These frequently asked questions may provide some clarity to 2012 Pennant rules.
The W.A.G.L. Committee strongly recommends all pennant players be familiar
the rules prior to the start of the competition and carry a current version
of the R & A Rules of Golf.
2012 W.A.G.L. Pennant Rules (pdf).
Q. How many players do
we need to nominate in each team?
A. 6 players per team.
Q. Can we have reserve players?
A. Yes. It is suggested to have 2 reserves as it is easier
to qualify 8 players.
Reserves in Division 2 & 3 must
have the appropriate minimum handicap.
Q. What are the divisions for pennants?
Division 1: 0 - 27
Division 2: 10 - 27
14 - 27 Divisions 4, 5 & 6: 0 - 27
Q. How many games does a player need to qualify for the
Q. Who is eligible to play?
A. Players must be financial members of their club and
must be registered with the W.A.G.L. by 1st May.
Q. Are players with handicaps allocated from the red tees
permitted to play?
Q. When do nominations close?
A. 1st May.
Q. How much does it cost to nominate a team?
Q. When will we find out who we
A. The draw will be
conducted in the first week of May, clubs will receive pennant
home & away
fixtures shortly after.
Q. What contact information do we need to include for each
A. Each team nominated MUST have Captain's & Vice
Captain's correct phone number & email address.
Q. Can a person play pennants for 2 clubs?
Q. Can a player play in 2 or more teams within their own
A. Yes and No.
A player may transfer to a higher division team but may not transfer to a
lower division team.
Q. Which divisions are handicapped match play?
A. All divisions are handicaped
Q. Is there a maximum handicap for pennants?
A. Yes. Divisions 4,5 & 6 players with a handicap of 28
and above must play off 27 handicap.
Q. Which match play index do we use?
A. All clubs MUST use the official W.A.G.L. match play
index for their course.
Q. Why does the Match Play index
differ from the Stroke Play index?
A. In Stroke Play the
player is playing against the course. In Match Play the players play against
another, it is accepted a player with
a higher handicap will most likely take more shots on a hole.
With this in mind the Match Play
index is rated from the length of each hole.
Q. Can a players use a GPS or
other artificial measuring device in a pennant
A. Yes. Provided it
measures distance only.(Not wind speed/direction, temperature or gradient).
Q. Can players use motorized golf carts?
Q. Can we have a local rule
allowing preferred lies?
Q. If a match is abandoned due to rain, (course
unplayable), can the match be re-scheduled?
Q. Is there a dress code
applicable for pennants?
A. Yes. The standard
W.A.G.L. dress code applies. Breach of dress code match is forfeited.
Q. How do we resolve a
dispute should one arise during a Match?
A. Each Club should appoint
a non pennant playing referee for the day. Appeals/disputes should be
the referee on the day. If a team is
unsatisfied by the referee's decision they must inform the
Tournament Chairman first by phone
that they are appealing and in writing within 48 hours giving full
details of the dispute.
Q. Who is responsible for sending in the
A. The winning team Captain
or in the case of a halved match, the Home team Captain is responsible.
Q. Where do we send the scores to
after a match?
A. Scores to be received by
the Tournament Chairman by
following the match via
Fax, scanned cards emailed as a jpg
file or a basic email message including complete details
from the score card.
Q. Can a club nominate
A. No. Item 14.2 of the WAGL constitution states; "Each
player of the league shall be amateur within the meaning
of the definition of an amateur by the
Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland, and may be
required to verify the fact by statutory