We are grateful to Dunton Hills in being able to accommodate us at short notice and host the 23rd edition of the British Open.
2020 will see a greatly reduced field than in 2019, and will be a purely domestic field, perfectly understandable in the current circumstances.
As a result of receiving reduced income and an increase in expenditure, prize money for the event has been reduced by 50%, but being crowned the 2020 British Open Champion is reward enough in itself.
The Prize breakdown currently as follows:
- 1st prize £50 + trophy
- 2nd prize £40
- 3rd prize £30
- Top Cat 2 £25
- Top Cat 3 £25
In addition Cambridgeshire and Essex will be defending their British Open Club Championship which is held over the first 4 rounds on day1. As per last year each club’s best 4 scores per round count.
The course will be open as normal where the £5 day rate will apply.
Saturday British Open Day 1
The course will be open for practice from 7am, practice will end at 9:15am
First group will go out through a rolling start from hole 1 at 9.30am, their next round will be approx 75 minutes after their first round (i.e 10.45). As always the line up in your group will alternate throughout the day. The break between round 3 and 4 will be slightly longer but the last group should finish by approximately 3:30pm.
Sunday British Open Day 2
The course will be open for practice from 7am and practice will end at 8:45.
Round 5 will commence from 9:00 am, players will be paired with players within their player bubble, the bubbles may remain the same for day 2, but will be discussed at the end of day1.
Normal BMGA/Cemgc Open rules apply
4 rounds Day 1, 3 rounds Day 2.
There will be a change to the normal score updating over the weekend. We will be asking one player from each group to mark the scores on a single scorecard (players should also keep their own scorecard to crosscheck at the end of the round). This will reduce the number of scorecards that will be handled by the EC.
The single scorecard will be photographed and forwarded to Martyn Williams who will update on Bangolf, meaning that there is no actual scoring table, Bangolf will be available online. This will reduce the need for players congregating to check the leaderboard.
Thanks to Dave Gomm for his single scorecard suggestion.
Once you have finished your round please return your scorecard to the tournament desk where a member of the EC will verify before sending to Martyn.
WMF approved minigolf balls and a golf ball may be used in this competition, course balls are not allowed.
Refs for the weekend will be any member of the BMGA EC (Scott, James, Mark and Will), please ask for help on rulings if you are not sure.
Should there be more than one player in the final prize positions a sudden death playoff will take place starting hole 1.
Please maintain your social distance while on the course, only proceed to your next tee, once the group in front have moved on to their next tee. And remember, whilst not on the course maintain your social distance in your drawn support bubble.
Please note that Dunton Hills is a cash free venue.
The clubhouse will be open for soft drinks and crisps/chocolates, only one person is allowed in at time, there is a hand sanitiser dispenser at the entrance for general use.
Toilet facilities are open please respect the venue signage regarding use.
The wearing of facemasks is not obligatory in the clubhouse or on the course, however you are of course welcome to wear them should you wish to have added protection.
In other safety measures, flags will be removed prior to the event.
When on the course, players are reminded to follow strict social distancing guidelines for everyone’s safety and comfort.
We request that players keep at least a putters length apart at all times.
The sharing of equipment should be kept to a minimum, please keep your belongings where you can easily identify them.
Each group will be provided with a scorecard and pen to record their scores.
If you are symptomatic or living in a household with someone else who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection you should withdraw from the event.
If you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you are a contact of a known COVID-19 case, you can spread the virus to others even if you never get symptoms. You should withdraw from the event.
Should you develop any of the following symptoms, you must withdraw from the event.
A high temperature
A new, continuous cough
A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste
Players Champ & International Championship
As previously advised this will now take place at the British Championships in October
Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the BMGA British Open 2020. After a very uncertain time not just nationwide but internationally, it’s a credit to the EC behind the scenes that we have a two day event.
I realise that there will be some of our regular participants both national and from overseas, that have not been able to attend this event. Let me take this opportunity to thank you for trusting our protocols for Covid-19 and playing this weekend.
It’s great to see we have a novice contest and that the category 2, 3 prizes will be hotly contested.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the management of Dunton Hills family golf and their support in letting us relocate at a short notice.
Have a great weekend, and enjoy your Aces if and when you can make them.
As always, any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or while I and the rest of the EC are at the course. We hope you all have a great tournament.