2018 AGM Minutes


Three Counties Summer League AGM

2018 AGM Agenda

J1. President’s Welcoming Address and Report.

President Richard Evans , welcomed all attendees to the AGM , and congratulated all on another successful year of golf , although at this point we are still unaware of the winners of the league due to the backlog of fixtures .

He thanked the committee for there work in keeping the league going , and looked forward to the continued success of the league moving forward, remembering that fun, participation and friendship with an element of competition is the backbone of Rabbits golf.

2. Apologies for Absentee Clubs or individuals.

Bill Beynon – Committee Member, Tenby 

Kerry Rise – Committee Member, Garnant Park

* Due to the continued absence of Martin Durham, Mark Edwards has been nominated by Tenby to take his place. 

3. Minutes of the 2017 A.G.M.

Proposed Penrhos , 2nded Ashburnham 

4. Matters Arising.

No matters arising.

5. Chairman’s Report.

6. Secretary’s Report.

7. Review of One League Format- 

Discussion and vote on proposal –

“to keep one league format moving forward , or return to two league structure”

If Two league structure returned, 

discussion and vote on Garnant Proposal, seconded by Aberystwyth .

“That the League is made up of 2/3 divisions based on numbers and geographical location. The current league system, of playing 13 league games, is too onerous, as it causes issues with club competitions and rearranging games. It also takes up half of the summer season of 26 weekends and, becomes a financial burden on members who have traveling and inflated meal costs to pay.”

Also to be discussed if required 

Committee proposal

To abide by standings at the 2016 season, or standings as they are now? (7 teams in league 1 as Cardigan dropped out when in league 2) or to divide the league as with the positions relative to the 2018 season.

After long discussion with all clubs voicing their concern around clubs financial viability, the ethos and friendly nature of Rabbits golf ; enquires around standings of clubs as they would be if 2 leagues were chosen. 

The vote was – 10 to continue 1 league

3 against 

The one league format will now be adopted as permanent moving forward.

10. Nominations and Appointment of Executive Committee.

The President nomination is Mr. Mark Edwards  of Tenby Golf Club.

The Vice President:- Mr Tony Pratt of Milford Haven Golf Club.

The Chairman:- Mr Derek Coles  Of Haverfordwest Golf Club

The Secretary:-Mr Rhys Jones of Glyn Abbey Golf Club

Ad Hoc Members -Mr Bill Beynon, Tenby Golf Club

All nominees elected

11. New Chairman’s Address.

Derek thanked the AGM for his election , and during his address seemed to clarify and stress that Haverfordwest GC would be continuing and will be in a positive position to host the 2019 Three Counties Rabbits Open, on June 15th

12. Committee & Member Club Proposals.

Please see below

13. Any Other Business.

I)Moving forward , any member of either team can send the result to the Secretary. (Hopefully, by the end of the weekend the fixture was played ) . The preferred method of sending the result is text 

Home Team total pts (bonus pts) v Away Team total pts (bonus pts)

II) it was agreed that the secretary would table a discussion at the next AGM around moving to a similar format to Dyfed league where  Handicap determines pairings ( low play low , moving up through the pairings)

III) Efforts are to be made by the committee to draw in new clubs during the year ( 2 days after the AGM Machynys GC contacted the secretary to discuss joining, it was decided by them to play a few friendly matches to get a taste of Rabbits golf  with a view to joining in the 2020 season).

14. Close Meeting.

Club and Committee Proposals

Proposed by the Committee 

1.As it is harder for an away team to gain any sort of result this proposal is reward an away team by altering the points structure, it also might encourage more to play away.

“ home draw 1pt, away draw 3pts , home win 3pts, away win 5 pts.”

Penrhos suggested that it would be fairer and reward a win more, to amend the points to 

“ home draw 1pt, away draw 3pts , home win 4pts, away win 5 pts.”

this was agreed as the new submission for ratification.

Garnant Park suggested that the points should remain the same 

Vote  7 for the new points scoring ( as above )

4 against

The new points scoring will be included in the league rules

2. ALL matches should be concluded by the last weekend of September. Any matches held after this date can take place but will not count towards the league.

Vote – 10 for the proposal

3 against

All matches must take place by the last Sunday in September. – Unless agreed by the committee upon request from the home club with a substantive reason for the change of date. 

Proposed by Garnant, seconded by Carmarthen / Aberystwyth

3.That teams are made up of 6 pairs. – courtesy of the course to be offered to visiting teams. 

Vote 0 for the proposal ,

12 against  – proposal rejected.

4.That the minimum handicap is raised to 15. This would be in line with the purpose of creating The Rabbits League, – “to meet the needs of high handicap players” 

Vote 2 for the proposal 

10 against – proposal rejected