Match Committee News – January

New Rules of Golf are in Play

From the 1st of January the new changes to the rules of golf have come into effect.

Some rules that might effect you directly are the new procedure for taking a drop, the time limit for looking for a lost ball and the different rules for playing from a hazard.

A dropped ball must be released from knee height; you now have only 3 minutes to search for a lost ball; and you can remove loose impediments in bunkers and hazard areas. In a hazard area you can now also ground your club behind the ball and even take a practice swing.

In addition a new local rule concerning lost or out of bounds balls is explained below. Make sure you have read this rule before you apply it.

New Local Rule for Ball Lost or Out of Bounds

When a player’s ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.

For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in the relief area (see Rule 14.3):

This Local Rule is not available if a provisional ball has been played.

2019 Local Rule option 1

2019 Local Rule option 2

Bird Damage on the Course

The Corellas have been at it again and this year are attacking our fairways in search of a meal. If your ball lies in this damage on a fairway then you are entitled to 1 club length free relief not nearer the hole. If the line of your putt on a green is affected by bird damage then you may move your ball so that you have a clear line of putt. It must be the same distance from the hole.

3 Month trial of how we award prizes in a competition.

To enable us to make a proper judgement on the best way to award prizes it has been decided to now run non-stroke competitions in a single grade and thus award larger prizes [and a gross prize if there are more than 80 players] for a period of 3 months.

At the end of March members will be asked to vote on which system is better.

In the meantime please feel free to give your opinion by replying in the comments section below.

Dave Ransom, on behalf of the Match Committee



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