Rules of Golf
Rule of the Month (June)
RULE OF THE MONTH
Q: My ball went into a bunker alongside that of another player. What are the rules for proceeding? Can one ball be marked and replaced, who goes first, and can the bunker be raked after the first ball is played?
A: Yes, one ball can be marked and replaced - as to who goes first it depends on a) if it is a match then whomever is furthest from the hole must play first b) in strokeplay again the usual 'honour' lies with the person furthest away but common sense can come into play (eg during the Players, Tiger hit his ball first out of the bunker because the guy who was furthest away would have to stand on Tigers ball to play his shot).
The player who lifted the ball is required to restore the bunker to its original condition by raking or other means, even if this involves an area covered by R13-2 (improving area of lie etc) with respect to his next stroke...ie if Player B plays first and by doing so puts footprints around the area that A would be taking his stance, A can RESTORE the original condition (R20-3b). NB it is restore not improve. For example if the balls of A and B are in the same heel mark in a bunker, A lifts his ball, B plays and obliterates the heel mark - A is required to recreate his original lie as near as possible, including the heel mark and place his ball in that lie. Similarly if A's lie is made worse following B's play he can restore the lie.
A couple of other things
a) the bunker can be restored by anyone (Decision 13-4/19).
b) the ball that is lifted CANNOT be cleaned (R22-2)
c) if B plays first and accidentally moves A's marker - if the original lie of A's ball is known it should be recreated as nearly as possible in its original spot (which will need to be estimated) and the ball placed in that lie
d) If it is impossible to determine where the ball is to be placed or replaced it must be dropped in the hazard as near as possible to the place where it lay.
JOKE OF THE MONTH
A retiree was given a set of golf clubs by his co-workers. Thinking he’d try the game, he asked the local Pro for lessons, explaining that he knew nothing whatever of the game.
The Pro showed him the stance and swing, then said. “Just hit the ball toward the flag on the first green.”
The novice teed up and smacked the ball straight down the fairway and onto the green, where it stopped inches from the hole.
“Now what?” the fellow asked the speechless Pro.
“Uh….you’re supposed to hit the ball into the cup.” The Pro finally said, after he was able to speak again.
“Oh great!! So NOW you tell me.” Said the beginner in a disgusted tone.
CGRA 2013 Rules Course
Please see attached poster.
CANTERBURY GOLF REFEREES’ ASSOCIATION
• Play the course as you find it.
• Play the ball as it lies.
• And if you can't do either, do what's fair.
CANTERBURY GOLF REFEREES’ ASSOCIATION
AIMS OF OUR ASSOCIATION
• To develop, promote and foster knowledge of the Rules of Golf according to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews amongst members of affiliated clubs of Canterbury Golf Incorporated (CGI).
• To offer courses on the Rules of Golf to members of affiliated clubs, members of the NZPGA and golfers nominated by CGI
• To provide suitably trained and qualified referees for National, Provincial or District tournaments.
• To give interpretations of rules, and rulings on questions or disputes referred to the Association by CGI or affiliated clubs.
• To make such representations to the governing bodies of golf as may be thought necessary for the good of golf and the benefit of referees and refereeing.
• In consultation with CGI, provide assistance to clubs in the formation of Local Rules and correct marking of courses as required.
• To promote and organise social functions for the benefit of members and the Association as a whole.
Canterbury Golf Referees Association (CGRA) is available to help Canterbury Golf Clubs with any of the following:
Rules courses for club members and interclub teams
Referees for tournaments
The CGRA committee can be contacted as follows:
President: Markham Lee, firstname.lastname@example.org 021-337-779
Immediate Past President and Treasurer: Jenny Tilson, email@example.com 021-430-016
Secretary: Jan Stupples, firstname.lastname@example.org 021-484-081
Referees'Convenor: Hank Holt, email@example.com 332 7148
Newsletter Editor: Fiona Rynne. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Committee: Carole Forster, Terry Knott, David Page