09/01/17 —
By OGA Senior Rules Officials: Terry McEvilly and Pete Scholz Rule 13-2. Improving… The world’s longest English language sentence weighs in at an astonishing length of 33 pages and 13,955 words. This month we look at Rule 13-2, which is only two sentences long -- yet each of those two sentences also carries some serious length. Click Here for Complete Rule of the Month Archive The first sentence of Rule 13-2 prohibits improving or allowing to be improved, areas of the course that might give the player a potential advantage. Before we begin to break down this Rule, the word “improve” must be...
08/01/17 —
Senior Rules Officials: Terry McEvilly and Pete Scholz This month’s article wraps-up the series on relief without penalty. Otherwise known as free relief from certain things on the golf course that would create an unfair situation if the player had to play from them. The most common items that a player is entitled to free relief from include cart paths, sprinkler heads and casual water and other abnormal ground conditions. Such items were covered in previous articles which can be found in the Rule of the Month archive on the OGA.org website. But more infrequently, there are a number of other...
07/06/17 —
The USGA and R&A earlier this year unveiled a preview of proposed new Rules of Golf as part of a joint initiative to modernize the Rules and make them easier to understand and apply. Rules Modernization - Playing a Ball - USGA.org USGA.org has a new resource that details the 33 major changes expected to have the most impact on the game and to be of most interest to golfers. This week's focus is on Playing a Ball. Click on the link above for the full Playing a Ball section or click on each individual link below for articles applicable to specific situations. Items Covered: Caddie Standing...
06/30/17 —
Senior Rules Officials Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Rule 25 Abnormal Ground Conditions “Relief from things unfair”, as it has become known, covers many situations that are not normally found on a golf course. Namely, interference from obstructions and abnormal ground conditions that make the proper playing of the game difficult. While an obstruction is an artificial (man-made) object, abnormal ground conditions might be the result of human activity but also includes natural causes. Rule 25-1 provides relief without penalty from abnormal ground conditions and will look very similar to Rule...
06/02/17 —
Rules Modernization - The Equipment - USGA.org The USGA and R&A recently unveiled a preview of proposed new Rules of Golf as part of a joint initiative to modernize the Rules and make them easier to understand and apply. USGA.org has a new resource that details the 33 major changes expected to have the most impact on the game and to be of most interest to golfers. This week's focus is on Equipment. Click on the link above for the full Equipment section or click on each individual link below for articles applicable to specific situations. Items Covered: Use of Clubs Damaged During Round...
06/01/17 —
OGA Senior Rules Officials Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly The focus of last month’s article was on definitions that must be applied when dealing with relief without penalty on the golf course. Often referred to as “free relief”, the most common need for this type of relief is from interference with a cart path. However, many other obstructions, such as sprinkler heads and control boxes use the same relief procedure requiring a good understanding of Rule 24 (Obstructions). This month we look at both movable and immovable obstructions but don’t be surprised if some of the questions require a...
04/27/17 —
OGA Senior Rules Officials Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly While one of the main tenets underlying the Rules of Golf is that the ball should be played as it lies, we all know that often times doing so would put golfers at a disadvantage through no fault of their own. A ball often times comes to rest in situations that would be unfair if the golfer were required to play it as it lies – on a cart path, in a hole made by a gopher or against a sprinkler control box. Fortunately, the Rules provide “relief without penalty”, more commonly known as “free relief”. But such relief scenarios can be...
04/25/17 —
Full USGA Article & Video Full text of the Decision 34-3-10 After a controversial Ruling on the LPGA Tour with Lexi Thompson, during the ANA Championship, the USGA and R&A have established a new Decision limiting the use of video, which will take effect immediatly. According to the USGA's press release, "The two organizations have also established a working group of LPGA, PGA Tour, PGA European Tour, Ladies European Tour and PGA of America representatives to immediately begin a comprehensive review of broader video issues, including viewer call-ins, which arise in televised...
04/17/17 —
Rules Modernization - Taking Relief - USGA.org The USGA and R&A recently unveiled a preview of proposed new Rules of Golf as part of a joint initiative to modernize the Rules and make them easier to understand and apply. USGA.org has a new resource that details the 33 major changes expected to have the most impact on the game and to be of most interest to golfers. This week's focus is on Taking Relief . Click on the link above for the full Taking Relief section or click on each individual link below for articles applicable to specific situations. Items Covered in Taking Relief Include:...
04/14/17 —
Click here for complete video and USGA article Ever wondered what the difference is between an amateur golfer and a professional golfer, besides just skill? Well there are Rules that help distinguish and protect the difference. While they can seem complex, click on the link above for a simple and easy video that helps explain the Rules of Amateur Status.
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