Rules & Objectives

Revised and Approved at the December 2021 Executive Meeting

1. Title

The Title of the Association shall be ‘Manchester and District Golf Captains’.

2. Membership

Membership of the Association shall be confined to Gentlemen Captains and Ex-Captains of Golf Clubs situated not more than 25 miles from the Town Hall, Manchester. At the discretion of the Executive the following Gentlemen shall also be eligible.

a) Captains and Ex-Captains of clubs on the fringes of the above mentioned radius.

b) Captains and Ex-Captains of clubs outside the said radius residing within the said radius.

All applications for membership shall be subject to the approval of the Executive.

3. Objectives

The objective of the body is to provide the opportunity for the further development of friendships amongst the Gentlemen Golf Captains of Clubs situated within the Manchester and District area. This will be achieved by the operation of a Golf and Social Programme designed to address the evolving requirements of the membership and to foster relationships with other Golf Captains Groups.

4. Officers and the Executive

The governing body of the Association shall be called the Executive and the control and management shall be vested in it.

The Officers of the Association shall be The President, Captain, Vice Captain, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer.

The Executive shall consist of the Officers and a Committee of not more than nine members of the Association along with the Vice Presidents as detailed in Rule 5.

The Chairman of all Executive meetings shall be the Captain but in his absence, the Vice Captain will deputise. In the event of a tie in voting, the Chairman of the Meeting shall have an additional casting vote.

Any five members of the Executive shall form a quorum at any meeting.

The Executive shall meet at least four times a year.

The President, Captain, Vice Captain, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer shall be proposed, seconded and elected at the Annual General Meeting for a period of twelve months. The Honorary Secretary and The Honorary Treasurer shall be eligible for re-election.

Executive Members shall be proposed, seconded and elected at the Annual General Meeting and they shall serve for a period of three years. They shall be eligible for re-election.

Any member who is proposed and seconded may seek election to the Executive at the Annual General Meeting by application to the Hon. Secretary which must be received not later than 30 days prior to the date of the AGM.

Where an Election of the Executive requires a contested vote a secret ballot will be conducted using tellers appointed by the Hon. Secretary.

There shall be three sub-committees, Competition & Match, Social and Membership each consisting of a Chairman plus at least two other Committee Members.

The Executive shall have the power to fill any casual vacancies on the Executive Committee until the next Annual General Meeting.

A sub-committee made up of the Captain, Immediate Past Captain, Vice Captain, Secretary and chaired by the President, shall nominate the President and Vice Captain for the following year subject to the approval of the Executive.

5. Vice Presidents

All former Captains, including the retiring Captain, shall be Vice Presidents so long as they remain members of the Association. The Executive shall have the power to appoint Vice Presidents if it is deemed appropriate to do so.
Vice Presidents shall remain on the Executive with full voting rights until they have served their term as President of the Association, or have declined the office, after which they shall retire. However, they may be co-opted by the Executive on a temporary basis in order to be involved in a particular sub committee or project.

6. Annual Meetings

The Annual General Meeting shall be chaired by the Captain and held on the day of the Founders’ Trophy meeting or on any such date decided by the Executive. A Special General Meeting shall be called by the Honorary Secretary on the requisition in writing of at least 20 members. The Honorary Secretary shall give 21 days’ notice of all General meetings with an agenda of business.

Any member wishing to move a resolution at any General Meeting must send a copy thereof signed by the proposer and seconder to the Honorary Secretary to reach him at least 14 days before such meeting, provided that this rule shall not apply to resolutions relating to the Association’s accounts, elections of officers of committees or resolutions proposed on the authority of the Executive. Voting on resolutions shall be by a show of hands unless a ballot shall be demanded by at least 10 members present at the Meeting.

In the event of a tie in voting, the Chairman of the Meeting shall have an additional casting vote.

The Accounts of the Association shall be made up to the 31st of December in each year and an audited copy thereof shall be presented to the Annual General Meeting.

7. Subscriptions

The Annual Subscription and Entrance Fee shall be at the discretion of the Executive. The annual subscription shall be due on the 1st January in each year.

No member whose subscription is unpaid on the 1st February in any year may compete for any Association prize or vote at any meeting until his subscription is paid. Any member whose subscription is in arrears on the 30th September in any year shall cease to exercise any of the privileges of membership, but such privileges may be restored on payment of the outstanding subscription(s), if the Executive so decides.

8. Competitions

All competitions and functions shall be arranged as, when and where the Executive may decide. All such competitions shall be played under the current Rules of Golf published by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. The decision of the Executive shall be final on all competition matters.

9. Resignations

Any member wishing to resign from the Association shall give notice thereof to the Honorary Secretary in writing to reach him not later than the 31st day of December in any one year.

10. Breach of Rules

The Executive shall have power to deal summarily with any member who, in their opinion, offends against the rules and objectives of the Association.

11. Alteration of Rules

Any member wishing to propose any alteration or addition to rules shall, at least one month prior to the Annual General meeting, make application to the Executive and, if approved, a notice of motion setting out the proposed alteration or addition shall be circulated with the notice convening the Annual General Meeting. A majority of 75% of those voting at such Annual General Meeting shall be required to authorise any alteration or addition to the Rules.

12. Dissolution

The Association may be dissolved by a resolution proposed at a General Meeting duly called for the purpose and passed by a majority which shall comprise 75% of those voting. The funds of the Association on dissolution shall be expended in discharging the debts and liabilities of the Association and any balance shall be expended by the Executive in such manner as shall be directed by the resolution of dissolution or in the absence of any such direction in such manner as the Executive may decide.

13. Insurance

It is the responsibility of Members participating in Association events to provide their own Insurance covering Public Liability, Accidental Damage and Personal Injury.

14. Interpretation of Rules and Objectives

Any dispute as to the meaning or interpretation of the Rules and Objectives shall be decided by the Executive whose decision shall be binding on all members.