Club Competitions

About our internal club competitions

Our internal competitions are open to all playing members, although some (such as the Backbone and Veterans) have specific entry requirements. You can enter the competitions from January right up until the end of the pre-season meeting in April. The men's and ladies' committees will draw for the first round early on in the season, and there are typically gaps of 3 weeks between rounds.
Competitions are not played on set dates - it's up to the challenger to arrange the game, and offer 3 dates to his/her opponent.


Men's / Ladies' Championship
Winner is first player to 21 shots.
The Championship winners get an automatic entry into the following season's Sussex County Champion of Champions and Mid-Sussex Champion of Champions competitions.

Men's Handicap Singles
Each entrant will have a handicap decided by Men's Committee.
Scoreboard set to reflect handicap before game starts.
(e.g. A 6-handicap vs a 2-handicap will read 6-2 before a wood has been bowled).
First to 21 wins, so winner may only have to score 12 to win (with handicap of 9).

Men's Two Wood Singles
Played with two woods using a 'Roving jack', so just bowl to the jack without straightening it, like Crown Green.
Bowls must finish within one yard of the jack, otherwise they are 'dead'.
Winner is first player to 21 shots. No marker required, but you may arrange one if you so wish.

Ladies' Two Wood Singles
Played with two woods. Match consists of 21 ends. Highest score wins the match.
Extra end to be played if scores are tied after 21 ends.
Played with a centered jack, no yard stick required.

'Butfoy' Mixed Singles
Winner is first player to 100 points, or highest winning score if extra ends are required.
10 points are available on each end: 4 for shot wood, 3 for second wood, 2 for third, 1 for fourth. Shot wood takes the jack.
The 'Butfoy' competition is open to all members of the club.

Ladies' 100 Up Singles
Same 100 Up format as the Butfoy, but no extra ends are involved - the winner is declared as soon as one player has reached 100 or more. For example, if Jennie is on 96 and Carol is on 94, and Jennie gets the shot (4 points), but Carol gets 2nd, 3rd and 4th (6 points), then Jennie is the winner, because she reaches 100 first, as her shot wood is the first to be removed from the head. In the Butfoy, an extra end would be played.

Men's Veterans Singles
Only open to men who have reached the age of 70 on or before April 1st of the current year. Winner is first player to 21 shots.

Men's / Ladies' Backbone Singles
Open to members who have not won a club singles competition in the last 5 years.
Winner is first player to 21 shots.

Men's Handicap Pairs
Pairs are drawn randomly, and allocated a combined handicap, by adding the two singles handicaps together.
If a player does not have a singles handicap, they will be assigned one by the Men's Committee.
Match is played over 21 ends, with extra ends as necessary if scores are tied.
Scoreboard set to reflect handicap difference before game starts, eg if Bill and Stephen have a combined handicap of 12, and their opponents have a combined handicap of 8, the scoreboard will read 4-0 before the game begins.

Ladies' Pairs
Pairs are drawn randomly. Match is played over 18 ends or 4 hours (the final is 21 ends and no time limit), with extra ends as necessary if scores are tied.

Mixed / 'Drawn' Pairs
Pairs are drawn randomly. Match is played over 18 ends or 4 hours, with extra ends as necessary if scores are tied. No time limit for the final.
Husbands and wives cannot enter as pairs, but they may enter separately. "Mixed" pairings cannot be guaranteed - sometimes it might be two men, or two ladies. Games are played in the "Australian" format, in a 2-4-2 format, so that players skip alternate ends.
Players can not visit the head before bowling their wood.

Whetstone Cup (2 Wood Mixed Triples)
Mixed Competition and players are divided into Leads, 2s and Skips and then drawn for teams. Played on set Wednesday evenings in August.
Games consist of 15 ends. Only 1 to be scored on the first two ends.

Chris Sugarhood / Betty MacMillan Trophy (ladies triples)
Players are divided into Leads, 2s and Skips and then drawn for teams.
Played on set Wednesday mornings. Only 1 to be scored on the first two ends.


Other rules:

  1. Substitutes for Pairs Competitions may only be used in exceptional circumstances. These will be nominated by the Competition Secretary and the Committee and may must not have already played in that competition.
  2. The date stamped on the bowls must conform to the Bowls England rules.
  3. Rinks must be drawn for play.
  4. All competitions to be played in Greys and the Finals played in Whites.
  5. The Challenger books a rink and in the case of Singles, arranges the Marker, preferably not a spouse, but must be a bowler
  6. All matches in all rounds of each Competition shall be played by the due date. Only in exceptional circumstances (e.g., illness) will the Competition Secretary consider the possibility of any extension to any due date. Finals Days games have to be played on the day(s) unless disrupted by rain.