Friday, March 23, 2018

Ask Linda #1725-Ball in unmarked hazard

1) Ball is embedded in soft creek bed. Ball is visible but clearly half-embedded. Creek is not staked or red-lined.

How do I play?

2) Ball is not embedded in soft creek bed but is more than half covered with sticky mud. Creek is not staked or red-lined.

How do I play?

3) In either of the above, if I chose to take a stroke and drop the ball, can I clean it?

Lou from Ontario, Canada

Dear Lou,

The fact that the hazard is unmarked does not absolve the player from his responsibility to recognize that his ball lies in a hazard. If he decides that his ball is unplayable, he must choose one of the relief options in Rule 26-1. All of these options permit the player to clean the ball or substitute another ball.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ask Linda #1724-Score written in wrong column

Hi Linda,
Could you solve a problem that sometimes occurs in 4-ball better-ball stroke-play competitions? Most of the time we are all guilty of checking after 9 holes how many points were scored, then after the back nine and the total. We don't always check that the right scores were put in the CORRECT COLUMNS, i.e., the score against the correct person. Yesterday we had a team come in with a winning score but the columns were the opposite of what they should have been–player A's (9hcp) scores were in column B and player B's (18hcp) scores were in column A. The card was signed by marker and player and handed in. Maybe an hour later someone noticed that the scores were the wrong way round.
Question 1 - is that team automatically disqualified?
Question 2 - if the person who signed as player is still in the clubhouse can he rectify his mistake?

As always thank you for your invaluable guidance.
Lou from the U.K.

Dear Lou,

Unfortunately, the team is disqualified [Rule 6-6d]. I believe it is safe to assume that, for at least one of the holes, the score that was recorded for one of the players was lower than the score he had actually taken. The penalty is disqualification. 

The players would have been permitted to correct the position of the names, had they done so prior to submitting their scorecard. There is no option to change the scorecard once it has been signed and turned in to the official scorer and the competitors have left the scoring area [Rule 6-6c, Decision 6-6c/1].

Reviewing the total score for each nine is a terrible habit. Players are not responsible for the total score (they are only responsible for the hole-by-hole score), so why look at the total score at all? How much trouble is it to read off nine scores for each player at the turn, and again at the end? Would it take more than a minute or two? Is it worth running the risk of disqualification?

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Ask Linda #1723-Re-tee when stroke and distance brings you back to the teeing ground

If you take an unplayable and bring the ball back to where you hit it from, which happens to be the  tee box, can you re-tee the ball?
As always, I thank you for your answer.  
Lou from Green Valley, Arizona

Dear Lou,


Whenever you choose (or are required) to play from where you played your previous stroke, and that location is the teeing ground, you may re-tee your ball anywhere within the teeing ground [Rule 20-5a].

If the previous spot were through the green or in a hazard, you would have to drop the ball. And if it were on the putting green, you would place it.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ask Linda #1722-How to replace ball after someone else hits it

Player A plays Player B 's ball by mistake.
Player B discovers this and retrieves his ball to play from the correct spot.
Is Player B entitled to the lie he had before A wrongly played it, and place it, or must he drop it and possibly be penalized by the ball bouncing into a terrible lie? 
Lou from British Columbia, Canada

Dear Lou,

In both match play and stroke play, when another player mistakenly plays your ball, you must place a ball on the spot from which your ball was played [Rule 15-3a and b].

Please take notice that I said to place a ball, not the ball. You may place any ball on the correct spot. There is no requirement to retrieve your original ball.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Ask Linda #1721-Lift, clean, replace, and lift again

Dear Linda,
We currently have a temporary local rule of “Lift, clean, and replace” on closely mown areas through the green in place at our golf course due to wet weather and worm castings on fairways. 
My partner’s ball landed 1 metre off the edge of the green. He marked, lifted, cleaned, and replaced his ball. He left the marker in position and then lifted his ball again, realigning it in preparation for the putt onto the green. Was the ball already in play once he had replaced the ball? 
Does a penalty apply? 
Please advise, Linda.
Lulu from Adelaide, South Australia

Dear Lulu,

Once the ball is replaced, it is in play. If the player lifts her ball a second time she has breached Rule 18-2 and will incur a one-stroke penalty. 


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