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07/01/18 —
By OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive Movers and Shakers While in today’s world movers and shakers are often admired, such may not always be the case on the golf course as being a mover and shaker during a round often time leaves the player with a penalty. It can all be a bit confusing as, another golfer, in what may appear to be a similar situation, is allowed to move something without the fear of penalty. Because consulting the Rules of Golf booklet prior to moving an object is time consuming and not very practical, it is...
06/01/18 —
By OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive Differences Between Stroke Play and Match Play As the golf season moves into summer and clubs begin to provide a variety of competition opportunities, it is important to understand the differences between stroke play and match play. While many competitions will have a stroke play qualifier followed by match play, Rule 33-1 prohibits playing both forms of golf simultaneously. The Rule states, in part, that “certain Rules governing stroke play are so substantially different from those...
05/01/18 —
By OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive Margins and Boundaries Margins and boundaries of the course are generally marked with colored stakes, lines painted on the ground, or a combination of the two. Additionally, even a different cut of grass, such as the putting green, may also indicate a margin. Some margins and boundaries extend both below and above the ground. While others extend only down. Truly confusing, to say the least. But it is important for every player to know on what area of the course their ball lies. For...
04/01/18 —
By OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive The Committee The vast majority of the topics we present in the Rule of the Month articles deal with what a player may or may not do on the golf course. However the Committee in charge of a competition is also bound by the Rules of Golf. While some rulings may seem unreasonable, the Committee is often times limited by the Rules and the officials are there to interpret the Rules, not create new ones. Rules that pertain to the Committee are largely unfamiliar to the average golfer. The...
03/12/18 —
LIBERTY CORNER, N.J., USA, and ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (March 12, 2018) – The USGA and The R&A have unveiled the new Rules of Golf, to be implemented January 1, 2019. The USGA and The R&A finalized golf’s new Rules this month after an extensive review that included a request for feedback from the global golf community on the proposed changes. Golfers can now access the official 2019 Rules of Golf by visiting RandA.org or usga.org/rules. Click Here for the USGA's Rules Hub Webpage Detailing the Major Changes The process to modernize the Rules began in 2012 and was initiated to ensure...
03/05/18 —
The R&A and the USGA have completed the annual review of driving distance in golf, producing a research report that documents and evaluates important findings from the 2017 season. Introduced in 2015, the annual report examines driving distance data from seven of the major worldwide professional golf tours, based on nearly 300,000 drives per year. The data from studies of male and female amateur golfers is also included. The 2015 and 2016 editions of the distance report presented the increases in driving distance since 2003 as a slow creep of around 0.2 yards per year. The 2017 data shows...
03/01/18 —
By OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive Cancelling a Stroke It doesn’t happen often, but there are times in the Rules when a stroke is cancelled and the player is required to play again from either the same or a corrected location. Usually, the player has been impacted negatively by an unfair occurrence or has gained a significant advantage by a breach of the Rules. Additionally, there are situations when a player may require an opponent in match play to cancel a stroke and replay. Regardless of why the stroke was cancelled,...
02/01/18 —
By OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for Full Rule of the Month Archive What to say, when to say it or does anything need to be said? These are questions we have all asked ourselves in the midst of life’s situations and now every golfer must ask themselves the same questions when applying the Rules. A few Rules require a golfer to have a verbal conversation with either his or her opponent, a marker, a fellow-competitor or the Committee. Still other Rules prohibit having certain conversations with any of the above. This month we look at the Rules that...
01/27/18 —
The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club (Aloha) and Stone Creek Golf Club (Oregon City) will be host venues for the first two OGA Rules Workshops of 2018. These two workshops will focus on the current rules, while the remaining workshops which will be held later in 2018 will focus on the upcoming rules changes. The Reserve (Feb. 24) - Click Here to Register Stone Creek (March 17) - Click Here to Register The OGA's Rules Workshops are designed for individuals who are familiar with the game and wish to acquire a better understanding of the Rules of Golf. The workshop will focus on the more...
01/01/18 —
By OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for Full Rule of the Month Archive Winter Conditions. Does the game of golf really need more challenges? Those golfers brave (or foolish) enough to be playing in poor weather conditions face the additional challenges of a wet and windy course and added clothing that makes swinging a club difficult. On the bright side, it is very easy to get a tee time when the weather conditions are not perfect. The Rules of Golf provide some relief when dealing with certain course conditions. But generally, more generous relief is...
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