Recently, the Board has adopted local Rule E-5 for our league for the purposes of helping the pace of play. This rule should be used if you have NOT hit a provisional ball. If you have to play your provisional ball there is only a one stroke penalty. If you use Rule E-5, you incur a 2 stroke penalty.
Attached are 3 diagrams showing your options and how they should be applied. Three scenarios are covered. They are when your ball can not be found, when your ball goes out-of-bounds and when either of those two situations occur close to the green.
The full explanation of the rule is on the GWGA website or you can just Google “Model Local Rule E-5”.
Questions? Please, just let me know.
Just in case any of you will experience the luxury of having a caddie, there are a couple of new rules that apply this year.
Your caddie is no longer allowed to stand on or close to the extended line of play behind you while you are taking your stance until you make your stroke.
Your caddie may now lift and replace your ball on the putting green without your permission to do so. Last year, it was a 1 stroke penalty!!
This is my last “ROTW’ as Greta and I have been calling them since January! Thank you, Greta, for posting these in a timely manner and thank you all for your feedback and positive comments. This is not the last you’ll be hearing from me!! Every week, my playing group always sends me back home looking up a specific rule because a particular situation came up or somebody just had a question and I will be sharing my findings with you. If a question/situation comes up in your group, I’d love to hear about it.
Under the old rule, it was implied that playing out of turn in stroke play was wrong or not allowed even though there was no penalty for doing so.
Now, playing “ready golf” is encouraged when it can be done in a safe and responsible way, such as when:
* Two or more players agree to do so for the convenience or to save time,
* A player’s ball comes to rest a very short distance from the hole and the player wishes to hole out, or
* An individual player is ready and able to play before another player whose turn it is to play under the normal order of play, so long as in playing out of turn the player does not endanger, distract or interfere with any other player. It would be a good idea to communicate your intentions to the player who’s turn it is before playing your ball. A player should not play out of turn to gain an advantage over other players.