iPhones and Smart Phones (Hilary)

Ladies:

I will be posting on our notice board in the locker room the WGANC ruling regarding the use of iPhones and Smart phone as distance measuring devices. (Click here to view.) This ruling is in acordance with the new 2010 decision for the use of iPhones and Smart phones during your rounds of golf. I will also give a copy to our tournament committee for their use during play days and tournaments.

The iPhone 3GS comes with a compass app that cannot be removed, so it is not allowed. The iPhone model 3G does not, so that model can be used.

It’s the compass they are worried about as you could work out which way the course/greens slope.

Any questions?…. don’t hesitate to e mail me.

Hilary

Play Day, 3/9/2010 (Frances)

Our first play day of 2010 started out brisk, but turned into a very nice day. The course was in great shape and the ladies were delighted to be able to use their carts. The game today was Points, Putts and Low Net. We had 16 ladies play.
Our Winners were:
Overall Low Net – Jeanne Zwemer – Net 75 ($6.00 + award pin)
Overall Low Putts – Bonnie Ladd – 30 putts ($6.00 + award pin)
Flight Winners:
1st/2nd Tied: Frances Shipilov and Brenda Reisinger – Net 76 ($4.50 each)
3rd: Mary Watkins – Net 77 ($3.00)

Low Gross: Annette Krey – 90 Gross (Award Pin)

Closest to the Pin:
Hole #7 Frances Shipilov – 17’8” ($7.50)
Hole # 17 Jeanne Zwemer – 4’8 ¼ “ ($7.50)

We had one “birdie”: Dana Wardstrom – Hole # 17

Congratulations to all our players.

March Rules Seminars (Donna)

Dear Members:

There are two out of four Regional Rules Seminars still available to attend, and is open to all golfers. The cost is $20.00 (cash only) and includes a breakfast buffet, the USGA Rules of Golf book and a great 3-hour presentation. The next seminar is located at:

North Valley/River Valley
Valley Hi Country Club
Friday, March 19, 2010
Check-in 9:00 am – Seminar 10:00 am

East Bay/North Bay
Green Valley Country Club
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Check-in 9:00 am – Seminar 10:00 am

I have posted these events in the ladies locker room upstairs. Anyone interested please email me.
Thank you,
Donna Reich
Captain

New 2010 Decisions/Rules (Hilary)

Hi Ladies:

Having recently attended the Decisions meeting at Lake Merced Country Club I wanted to update you on changes that will affect our play in 2010.

RULE CHANGES. There was only one.

Rule 4-1/1.

This change will definitely NOT impact our play as it is only in use in “Competitions involving the highest level of expert play.”

Prior to 2010 the majority of golfers were using square or U grooves. This was beneficial for high caliber players as it allowed them to put an abundance of spin on their golf ball, especially out of the rough because of the sharp, deep grooves. The square grooves on wedges particularly were making it so that hitting a ball out of the rough was not a penal as it was intended to be. Hence the change. There is no need to change the irons you have in your bag unless you are heading to the LPGA tour.

DECISIONS. There are 28 new Decisions and over 50 Revised Decisions. The 4 below are important for us to know.

16-1a/ 9 Brushing loose impediments off the line of putt with palm of hand.

As long as you DO NOT press anything down, or test the surface of the green, you may “Use the whole palm of your hand, and use about a dozen strokes, to remove loose impediments which are difficult to remove from your line of putt.

27-2a/1.3 Announcement of Provisional ball.

If you want to put a Provisional ball in to play but your fellow competitors are far from you and unable to hear your “announcement” of a provisional ball you may now put a ball into play. However you must inform them of your action as soon as possible. This way play is not unnecessarily delayed.

14-3/16 Artificial Devices.

This is for all you “high tech” golfers who may use their iPhones on the course.

The application that has the distance measuring system MUST have the COMPASS part of its program removed. The iPhone, or any similar device must not be used to:

1. Access weather conditions that effect play, such as wind direction/speed/ or gradient of the course.

2. To call to ask for golf advice in breach of rule 8-1.

If you’ve managed to read through this far here’s a funny Revised Decision to end on.

23/ 6.5. Status of snake.

A live snake has always been an “Outside Agency” but now it defines that a DEAD snake is both an “Outside Agency and a Loose Impediment” This has been expanded to clarify that an item can fall under more than one Definition.

I’d prefer the Loose Impediment snake any day!

I hope this helps you.

Hilary