Friday, July 12, 2013

Ask Linda #688-Gate in boundary fence

Linda, I thought I'd seen this question in one of your email posts.  I went to your site and searched but I either can't find it or I dreamed it.
Anyway, question is if a player's ball is next to a fence that is OB but the section of the fence at his/her ball is a gate and the gate can open and give the player relief to hit the ball, is he/she allowed to do so?

Lulu from Texas

Dear Lulu,

When a gate in a boundary fence is closed, it is part of the fence and may not be moved. If the gate happens to be open, the player may leave it open or close it [Decision 27/18].

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