What does CAGU do?
Written by Administrator

Objective: Inaugurated on 1st February 1950 as a Union of 5 golf clubs Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union (CAGU) now has 21 affiliated clubs of which 12 are proprietary and 9 are members’ clubs. The object of the Union, as the representative of England Golf in Cambridgeshire, is to encourage the playing of men’s amateur golf by promoting matches at County level, Inter-Club level and on an individual basis and the staging of championships and competitions for both scratch and handicap players of all ages. The Union, together with England Golf, promotes and maintains the traditions and rules of the game as determined by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. 

Funding: CAGU, like England Golf, is mainly funded by subscription paid by each male member of all the affiliated clubs in the Union. In addition, CAGU has a number of sponsors who kindly provide a range of goods, services and financial assistance that helps the county and its players to participate in golf competitions both in Cambridgeshire, the Midlands area and nationally. 

Management: CAGU is managed by a Council, which consists of two members nominated by and from each affiliated club and any member nominated as CAGU’s delegate to the Midland Golf Union and England Golf. The Council delegates Officers to oversee the day to day management of the Union’s affairs. The Officers include the President, Deputy President, the Captain, Vice-Captain, Immediate Past Captain and the Honorary Treasurer, Secretary and Competitions and Match Secretary together with others skilled or experienced in other matters such as course rating, Seniors golf and Junior coaching and development. 

Championships and Competitions: CAGU organises championships and competitions for men and boys including both scratch stroke play and matchplay formats in singles, foursomes and inter-club team events. In addition CAGU organises handicap events for individuals, pairs and inter-club competitions and matches that are run throughout the year including:- 

Scratch events:-  

 County Championships  County Foursomes
 Club Team Shield  Open Championships
 Seniors Championships  Ron Freeman Foursomes KO
 Wheeler Salver KO  County Open Championships
 Scratch Foursomes Leagues   Boys U18s,U16s,U14s&U12s Champ
 Goddard Inter-club KO Trophy  Inter-club Scratch League Team Shields

Handicap events:-  

 January Cup  Jock Stewart Inter-Club KO Trophy
 4BBB Competition  Cambridge Evening News KO Trophy


CAGU enters and supports winners of the county championships and inter-club competitions in National Tournaments including:- 

English County Finals English Seniors County Finals English Boys County Finals English Champion Club Final English Junior Champion Club Final English Men’s, Seniors and Boys English Champion of Champions Midlands age groups Boys Champion of Champions 

Friendly Golf: Managed by Paul Daw, Friendly Golf has been developed to help to encourage all the golfers of Cambridgeshire. From the newer to the older clubs and from the smaller to the larger clubs, players are encouraged to integrate and play golf against one another off handicap in a relaxed and friendly environment. Friendly golf has been one of the most successful initiatives promoted in Cambridgeshire. Friendly Golf events include:- 

 Junior Champion Club  Seniors Champion Club
 Seniors Inter-club KO  Seniors Inter-club Leagues
 Junior Inter-club Leagues  Derek Burridge KO Cup
 Greensomes Leagues  St Neots Cup
 St Ives Cup KO  


County Teams: CAGU enters Men’s “A” and “B” teams in the Anglian League and teams in the Eastern Counties Foursomes and English County Finals qualifying tournament. CAGU Juniors play in the English Junior County Finals tournament and in the Midlands and Anglian Junior Leagues. CAGU teams at Under 18, Under 16, Under 14 and Under 12 play regular competitive and friendly matches against neighbouring counties. CAGU Seniors play in the recently inaugurated Anglian Seniors League, the Southern Counties Foursomes Finals qualifier as well as against most other Midlands counties. 

Course Rating: CAGU has a trained team who survey every course in the county to establish a Standard Scratch Score (SSS). While the course length is the main factor in determining the SSS, the new system of course rating takes into account many of each course’s individual characteristics e.g. number, depth and position of bunkers, length and thickness of rough, density of trees, proximity of water hazards and out of bounds, speed and slope of the greens etc. CAGU’s expertise is available to all clubs in the county who are considering course alterations to help ensure that changes result in the desired objective before clubs incur significant expenditure. Course rating is designed to ensure that the players at each club have a handicap that is comparable and competitive with the members of all other clubs in England. Golf’s handicapping system is unique in that it is the only sport where players of different age, gender and ability can play competitively with and against one another. It is vital that the integrity of the handicapping system is maintained to ensure that all players can, if they wish, be competitive with any others from the day they take up the game until they retire from playing. 

Handicaps: CAGU is England Golf’s local agent in supporting the county’s clubs that operate the CONGU handicapping system which is so vital in ensuring that players can compete with each other on all courses throughout England whatever their ability. Maintaining the integrity of the system is therefore very important and CAGU is available to advise and arbitrate so that the system is fairly implemented and operated. 

Refereeing: Cambridgeshire has seven qualified referees who, not only oversee the playing of CAGU’s championships, but are available to assist and advise clubs on the rules, the setting up of courses and, when available, assist clubs by providing their services at the clubs’ championships and competitions. John Williams and Martin Hamblin offer entertaining and informative “Rules Evenings” to clubs throughout the winter with all proceeds going to CAGU’s Juniors’ golf programme. 

National County Card Scheme: CAGU is a member of the national scheme that allows members of CAGU clubs that accept county cards to play at over 1200 other courses across England at up to 50% off clubs’ standard green fees. The cards offer real additional value for members of affiliated clubs, who wish to take advantage of the opportunity to try different and varied courses. 

Golf Development and the Cambridgeshire County Golf Partnership (CCGP): Together with the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Ladies Golf Association, the PGA, England Golf and Sport England CAGU is part off the CCGP. The remit of the CCGP is to “get people into golf” which is necessary if clubs are to be able to build and maintain strong membership numbers. The partnership’s activities include taking golf out into the community and giving as many people as possible the opportunity to try the game under the supervision of qualified golf professionals. The CCGP golf net can be seen at any number of events within Cambridgeshire including fetes, fairs, business congresses and exhibitions, school playing fields and gymnasiums, other sports clubs etc. All those who use the net are given the opportunity to receive professional coaching and introductions to golf courses and ranges throughout the county. The partnership helps golf facilities gain the “Golf Mark” accreditation, which gives access to funding for the clubs and ranges that will allow them to invest in encouraging everybody to have the chance to take up the game. The CCGP runs an academy programme for youngsters to learn the game. The players can then join clubs and progress into either the Men’s Union or the Ladies’ Association age group coaching programmes from where, as they develop their skills, they will have the opportunity to represent their county and, if they are good enough, compete nationally. 

Biennial County Dinner: In each odd year CAGU has a formal black tie dinner to which all CAGU members are invited to enjoy a convivial evening with their fellow CAGU members. It is an opportunity to meet and hear the words of wisdom from the “great and the good” in the world of golf and to listen to entertaining, and hopefully amusing, speakers about the game we all play and enjoy.   Contacts: Anyone requiring the assistance of CAGU or wishing to know more about the golfing, coaching and other services provided by CAGU can find a list of contacts on the CAGU website.