This season due to the entry of 2 new clubs into the competition there are 4 leagues of 5 teams, with the top 2 qualifying for the quarter-finals. Please also note that Woodbridge Park has been re-named and is now Brinkworth Golf Club.
The rules of the competition are set out here:
Buthlay Cup rules of Competition.
The Buthlay Cup is a four ball better ball competition played off handicap in two stages; firstly a league stage with the winners and runners up from the four leagues then going forward to the quarter final knockout stage.
This is a gentlemen’s only competition, 8 players in a team.
Each match consists of four games, 1 point for a win, zero points for a loss, half a point for a halved game.
Each game to be played over 18 holes and holes up/down recorded.
Two bonus points are awarded per match, one to the team that wins the match and another to the team with the greater aggregate holes up, if the match is halved or the aggregate holes up/down are level then the bonus point is shared.
The league stages of the competition 6 points per match are being played for.
Only Category 2, 3 and 4 handicaps (6 to 28) are eligible to play in the competition.
Shot allowance is 90% the difference taken from the lowest handicap player in the four ball (20 shots maximum possible).
The league stage of the competition must be completed by the 18th August 2019.
Quarter Final Knockout.
Winner of Red League will play the runner up of Blue League.
Winner of Blue League will play the runner up of Red League.
Winner of Green League will play the runner up of Yellow League.
Winner of Yellow League will play the runner up of Green League.
The four league winners get home advantage in hosting the quarter final matches.
Quarter final matches must be played by 8th September 2019.
Semi Final Knockout.
The four quarter final winners go into a random draw to determine their opponents.
Both semi finals and the final will be played at a neutral venue.
Separate rules for the knockout stages.
Bonus points are not applicable.
If the match points finish level at 2 – 2 then aggregate holes up/down is used to determine the winners. If aggregate holes up/down is level then a pairing nominated by each team captain before the start of the match will play extra holes to determine the winners.
Buthlay Cup 2019 Groups
Red League - Cumberwell Park, West Wilts, Westbury, High Post & Salisbury South Wilts
Blue League - Hamptworth, Marlborough, Chippenham, Bassett Down & Erlestoke
Green League - Wrag Barn, Broome Manor, Ogbourne Downs, Brinkworth & Upavon
Yellow League - Bowood, Whitley, Kingsdown, The Wiltshire & South Cerney