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.
Withdrawal of Rule on Ball Moving After Address
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
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).
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
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:
- SIGN UP BEFORE YOU TEE OFF FOR “DATE OF PLAY” TOURNAMENTS OR BEFORE POSTED DEADLINE
- SCORECARD MUST LIST EACH PLAYER’S HANDICAP
- SCORECARD MUST CONTAIN FIRST/LAST NAME
- SCORECARD MUST SPECIFY TOURNAMENT NAME
- SCORECARD MUST BE SIGNED BY THE SCORER
- SCORECARD MUST BE ATTESTED BY MGA MEMBER
- SCORECARD MUST BE DATED
- DOUBLE CHECK ADDITION ON THE SCORECARD
- 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.
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
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.
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.