2012 New GOLF Rules:
As we move in 2012, several new rules are now in effect, as authorized by the USGA and the R&A in the Rules of Golf:
"Moving Ball out of way for other golfer, when not on the
The Situation: My approach shot landed and stopped on the fairway,
just short of the green. My ball was just a few feet closer to the hole
than one of my playing partners and directly in her line to the hole.
She asked me to mark my ball as she wanted to putt
her next shot instead of chip. We had a bit of an argument when I told
her that since I was not on the green that I could not legally mark my
ball. She contended that I could mark my ball without penalty even though
I was not on the green. I told her no and that I shouldn't play out of
turn just so she could have a clear path to the hole. We were not playing
in pick and clean conditions, so I refused and now she is not talking to me.
Please let me know who was right, I need to know
if I need to apologize to her or if not, I need something to show her.
I'm just not finding the right rule in the book so far -----Below is
the correct ruling -----
"The correct ruling is the lady was within
her rights to ask that the ball be lifted. Refusal to grant her entitled
rights results in disqualification."
Rules 22-2 and 3-4 are applicable.
Bottom line, another player has the right to ask
you to move your ball even if off the green. You have to mark and replace
without cleaning your ball. If you refuse to honor their
request (which they are entitled to make) you are denying them of a right, and
you are disqualified.
Rule 22-2 says that except when a ball is in
motion, if a player considers that another ball might interfere with his play,
he may have it lifted. In stroke play, a player is required to lift his
ball, or may play first rather than lift the ball. Except on the
putting green, a player may not lift his ball solely because he considers that
it might interfere with the play of another player.
Rules 3-4 deals with the refusal to comply with a
rule. In essence, it states that a competitor who refuses to comply with
a rule affecting the rights of another competitor results, has the penalty of
Ball Moving After Address (Rule 18-2b). A new exception is added which exonerates the player from penalty if their ball moves after it has been addressed when it is known or virtually certain that they did not cause the ball to move. For example, if it is a gust of wind that moves the ball after it has been addressed, there is no penalty and the ball is played from its new position.
Ball in Hazard; Prohibited Actions (Rule 13-4). Exception 2 to this Rule is amended to permit a player to smooth sand or soil in a hazard at any time, including before playing from that hazard, provided it is for the sole purpose of caring for the course and Rule 13-2 (improving lie, area of intended stance or swing or line of play) is not breached.
Time of Starting (Rule 6-3a). The rule is amended to provide that the penalty for starting late, but within five minutes of the starting time, is reduced from disqualification to loss of the first hole in match play or two strokes at the first hole in stroke play. Previously this penalty reduction could be introduced as a condition of competition.
The 2012 league season begins the week of April 16th and ends the week of August 20th. Additional weeks of play are at the discretion of the league captain and the golf course.
Each league will hold a pre-season meeting prior to the beginning of the 2012 league play.
All league members must be EWGA members in good standing.
All league members are expected to conduct themselves appropriately on the golf course. Players are expected to follow all local rules and rules of behavior including Dress Code.
EWGA chapters operate with the goal to provide an opportunity for women to play golf in a supportive environment. If you have any concerns or questions, please speak to your league captain or Anne Ketchum at email@example.com.
Course Etiquette and Ready Golf
Leave the course better than you found it.
Replace your divots
Rake the sand
Fix your ball mark on the green
Respect fellow players. Don’t talk or take practice swings or stand too close to another player who is about to swing.
Play quickly and efficiently.
Be ready to hit when it is your turn. Limit your pre-shot routine to one practice swing.
Note yardage as you approach your shot so proper club selection can be made quickly.
When a fellow player is hitting, try to follow the flight of the shot so you can help look for it if necessary.
Keep pace with the group in front. You are playing too slowly if the group in front is more than one hole ahead.
Your place on the course is behind the group in front of you and not in front of the group behind you.
If your group has an entire hole open in front of you because of slow play, you need to let the group behind play through.
For pace of play, a player should pick up her ball once she reaches a score of 10 on a hole. A 10 is the maximum number on any hole that a member with a 9-hole handicap of 20 can record. A 20 is the highest handicap a member can have for a 9-hole Handicap Index.
Never look for a ball more than 5 minutes. WHY? From the USGA Golf Etiquette 101:
Lost Ball...If a player believes his ball may be lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds, to save time, he should play a provisional ball. Players searching for a ball should signal the players in the group behind them to play through as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not easily be found. They should not search for five minutes before doing so. Having allowed the group behind to play through, they should not continue play until that group has passed and is out of range.
Always leave a golf cart on the quick exit side of the green and at least 30 feet from the putting surface.
Drop player farthest from the green at her ball, then go to yours. She can join you after you hit.
Each league will establish a substitute policy. It is important to remember that our host golf courses have set aside a certain number of tee times for us. We need to be good partners with our host courses and fill up our tee times.
While it is preferred that subs be EWGA members, a non-EWGA member may sub no more than two times in one season.
Each league may determine whether subs can win prizes.
League handicaps from last season will be the base for this season’s handicaps. Players without a handicap will provide either their USGA Handicap Index or a general idea of their typical 9 or 18-hole score. In addition, the first two weeks of league play can be used to help determine handicaps.
Handicaps will be calculated weekly. This should be very easy for league captains to maintain on a spreadsheet.
For purposes of league play, players should record their actual score on a hole (up to a 10) to determine the winner/loser of a match. For handicap purposes, the league captain should apply Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) when computing league handicaps. For example, if you have a 9-hole course handicap of 5 – the maximum score you can take on a hole is 7. You play a par 5 and score an 8, but your opponent scores a 6. You record the 8, and the opponent records the 6 to be used in your total 9-hole score. When the league chair goes to record your score for handicap purposes, she will change that 8 to a 7, and use your adjusted score for that week’s total. You will do the same when posting your 9-hole score for your USGA Handicap Index.
League players with a USGA Handicap Index should record their 9-hole scores as long as a majority of holes are played under Rules of Golf and at least 7 holes are completed.
Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) for 9 hole ESC:
Index Hole Score Max.
0-4 double bogey
20 or more 10
Inclement Weather Policy
The golf course will make the call as to whether golf is canceled.
Weekly Games and Prizes
Leagues may choose to play weekly games or a combination of games and competition such as a league championship. The prize money ($30 for the entire season) will be collected the first two weeks of league play. Participation in games is not mandatory. Prizes (cash) will be distributed at the End of the Year Banquet.
USGA Policy on Gambling:
“The USGA does not object to informal wagering among individual golfers or teams of golfers when the players in general know each other, participation in the wagering is optional and is limited to the players, the sole source of all money won by the players is advanced by the players on themselves or their own teams and the amount of money involved is such that the primary purpose is the playing of the game for enjoyment.”