Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ask Linda #373a-Rule 6-3a amended for 2012

Dear readers,

I plan to review the 2012 changes to the Rules in January, when they will take effect. However, since the issue of starting late will be one of those changes, perhaps it is best that I mention this one now.

Starting in January, players will no longer be disqualified for arriving late at the first tee. The penalty will be two strokes (loss of the first hole in match play) if they arrive within five minutes of their starting time. Players will still be disqualified if they arrive later than the five-minute grace period.