A golfer is automatically enrolled in ringer board once they become an official member of the Victoria Men’s Club (VMC). There are no additional fees required to pay to participate in the ringer board, your annual membership fee covers your entrance fee. For example the five dollars that is paid on Wednesday night; 100% of the money is paid out to hole prizes, 18 hole net score prizes, and 18 hole gross score prize (none of the money is used for ringer board prizes).
Ringer board is a year round competition that starts from the beginning of the men’s club season (i.e. first Wednesday of May) to the Wednesday before the club championship. Golfers compete over the competition period to post the best score over 18 holes of golf. By mid-June (e.g. June 15, 2013) golfers will be flighted into four groups (0 to 9, 10 to 15, 16 to 20, 21+) based on their course handicap. Once a golfer has been assigned to a flight, this is the flight you remain in for competition year. Therefore, it is important for golfers to post a their scores to the RCGA web site to ensure you have an accurate course handicap to ensure you have been flighted to the right group.
Ringer board is a friendly competition among your fellow VMC members for a given flight. Prizes are awarded to golfers at the end of the year with the lowest 18 hole scores over the competition period. The lowest three scores in each flight is awarded prize (prize breakdown: 1st $50, 2nd $40, 3rd $30). If there is a tie for a given prize position, then the prize is evenly split among the golfers (i.e. 3 way tie for third means each golfer gets $10).
This is a friendly competition, however there are certain rules that apply to all golfers.
- Golfers must be an official member of the Victoria Men’s Club
- Golfers must play in an official 18 hole individual stroke play VMC event at Victoria Golf Course (i.e. Wednesday night, or a weekend stroke play tournament) – for example: Tombstone counts, but Jonas Shoe does not count, inter club does not count (because this event is restricted to only a small number of VMC members), match play that is not played on a Wednesday night or official VMC weekend tournament do not count
- A golfer must hand in their official score card to the Wednesday night tournament chair or Weekend tournament chair; if a score card was not officially handed over to the tournament chair then scores are not eligible for ringer board
- You do not have to play a minimum number of holes for your score to count towards the ringer board, as long you abide by the first three rules the hole scores count towards the ringer board; for example if you X’d out some holes because you were unable to complete a hole (e.g. lost ball and you were unable to complete the hole abiding by the rules of golf, weather delay, thunderstorm and you were kicked off the course, you had to leave the course without completing your round, you could only play the front or back nine).
Rule 4 note: related to but not directly related to rule 4 are the official rules of golf for posting a score for handicaps (are based on playing 9 or 18 holes, you need to play a minimum of 4 holes, if you are unable to complete any of other 5 holes and had to X out for those holes, then you must post your most likely score or post the maximum score for the hole based on your handicap)
A ringer board in golf is used to accumulate the best score for every hole during a season. For example if you score a 7 on the first hole of a round one day, then on another you score a 4 on the first hole. The 7 would be deleted and replaced with the 4. If you then score a 5 on the first hole, the 4 would remain. At the end of the season the ringer board would then show the best score for each hole played during the season.
Eligible tournaments for the ringer board are stroke play events played on an official VMC day: Wednesday nights, Interclub Qualifier, Kickoff Tournament, Johnny Aitkin, Mid Season Classic, Tombstone, and President’s Choice.
Ineligible tournaments: Jim Mahar, Away Tournament, RVC (match play), Interclub matches (not all members are eligible to play), Rd1/2 Club Championship (past the cut off date), Champion’s Cup (past the cut off date), Club Final (scramble), any match (single/double) not played on a VMC day, and any Wednesday night played after Club Championship.
Reminder official score card requirements:
- Print your full name, ensure it is clearly written on the scorecard (for each golfer)
- Make sure your course handicap (this is represented as a whole number on the RCGA site e.g. 18 vs. 18.0/18.1 [is your index]) is clearly marked on the scorecard (for each golfer).
- Make sure your score on every hole is clearly marked (for all golfers).
- Make sure you have properly added your gross and net scores (for each golfer).
* if one person is entering the scores for a foursome, they are responsible making all the
information on the card is legible… Each golfer should review the card for accuracy