Rules News | Oregon Golf Association
02/06/19 —
LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. and ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Feb. 6, 2019) – The USGA and The R&A have provided two clarifications to Rule 10.2b(4) regarding restrictions on caddies standing behind players, which take effect immediately. The purpose of Rule 10.2 is to reinforce the fundamental challenge of making a stroke and to limit the advice and other help a player may receive during a round. Rule 10.2b(4) ensures that aiming at the intended target is a challenge that the player must overcome alone. It states: “When a player begins taking a stance for the stroke and until the stroke is made, the...
02/01/19 —
By OGA Sr. Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive With just a few tournaments completed under the 2019 Rules, it is apparent that drop procedures and relief areas continue to be a major source of confusion among players. The changes in the Rules are meant to simplify the process by minimizing the times when a golfer is required to re-drop, thus speeding up the pace of play. However, the confusion around the drops are slowing the pace as golfers take extra time to insure they are proceeding correctly. Over time the new procedure will become...
01/01/19 —
By OGA Sr. Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive 2019 New Rules Even though the definitions section of the Rules of Golf has been moved from the front to the back of the Rule book, it doesn’t mean the definitions are of any less importance. We’ve long maintained that a player who understands the definitions is well underway to understanding the Rules, and that is even more true as we enter into a brave new world with the 2019 Rules of Golf. Many old familiar definitions and phrases no longer exist under the new Rules. Gone are “water...
12/01/18 —
By OGA Sr. Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive So It Begins As we approach the end of another year of Rule of the Month articles, we want to thank our loyal readers for once again making us the people’s choice as the most clicked on link at oga.org. Since the first of the year, you’ve navigated through 110 questions and answers spread over 11 articles. You’ve also asked a lot of good questions and proved, once again, that OGA members take a serious interest in the Rules of Golf. So, as a reward, and per our annual custom, we are giving...
11/26/18 —
With the new Rules of Golf in place, there are many resources available to all golfers through both the OGA and the USGA. See below for some key links that will aide golfers in learning the new rules. OGA Rules of Golf Workshops OGA Rule of the Month Feature Order Your Free Rules of Golf Book Rules of Golf Video Series New Rules of Golf Mobile App for Android and iOS . There are many more resources available through the USGA website. Please visit the following webpage for the complete USGA Online Rules Hub.
11/01/18 —
By OGA Sr. Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive 2019 Rules: The Teeing Area and Putting Green Correctly starting the play of a hole from the teeing area and properly completing the hole on the putting green are so important that these two areas of the course have special Rules governing play. A breach of a Rule in these two areas could easily result in a player being disqualified. Test your knowledge of the new Rules pertaining to the teeing area and putting green with the following quiz. Questions: True / False When starting the play of...
10/15/18 —
Limits on size and scale of putting-green maps introduced but handwritten player and caddie notes still permitted LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. AND ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (October 15, 2018) - The USGA and The R&A have published the finalized interpretation on the use of green-reading materials in golf, which take effect on Jan. 1, 2019. The new interpretation of Rule 4.3 (Use of Equipment) has been introduced following a six-week feedback period. It reaffirms the governing bodies’ view that the ability of golfers to read greens using their own judgment is an essential skill that should be maintained...
10/01/18 —
By OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive Parts of the Course in 2019 While scientists have been debating for years the question of is it possible for a person to be in two places at once, the question can also reasonably be asked about a ball on a golf course. And since it’s important for players to know exactly on which part of the course their golf balls lie, the purpose of this month’s article is to add clarity to some major changes in the Rules for next year that redefine the parts of the golf course. Understanding the...
09/15/18 —
LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. AND ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (Sept.12, 2018) – Golf’s new Rules have been published by the USGA and The R&A ahead of their effective date on Jan. 1, 2019. For the first time, a new Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf is being introduced to provide a shorter, more user-friendly version of the Rules for golfers at all levels of the game. This version, which will serve as the primary publication for all golfers, features: A more intuitive organization with 10 simplified topical groupings A “Purpose of the Rule” description at the top of each Rule, to better define why the...
09/01/18 —
By OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive Change is Good Beginning this month, the focus of the Rule of the Month articles will change as we begin to explore the changes to the Rules of Golf that become effective on January 1st, 2019. For your convenience, the 2019 version of the Rules can be viewed, downloaded and printed at USGA.org . As long as there have been Rules, there have always been Rules that many golfers have considered senseless and not necessary. Yet, the complexity of the game, played outdoors over a wide variety...
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