A quick guide to the various teams we have, competing in inter-club competitions. You may also wish to visit the SECF guide to leagues.
You can follow how our teams are getting on this season with our 2019 Club Teams Summary.
Advanced Association League
A 4 person team, playing Advanced Level matches. We’ve only been in this league since 2017, and it would be fair to say we expected to be complete outsiders, but in our first season we did surprisingly well! Games are 3¼ hours, with a morning of a doubles match and 2 singles, and 4 singles in the afternoon. Players from both teams are ordered according to handicap, starting with the best, from A-D. A&B play A&B in the doubles, with C v D and D v C in the morning. In the afternoon, A plays A, B plays B, etc. There are 4 games in a season, against other clubs in the general vicinity. Reigate always plays their matches away, due to only having one lawn.
Team: Neil Coote (captain), Roger Tedstone, Chris O’Byrne, Andy Gray, Geoff Gunton
Unrestricted Association Handicap League
This is similar to A League, but with some key differences. Again, the team comprises 4 players, and the afternoon games are played in ranking order (lowest handicap plays against lowest handicap etc), but the morning doubles and singles are at the captain’s discretion (as long as they ensure the afternoon games won’t involve any repeats). The “Unrestricted” bit refers to the fact that anybody can play, from a +26 handicap to a -3, although anybody with a handicap of over 20 would be treated as if they were a 20 for bisque allocation. Again, RPCC has to play all their matches away, as there’s only the single lawn.
We have 2 teams in the U League these days, and have had a certain degree of success in the past, having won it in 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2010, and 2014.
Team A: John Knight (captain), Lucy Beach, John Staddon, Doug Dykes, Martin Peacock, Simon Ling
Team B: John Bristow (captain), Neil Coote, Roger Tedstone, Andy Gray
The “B” stands for “Beginners” in this league, where teams comprise 4 players, 2 of whom play singles, while the other 2 play pairs. Games are played off base 6 (so, for example, a 12 handicap always gets 6 bisques, irregardless of their opponent’s handicap), and the combined handicaps of all 4 players must be at least 48 at the time the fixture is arranged.
The captain gets to decide which 2 play in the doubles, and the two playing singles do so in handicap order relative to their opponents. Games are limited to 3¼ hours.
Captain: John Knight
R League (also called GR League)
Short for “Restricted League”, this is a Level Golf league, for handicaps of 2 and above. The format is the same as A League, with a 1 hour time limit for each game, which are played to 13 points. The team’s combined handicap must be at least 16.
Team: Doug Dykes (captain), John Staddon, Martin Peacock, John Knight, Sally Mackinlay, Lester Gould
A relatively new Association league, designed for clubs with only a single lawn (so unlike the other leagues, we can actually host these games!). For smaller lawns (like our own) then bisque allocations are reduced accordingly – maybe you’d like to use our handicap calculator!
(3 people per team, with a doubles match and a singles match in the morning, and the same in the afternoon. We’re not entirely sure what the “S” stands for, but would hazard a guess that it’s for Single Lawn. Games are limited to 3¼ hours.
Team: Simon Ling (captain), Mike Barnard, Frank Burch, Joyce Carlisle, Doug Dykes, Andy Gray, John Hyde, Lorna Jenkins, John Knight, Martin Peacock, Alan Slade, John Staddon
H League (also called GH League)
A Handicap Golf League, with 4 people per team, playing in 3 rounds of 13 point games, with a 1 hour time limit. First round is 2 sets of doubles, followed by all 4 singles, and completed with 1 doubles and 2 singles. We have 2 separate teams in this league
Captains: Judy Perry & John Dawson