Terms of Competition – KENO Let’s Play Ambrose

Published: January 1, 2021
Last Update: January 5, 2024

The Golf NSW Standard Terms of Competition for State Events and the Golf NSW Code of Conduct apply to this State event. A copy of the Golf NSW General Terms of Competition for State Events and the Golf NSW Code of Conduct are available from the Golf NSW website at www.golfnsw.org.au.


1.      The competition is open to any amateur affiliated golfer with a current Golf Australia handicap, who is a member of a golf club affiliated with Golf NSW, who has attained the age of 18 years by the date of the State Final. 

2.      Competitors will play off their full daily handicap, current on the day of play.  All qualifying stages will be conducted as a two person Ambrose.

Pairs must meet the following Handicap Restrictions:

  • The Pair must have a minimum combined daily handicap of 8 (eg. if one player’s daily handicap is 4 and the second players daily handicap is 2, they cannot play together because their combined daily handicap is only 6)
  • Each player in the pair must have no more than 20 strokes difference in their daily handicap.  (eg. If the lowest marker’s daily handicap is 5, their partner must play off no more than a daily handicap of 25).

NOTE: If a pair’s daily handicaps are more than 20 strokes different, the higher marker will be limited to a daily handicap 20 strokes above the lower marker’s daily handicap.

  • The pair’s PLAYING handicap on the day will be ¼ of their combined daily handicap.
  • Each player must use at least 6 tee shots during a round.
  • Tee shots used MUST be indicated on the scorecard.

Entry Fee of $5 (per pair) will be required to be paid at their Club Qualifying event by all playing pairs for the KENO Let’s Play Ambrose competition.

3.      The KENO Let’s Play Ambrose is played in 3 categories:

  • two female players (Women’s competition)
  • two male players (Men’s competition)
  •   one male player and one female player (Mixed competition)

Both players MUST have attained the age of 18 years by the date of the State Final

Both players MUST be affiliated members of the same golf club, being the club conducting the Club Qualifying event (Stage 1) and must remain financial members of that club for the duration of the competition.  It is at the Club’s discretion if they allow players who have a 5 day style category to qualify for this event, on a weekend.  If a player is a member of more than one club, then that player may attempt to qualify at each of those Club qualifying rounds, but once the player has qualified for one Regional / Metropolitan Final they may no longer participate at Club level.

4.      During the Competition, the Local Rules of the host venue clubs shall apply.

5.      The competition will be conducted in three (3) stages;

Stage 1:    Club Qualifying
Each nominating Club is entitled to have a pair in the Men, Women and Mixed categories progress to Stage 2.

If a club has more than 21+ pairs in any of the Men, Women and Mixed catergories, then they are entitled to have two (2) pairs progress to Stage 2, in that competition.

Stage 2:     Regional Finals

Regional Final Dates and Venues can be found online www.golfnsw.org.au

Stage 3:    State Final

State Final at Bonville Golf Resort, Coffs Harbour.

6.      Motorised Transport / Golf Carts may be used as follows:

Stage 1: Club – Golf Carts may be used according to the Club’s Conditions in force on the day.

Stage 2:  Regional Finals – Golf Carts may be used but are subject to availability at the host venue.

Stage 3: State Final – All players will be provided with golf carts at the State Final

7.      Any player who was part of the team that WON the previous year’s State Final, is not eligible to compete at any stage of the competition for a three (3) year period. Any player who was part of a team that PLAYED in the previous year’s State Final, is not eligible to compete at any stage of the competition for 1 year period.

8.      After the commencement of the competition, player substitutes in a pair is NOT permitted. If a qualifying pair is unavailable to play at any stage, then the next pair, in order of qualifying results, may substitute the pair.

9.      The Golf NSW Golf Committee has the authority to re-handicap any player during any stage of the event or to allocate a special competition handicap for any stage of the competition.

10.    In the event of a tie between teams, in the Club or District qualifying rounds, the Golf Australia count back system shall apply.  In the State Final, joint winners will be awarded.

11.    The Golf NSW Golf Committee shall have the right to alter or make any variations to the Terms or Program should it deem necessary and have the right to refuse the entry of any person without being required to give a reason for such refusal.


Stage 1 – Club Qualifying Round

Nominating your club qualifying round to Golf NSW is no longer required.

Club rounds must be scheduled and completed prior to Friday 30th August 2024.

Clubs must submit their results online to Golf NSW immediately after the event has been played. This will include the total amount of players that participated, their qualifying pair(s) and reserves details.

An email with a Payment Link (credit card) or Tax Invoice (Direct Transfer) for the entry fees will be sent by Golf NSW, once the results from Club Qualifying event have been received.

Golf NSW will then email the qualifying pairs, so they can nominate their Regional Final Venue they intend to play.

Stage 2 – Regional Finals

There will be no entry fee to play in a Regional Final.

Regional Finals will be managed by Golf NSW, and will be held in country regions in northern, north-western, western, south-western and southern NSW as well as metropolitan Sydney. Dates and venues will be published on the Golf NSW website www.golfnsw.org.au.

The DRAW for each Regional Final will be released to participants two (2) weeks prior to the event date.

The winning pair from each category (Men, Women and Mixed) at each of the Regional Finals will qualify for the State Final. If a pair becomes unavailable for the State Final, they may be replaced by the next placed pairing in that category.

Where a qualifying pair withdraws from a Regional Final, the withdrawing pair must notify Golf NSW.

Golf NSW will be responsible for contacting the next placed pair to participate in the Regional Final. (Time permitting)

Stage 3 – State Finals

  • The State Final will be held at Bonville Golf Resort, in December 2024.
  • Separate competitions will be run for Men, Women and Mixed qualifiers.
  • The Final will be conducted over two (2) rounds of 18-holes. Scoring for each round will be based on ranking for that round such that the net winner of the round will receive 1 point, net second-place will receive 2 points, net third-place will receive 3 points and so on. The winner of the State Final will be the pairing with the lowest points across the two rounds.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place getters in the event. Prizes will also be awarded to the 18-hole winners of each round. However, players may win only one prize with the Championship taking precedence.
  • The event will be under the control of the Event Committee, which will comprise of nominated members of Golf NSW.

This Committee has the authority to re-handicap any player during the event or to allocate a special competition handicap for any stage of the competition.

  • The cost of the qualifier’s accommodation at Bonville for the 3 nights, as well as the cost of the welcome function on the first night and the presentation dinner on the final night and breakfasts on all three mornings and including the two rounds of golf will be covered by Golf NSW.

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