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March Rules Quiz

Ladies:

Please find the attached Rules quiz. If you have any questions, or need a specific subject covered next time, please let me know.

Thanks,

Hilary

2020 golf quiz _1.docx

Changes in holes not played

Hi,

This was discussed at the regional meeting last week. It is in the Rules of Handicapping, different publication from the Rules of Golf.

One of the big changes is that you used to be able to play 13 holes and post an 18 hole score. It is now changed to 14. (If playing 9 holes, you needed 7 in the past and that has not changed. It made sense to change it for 18-holes to 7 x 2 =14).

What you take on the remaining holes depends on whether you started to play the hole or not. I have attached a document that goes over these 2 situations in detail.

Also, please be sure to post your scores by midnight the day you play. This is recommended by the World Handicap System.

Thank you Donna and Bonnie for your input

Deborah

Holes not played or not finished.docx

A note about Posting scores

Hi all,

Just a reminder, as we are all getting used to the new Maximum Score Hole – when submitting your Tuesday scorecards, we need you to put your postable score under MHS.

If you don’t stroke on a hole you can take a double, if you get one stroke you can take a triple and if you get 2 strokes you can take a quadruple. Or, Par plus two, plus your strokes (pops). I will pop the scorecards so you can easily see where you get your strokes.

Thanks,
Donna

Info on the new World Handicap System

I have attached a document that the Trilogy golf group put together. It is another well written explanation of how to determine where you get your strokes using the new World Handicap System.

Regards,
Donna
2020 WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM.pdf

Rules Updates from our Rules Chair Hilary Frigillana

Here are links to two informative explanations on  things we encounter during the course of play.   One is in regards to good old Hole 12 and “the bridge over troubled water” and the other an explanation of the penalties involved (or not) when you cause your ball to move unintentionally.    Both are explained very well – thank you, Hilary, for keeping us informed!

https://dbwgc.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/the-never-ending-story-of-hole-12.pdf

https://dbwgc.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/moving-your-ball.pdf

Hilary Rules Explanations

Ladies here are some questions that I have received recently about playing our course along with the answers.  I welcome your Rules questions so don’t hesitate to e mail me.

Question 1.  Earlier this year we used the local rule to “lift clean and place, fairway only”.  None of us realized that specification on hole 2 and a player move her ball in the rough and played it from there.  About 4 holes later we actually read the instructions and realized the error.  I assume a Rule is a Rule, and it is the responsibility of everyone to know the Rules, so this individual should have been penalized 2 strokes.  We did not tell the Committee or the player, and it was fortunate that this player did not win any money.  What is the Rule covering this, what should have been the penalty, and when is it too late to enforce a penalty like this?

Answer.  The player in question played her ball from a wrong place.  She lifted it where it was not allowed, put it in a different position, and played it from there.  As it was not a serious breach, meaning she did not get a significant distance advantage, she should have been penalized two strokes.  A serious breach would incur disqualification.

In stroke play normally a penalty must not be added after the competition is closed.  The Committee decides when that is.  It can be when all scorecards are signed and turned in, or when results have been announced or posted. The only time after the competition is closed that a penalty may be enforced is if the player knew they had incurred a penalty and did not record it.   Then at any time after the competition has closed they may be disqualified.

Question 2. 

One play day on hole 4 a player put a ball in the water that crosses the fairway.   Some of the group said under the new Rules she could drop on the other side, just as you can on hole 2.  I didn’t agree, thinking rules had not changed for yellow stakes.  Am I correct and it’s only where there are red stakes that one can take a lateral drop?

Would you mind sending out an email to our ladies clarifying penalty options for holes 2, 4, and 17?  There’s the drop on 17 we can use when a tee shot goes into the water but what options does a player have to play a ball that goes into the water later on 17?

Answer.  There is a common misunderstanding that the Rules for water hazards, now called penalty areas, have changed, they have not.

The USGA has become more liberal so that Clubs may line their penalty areas with red stakes where previously they were yellow stakes.  The reasoning is to speed up play and allow players to take a lateral drop, rather than the more time consuming going back in line with the pin or where last stroke was made.

The way of dropping a ball under a Rule has changed.  The height of the drop and only using the longest club in your bag, not putter, to measure the drop area, but that is the same for any drop under any Rule now.

Hole 2.  The Club decided to change the stakes from yellow to red around the penalty area (water).  Hence, if, and only if, your ball crosses the hazard on the “green-side”, hits land or sand and bounces back into the water, can you take a lateral drop on the “green-side”, at the place where your ball last crossed the hazard, no closer to the hole.

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Hole 4.   Yellow stakes line the penalty area, (water across the fairway) so if similar event happens there as on 2 you CANNOT drop on the other side.

Similarly on hole 12 where the water crosses the fairway……….yellow stakes.  Go back in line with the pin, or where last stroke was made, drop a ball and make your next stroke from there with one penalty stroke.

Hole 17.  The Club decided to keep yellow stakes around the penalty area (water), and put in the drop zone.  If your ball goes into the penalty area from teeing area you may use the drop zone for your next stroke and take a one stroke penalty. Once you have passed the drop zone the normal Rules apply for penalty areas with yellow stakes.  Back in line with the pin or where you made your last stroke, you cannot go backwards and use the drop zone.

I hope this helps you.

Hilary

Rules Change for Discovery Bay – Clarification Hole 2 and 17 and Hand Warmers

Ladies:

 

Your Tournament Committee has asked me to cover the Rules’ situations below.

Hole #2. In compliance with the new 2019 directives from the USGA our Club decided to mark the penalty area , water, with red stakes.  This allows a player to make a lateral drop, two club lengths from where the ball last crossed the penalty area no closer to the pin.  Your ball  MUST CROSS the penalty area and then go bak into the water for you to drop on the green side.  If your ball just hits the rocks or the pilings around the bunker and bounces back into the water it has NOT crossed the penalty area.  In such a case you will have to hit again from where you last played your ball, or drop a ball inline with the pin and where it crossed the penalty area as far back as you like but  NOT green side.  All options incur a one stroke penalty.  If you incorrectly drop a ball green side you may be disqualified!

Cold hands, warm hearts.  It has been cold lately, and for those players with warm hearts but cold hands it is permissible to use a hand warmer to unfreeze your digits, however, do NOT allow your warmer to come into contact with your golf balls.  A hand warmer is classified as an “artificial device” and they not permitted to be used.  Keep your ball warmer in one pocket and your golf balls in the other pocket.

Hole 17.  I am still in discussions with Jon about this hole’s markings but currently the only change to this hole is having a “drop area”.  If your ball goes into the penalty area, water, in front of the tee box you may use the drop area for your next shot and take a one stroke penalty.  Nothing else has changed on this hole.  If you make a shot from for example the green side bunkers, the cart part, or from the green and your ball rolls over the pilings into the water currently your only option is to play again from where you made your last stroke and take a one stroke penalty.  No lateral drops close to the pilings or margin of the penalty area are allowed.

I hope this helps you.

Hilary


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