another round in before the end of the event.
6. The George Hogg competition, both qualifying rounds and the Bill Blair Trophy competitions are qualifiers for handicap and strict CONGU rules will be observed. Tee times for these ancillary competitions can be either booked on the entry form or by contacting the Pro Shop team through the week when competitors are certain that they have NOT qualified for any match play section.
7. a) Two qualifying rounds of 18 holes for the matchplay competitions will be played: the first on Monday 8th, and the second one on Tuesday 9th, for scratch and handicap prizes as follows (the lowest aggregate over two rounds to count).
Scratch prizes value - £120, £90, £65, £45, £30, £20. Handicap prizes value - £95, £70, £45, £35, £25, £15.
b) Trophies will be awarded to the best scratch and best under 21 years scratch qualifiers. In the event of ties in the qualifying rounds for places in the match play sections, the result of the second round will be taken, and if still a tie, the last nine holes of the second round will be taken, the last six holes of the second round and so on. NB – if a competitor wins a prize in both sections, he will be awarded the one of greater value.
8. a) Scratch - Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th and Friday 12th. The 16 players with the lowest aggregate Scratch Scores will play for the late Colonel Butter’s Challenge Cup, with a final of 36 holes. In this draw, the top 8 players will be seeded. The winner receives a prize value of £350 and a miniature cup; the runner-up will receive a prize value of £235; the two semi-finalists, a prize value of £100 each with the four quarter finalists receiving a prize value of £50 each.
b) Handicap - Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th and Friday 12th. Of those not qualifying for the Challenge Cup, the 16 players with the lowest aggregate Nett Scores will play off by match play (under handicap) for the Handicap Cup; with a final of 18 holes. The winner receives prize value of £210 and a miniature cup; the runner-up will receive prize value of £120; the two semi-finalists, prize value £60 each; the four quarter finalists will receive prize value of £30 each.
c) Over 55's - Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th and Friday 12th. The 16 players with the lowest aggregate net scores, to play off by match play (under handicap) towards a final of 18 holes and will receive a prize fund of; £140 for the winner, £70 for the runner-up , two vouchers of £35 each to the losing semni-finalists. The winner will receive a trophy. NB –Those who are eligible to enter this section, must notify the Tournament Secretary prior to the first qualifying round of their intention to play in this section, should they qualify. Please note scratch qualifying takes precedence over 55 and handicap qualifying.
d) Plate/ Consolation - Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th and Friday 12th. Of those not qualifying for any of the above sections, the 16 players with the lowest aggregate Nett Scores in handicap category 0 - 12 and also the 16 players with the lowest aggregate Nett Scores in handicap category 13 and above, will play off by match play (under handicap) for the Plate Section 1 and Plate Section 2 Cups; with a final of 18 holes. The winner receives a prize value of £60 and a miniature cup; the runner-up will receive a prize value of £40 and the two semi-finalists a prize value of £20 each in each section.
9. Transportation. It shall be a condition of this competition that players must walk at all times during a stipulated round, unless permission to ride a golf cart/buggy has been authorised by a member of the Tournament Committee.
If a player wishes to use a golf cart/buggy he must:
- Provide a valid medical certificate of disability and/or be over the age of 55 years at start of Tournament.
- Request to use the golf cart/buggy prior to the start of the competition.
Due to a limited amount of buggies priority will be given to competitors with a confirmed disability before anyone aged 55 years or over in the qualifying medal rounds and ONLY to those with a confirmed disability in the match play stages.
The penalty for a breach of this condition is detailed under the specimen Condition on page 159 of the Rules of Golf 2016
10. Tee times for all ancillary competitions are bookable at the Pro Shop on a first come first served basis.
11. The committee reserve the right to reject any entry, and to alter and amend any of the foregoing rules, and to decide finally, any dispute which may arise in connection with the tournament. They also reserve the right to alter the format of the tournament, as laid out, should the tournament be affected by inclement weather.
12. All competitors are invited to enter a Pitlochry Golf Club medal round for the Calder Cup, on Saturday 13th August, at a member’s guest rate of £12. Names and entry can be given to the Golf Club secretary during the tournament week.
13. Refunds of entry into this tournament will NOT be considered after Saturday 28th July.