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Thornton Trophy Rules


  1. All players in the YRGA competitions must be a Rabbit Golfer as defined in the YRGA Constitution and Rules.

  2. All players must provide proof of their Handicap Index on the day of the competition

  3. The use of Artificial Aids (Distance Finders) is allowed under the Rules of Golf 4.3a(1) unless there is a local rule in place forbidding such use. This must be confirmed before playing

  4. Competitions will be played according to the Rules of Golf as amended by the local rules applicable to the course where the competition is being played

  5. The use of ride-on buggies is permitted under the Rules of Golf provided that the person(s) using them produce a signed doctor’s certificate confirming the need of such a buggy.

Thornton Rules

  1. Each member Rabbit Section may enter one team of two players comprising one each from Handicap Index division 15 – 19.4 and Handicap Index division 19.5 – 54

  2. The competition shall be singles stableford over 18 holes played off the Yellow tees with 95% Course Handicap allowance in accordance with the WHS. 

  3. The team with the highest stableford score will be declared the winners of the Thornton Trophy. They will receive a Trophy for retention by their Rabbit section and individual prizes in addition. The runners-up and third-place team will also receive individual prizes.

    There will also be individual trophies and prizes as follows:
    Norman Watson Cup – Best Stableford Score
    Fred Brown Salver – Runner-up Stableford Score
    The Norman Watson Cup will take precedence over the Fred Brown Salver
    Prize for Best Stableford score Handicap Index 15 -19.4 (other than above)
    Prize for Best Stableford score Handicap Index 19.5 – 54 (other than above)
    No player may receive more than one individual prize

  4. In the event of a tie the Executive will make awards on the result of:
    – the last 9 holes
    – the last 6 holes
    – the last 3 holes
    and so on down to the final hole if necessary.

  5. Players must report to the YRGA officials at least 30 minutes before their start time.
    Failure to do so will result in their being disqualified from the competition

  6. In accordance with the WHS players’ cards will be returned to their respective home clubs so that there score may be recorded and their Handicap Index updated.