R & A Rules of Golf apply except:
To qualify to play in the Wales Mini Masters players must have no World Handicapping System handicap or a handicap of 28 or above at the date of entry. If a player’s handicap falls below the threshold during the course of the year players will be allowed to participate in any qualifying rounds and The Final.
Each player must be accompanied by an adult.
Adults are allowed to fulfil all functions of a normal caddy plus they are responsible for recording their player’s score on each hole. See “Marking the Card” below.
The maximum number of shots to be recorded on any one hole is 10. Once a player has taken 10 shots then the ball MUST be picked up and then play moves to the next hole. When this occurs the maximum score of 10 is recorded.
Attempts to hit the ball that do not make contact (air shots) are NOT to be counted.
If a player fails to hit the ball out of the bunker after 2 attempts then the player may choose to pick up the ball and place it outside the bunker no closer to the hole. This incurs a penalty of one shot.
If a ball is lost a player must replay the shot from the closest position from where they last played and add one stroke to their total.
There are no dress restrictions.
Guidance for Caddies
Accompanying adults may have limited knowledge or experience of the Rules of Golf so below are some simple tips to make the event as enjoyable as possible for you and your player. In line with Wales Golf best practice we have a Caddy Code of Conduct.
The role of the caddie is to support, advise on club selection, and shot required, allowing the player to take responsibility for their own golf game. Please do not coach.
Be prepared for the weather –sunshine to rain – especially give consideration to footwear.
We will be asking you to record scores – so please bring a pencil!
Caddy Code of Conduct
This code of conduct sets out the minimum standards expected when your child is involved in the Wales Golf Events.
We are very grateful for your support as a parent/guardian and for the benefit of everyone involved please adhere to the following requirements in regard to your own conduct.
Code of Conduct
a) Be a positive role model by demonstrating a high standard of personal behaviour
b) We hope that you will get great pleasure from supporting your child but remember that your child’s involvement should be for their own reasons and you are there to encourage them
c) Focus on your child’s efforts rather than outcomes
d) Do not respond to an error or mistake with punishment or criticism
e) Do not physically or verbally abuse or harass anyone.
f) Respect decisions of Mini Masters Staff.
g) Concerns of any kind should be directed to Mini Masters staff in the first instance.
Breaches to the Caddy Code of Conduct
Where there is an instance that the Code has been breached, Wales Golf and/or Mini Masters Staff will adhere to the following process:
1st Breach – First Warning
2nd Breach – Second Warning
3rd Breach – Sanction (including but not limited to, denying access to the golf course; disciplinary action; future bans)
Marking the Card
Generally we play matches in groups of 3. Before play commences please swap cards with the two other adults in your group so no adult has the scorecard of their child.
Pay attention to all the shots from all the players within your group.
At the end of each hole agree the score for each player on that hole. Write down the score in the appropriate column before play commences on the next hole.
If agreement cannot be reached invite the third adult in the group to give their view on any misunderstanding.
If agreement still cannot be reached leave the score blank and the matter will be resolved by the organiser at the end of the round.