Some of you may have recently read that the USGA has introduced a new Local Rule regarding “accidental movement of the ball on the putting green”. They will be implementing this Local Rule at all of their tournaments this year and they are recommending that Clubs do the same for their members. With this in mind I talked with our Tournament Committee, Cathy and Bonnie, and also Barbara our Captain. They are in full agreement that we should implement this Local Rule.
I have attached a video from the USGA website which explains exactly how this Local Rule works. Remember however if the wind blows your ball on the putting surface you will play it where it ends up BUT if you accidentally move your ball, ONLY on the putting surface, you replace your ball and play it without penalty.
If you have any questions please e mail me.
I am in the process of discussing this with Jon and he will be deciding if this Local Rule will be used for the Country Club’s tournaments as well. I will keep you informed as to his decision for those events that he runs for the Country Club.