Rule of the week #17 – Time allowed for a ball search

Hi Ladies,

Last season or 2, the League decided to limit the search for a lost ball to 3 minutes instead of the USGA’s rule of 5 minutes to help with the pace of play. This year, the USGA got on board!  Your 3 minutes begins when you get to the area you think your ball came to rest. After 3 minutes of searching, your ball is declared lost. If you hit a provisional ball (10 stars for you!!), that ball will now be in play. If you did not hit a provisional ball (minus 10 stars), you must return to the spot you last played the ball and rehit.

Contrary to what many of you believe to be ok, you MAY NOT play your ball if somebody finds it AFTER your 3 minutes is up and you are returning to the spot to rehit it or before you have hit your provisional ball.

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Rule of the week #16 – Damaged clubs

Hi Ladies,

For those of you who have wrapped a club around a tree or bent your putter over your knee, I would suggest taking an anger management class! The good news is that you are now allowed to keep using the club no matter the nature or cause of the damage. Last year, a player could still use the club only if it was damaged in the “normal course of play”.

Also, a player may not replace a damaged club, unless the player was not responsible for the damage (i.e. your cart partner runs over your club).       :))

Sue

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Rule of the week #15 New unplayable ball relief option for the bunker

Hi Ladies,

You may now take relief outside  the bunker back on line from the hole through where the ball was at rest for 2 penalty strokes.

There is a picture of where and how to take this option on page 119 Rule 19.3 in your rule book. This is one of 4 options you have when you find yourself in the bunker.

Sue

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Rule of the week # 14 – Bunker do’s and don’ts

Hi Ladies,

If your ball is in the bunker, you may move or touch a loose impediment such as stones, loose grass, leaves, branches, sticks, animal waste, dead animals, worms, insects and similar animals that can be removed easily and the mounds or webs they build and clumps of compacted soil (including aeration plugs). You may also touch the sand in a bunker with your club to keep your balance while stepping in the bunker or leaning on the club to rest with no penalty.

The exception to the rule, with a 2-stroke penalty, is when you touch the sand (1) with your hand or club to test the conditions of the bunker, (2) in making a practice swing, (3) with the club in the area right behind or in front of the ball or (4) in making the backswing for the stroke.

Sue

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