RULES CORNER w/ SMERIGLIO

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One of the core functions of the USGA is to write and interpret the Rules of Golf. The USGA Association does this in conjunction with the R&A in St. Andrew’s, Scotland. The USGA also sets guidelines for competitions and Amateur Status. Learn and play by the rules for maximum enjoyment of the game.  We will post different topics on the Rules of Golf from time to time, so check back often. We’re here to help. If you have any questions regarding the Rules of this great game, please don’t hesitate to contact me or one of the professionals up at Orange Hills.

– Dave Smeriglio

 

May 31, 2016

Hello, I hope everyone is enjoying the 2016 MGA season. The weather has been a little tough and the conditions quite challenging. I wanted to send out some reminders of while either playing in a MGA Tournament or posted round.
  • First and foremost please pay attention to the Lift, Clean & Place (in your own fairway) signs located at the front desk and first tee along with an email stating Lift, Clean & Place. Sometimes this decision is made just prior to the first tee time. In this case the email may not make it the night before. Again this is Lift, Clean & Place in YOUR OWN FAIRWAY. Do NOT take a preferred lie in the rough.
  • Putt everything out! You are playing the field and the hole is not completed until the ball is in the cup.
  • If you are unsure of a Rule please attempt the following:
    • Consult your fellow golfers for a correct decision
    • Call the club house (203-795-4161 x 1) ask for one of the Pros, Bob Tosetti, Frank Selva and ask for a ruling.
    • Invoke Rule 3-3 (Doubt as to a Procedure) and play 2 balls (Only in Stroke Play) and announce to your fellow competitors that you are playing 2 balls and announce which ball will count if the Rules permit the procedure for that ball. You can then get the correct decision after your round and must be before handing in your card, to record the correct ball to be scored.
    • In Match Play, the dispute must be decided prior to teeing off on the next hole. Again use the steps above to determine the correct ruling.
  • It is every Player’s responsibility to protect the field by;
    • Approaching that player who is in violation of a rule.
    • Or at least reporting it to an appropriate tournament committee member.
April 8, 2016
Significant Rule Change to 2016
  • Withdrawal of Rule on Ball Moving After Address
Rule 18-2b (Ball Moving after Address) has been withdrawn. This means that if a ball at rest moves after the player addresses it, the player is NO longer automatically deemed to have caused the ball to move. A one stroke penalty under Rule 18-2 will be applied ONLY WHEN the facts that the player has caused the ball to move.
  • Under Rule 18-2b, a player whose ball moved after address was automatically to have caused the ball to move. In 2012, an Exception to Rule 18-2b was introduced to cover situations where it was known or virtually certain that the player had not caused the ball to move, but the application of that standard was not always clear. The withdrawal of Rule 18-2b means that there no longer will be any presumption and that the same overall test in Rule 18-2 will apply to all actions by the player: if facts show that the player’s addressing of the ball or other actions caused the ball to move, the player will incur a one-stroke penalty.

February 5, 2016

We all run into this dilemma of when to clean my golf ball. Below, Rule 21 defines exactly when you can NOT clean your golf ball. There are only 3 situations when it is not allowed.
Rule 21 – Cleaning Ball

Definitions

A ball on the putting green may be cleaned when lifted under Rule 16-1b. Elsewhere, a ball may be cleaned when lifted, except when it has been lifted:

a.To determine if it is unfit for play (Rule 5-3);

b.For identification (Rule 12-2), in which case it may be cleaned only to the extent necessary for identification; or

c.Because it is assisting or interfering with play (Rule 22).

If a player cleans his ball during play of a hole except as provided in this Rule, he incurs a penalty of one stroke and the ball, if lifted, must be replaced.
If a player who is required to replace a ball fails to do so, he incurs the general penalty under the applicable Rule, but there is no additional penalty under Rule 21.

Exception: If a player incurs a penalty for failing to act in accordance with Rule 5-3, 12-2 or 22, there is no additional penalty under Rule 21.


 

August 21, 2015

August 22nd & 23rd Lift, Clean & Place Rules

Lift, Clean & Place will be in effect this weekend in your own fairway for HOLE #14 ONLY!


July 14, 2015

RULE 18-2

Practice Swing Accidentally Moves Ball before Stroke on Teeing Ground

Q. Before making a stroke on the teeing ground, a player makes a practice swing and accidentally knocks the ball off the tee with the club. Is there a penalty?

A. There is no penalty as the ball was not in play. Additionally, the player has not made a stroke – see Definition of “Stroke.” The player must put a ball into play from the teeing ground. (Decision 18-2a/19)


May 21, 2015

May 23rd, 24th & 25th Lift, Clean & Place Rules

Lift, Clean & Place will be in effect again this weekend in your own fairway for HOLE #14 ONLY!


May 13, 2015

MGA TOURNAMENT RULES FOR SIGNING UP AND SCORING

YOU CAN’T WIN IF YOU GET DISQUALIFIED

REMEMBER TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR EVERY TOURNAMENT:

  1. SIGN UP BEFORE YOU TEE OFF FOR “DATE OF PLAY” TOURNAMENTS OR BEFORE POSTED DEADLINE
  2. SCORECARD MUST LIST EACH PLAYER’S HANDICAP
  3. SCORECARD MUST CONTAIN FIRST/LAST NAME
  4. SCORECARD MUST SPECIFY TOURNAMENT NAME
  5. SCORECARD MUST BE SIGNED BY THE SCORER
  6. SCORECARD MUST BE ATTESTED BY MGA MEMBER
  7. SCORECARD MUST BE DATED
  8. DOUBLE CHECK ADDITION ON THE SCORECARD
  9. SCORECARD MUST BE PLACED IN THE CLEARLY DESIGNATED BOX FOR THAT TOURNAMENT

IF ANY OF THE ABOVE ARE NOT DONE CORRECTLY YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE TOURNAMENT

If you have any questions about the scoring process, please ask one of the golf professionals up at club.

Thank you,

The Orange Hills MGA Tournament Committee


May 8, 2015

May 9th – May 10th Lift, Clean & Place Rules

Lift, Clean & Place will be in effect again this weekend in your own fairway for HOLES 2, 11, 14, & 15 ONLY.


May 1, 2015

May 2nd – May 3rd Lift, Clean & Place Rules

Lift, Clean & Place will be in effect this weekend in your own fairway for HOLES 2, 4, 11, 14, & 15 ONLY.

The above mentioned holes are still recovering from the snow and ice in the low lying areas. If you have any questions about this, please contact one of the Golf Professionals up at Orange Hills this weekend.

– Dave Smeriglio


April 2, 2015

OHCC Easter Weekend Golf Course Rules

NOTICE:

This weekend (including Friday) ALL BUNKERS will be designated as Ground Under Repair under Rule 25-1. Relief: Stance and Swing plus one club length no nearer the hole.

Snow & Ice will be considered as casual water or lose impediment under Rule 25-1.
Rule 25-1: Relief: Player must lift ball and drop it, without penalty, within one club length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief.Loose impediment a player may obtain relief under
Rule 23-1: Except when both the loose impediment and the ball lie in or touch the same hazard, any loose impediment may be removed without penalty.

March 28, 2015

4-1. Unfinished Holes and Conceded Strokes

Please click on the link below for the complete explanation and ruling as there was a request at the annual meeting how to post conceded strokes in Match Play and posting unfinished stroke play rounds.

http://www.usga.org/Rule-Books/Handicap-System-Manual/Rule-04/