1. The DMVGA Emerton-Court Trophy is a team knock-out competition played annually between April and October. The winners receive the Emerton-Court Trophy and the runners-up the Harold Lee Memorial Plate. Both trophies are held for one year.
2. Clubs affiliated to Devon Golf Ltd can enter one team into the competition for the following year. Teams consist of ten players and two travelling reserves.
3. Payment of the entry fee for the competition must be made by 30 November. Failure to do so will mean the club cannot take part.
4. The competition draw takes place in early January. It is then published on the DMVGA website and forwarded to Representatives immediately following the draw.
5. Players must have amateur status as defined by the R&A and be full or five day members of their Home Club. A player’s Home Club is the one managing the player’s Handicap Index.
6. Players must be 60 years or over and registered as fully paid up members of the DMVGA before the 1 March in the competition year.
7. Players can represent only their Home Club.
8. All players must be active members of their Home Club’s veterans’ section.
9. They must have played a minimum of three competitions organised by their Home Club’s veterans’ section. These can either be in a format acceptable for handicap purposes under the World Handicap System or inter club matches (excluding Emerton-Court matches) or a combination of both in the preceding 12 months between 1 March and 28/29 February in the competition year.
10. Players must be 60 years or more when playing qualifying competitions and matches to achieve eligibility but these can be played before the person becomes a member of the DMVGA.
11. The maximum WHS Handicap Index for players taking part is 28.4.
12. Representatives and Emerton-Court team Captains must verify the players’ eligibility.
13. New members of a Club’s veterans’ section can play in the competition only after achieving qualification with the new Home Club.
14. With the exception of the final, all matches are played on a home and away basis over 18 holes from the Yellow Tees placed as close as possible to the Yellow plates or from equivalent tees.
15. The team comprises five pairs of players to count towards the match result.
16. The first named club in each match will play at home first. These first leg matches are to be played if possible within the first two weeks of the dates set by the DMVGA. Second leg matches are to be played if possible within the last two weeks of the dates set by the DMVGA. Each club may set the date for their home match to suit their own arrangements but must notify potential opponents as soon as the date is arranged. Both home and away matches must be completed by the dates set by the DMVGA. Failure to do so may result in disqualification of teams.
17. Traditionally, visiting clubs have been able to have a courtesy practice round but this arrangement is a matter between the respective clubs.
18. The format will be 4 ball better ball match play with handicap allowance as stated in the WHS Rules of Handicapping (Rule 6 and Appendix C) i.e. 90% of Course Handicap to obtain the Playing Handicap. The rounded Course Handicap is to be used (CONGU Guidance). The player with the lowest rounded Playing Handicap plays off scratch and all others take their shots from that player. Confirmatory evidence of players’ Handicap Indexes must be available on the day.
19. The order of play is based on the combined Handicap Indexes of each pair with the lowest in match one etc. If the combined Handicap Indexes are equal the team Captain will determine the order of play. The 6th pair reserve match should always be played last.
21. Both Captains will exchange team sheets before play commences. If possible this should be before the day of the match.
22. The visiting Club will have the honour on the first tee.
22. Buggies are allowed for those who need them. Their use is dependent on the provision at the host club. Players taking their own buggies must comply with all host Club conditions before use.
23. Caddies are allowed under Rule 10.3 of the Rules of Golf.
24. If the overall match score is tied after the second leg, the Captains will send out their first pairing without delay to play a sudden-death match, play starting at the first hole until a result is achieved. This method also applies to the Emerton-Court final. Stroke allowances taken in the first 18 holes apply again where appropriate in play-off holes.
25. If play is suspended for any reason, the teams will either resume play on the same day or replay the complete match on a new date to be agreed. In this situation, teams may use players who did not take part in the discontinued match.
26. Any breach of these Rules or of the Rules of Golf may cause the players or team concerned to be disqualified, irrespective of the stage reached in the competition.
27. Results of all matches must be notified as soon as possible via the Emerton-Court results page on the DMVGA website (these are then automatically transferred to the Co-ordinator and Secretary).
28. The two clubs involved should try to resolve any disagreement between themselves at Club level.
29. If this cannot be done, full written details must be sent to the DMVGA Secretary for a decision. He may refer the dispute to the President or other officers to resolve the matter. Playing of the second leg should not be delayed pending a decision on any dispute arising from the first leg match.
30. If a club is disqualified during the course of the competition, the last club eliminated by the transgressors will be reinstated or if part way through a match, the current opponents will go through to the next round.
31. In any dispute, the decision taken by the DMVGA will be final.
32. The final consisting of one round of 18 holes will be played on a neutral course. The format is the same with ten players and two reserves playing 4 ball better ball match play. The honour on the first tee is determined by tossing a coin.
33. The DMVGA will provide a match referee for the final.
34. Following the final, the DMVGA provide a meal for the two teams, the reserves and non-playing Captains at which the Trophies are presented.