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.
04/03/17 —
Rules Modernization - Area of the Course - 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 Areas of the Course . Click on the link above for the full Area of the Course section or click on each individual link below for articles applicable to specific situations. Items Covered in Area of...
04/02/17 —
Click here for a video of the ruling and the full article on Golf.com Another professional golf major and another rules controversy. And for this one, LPGA star Lexi Thompson has taken center stage. Thompson led the tour’s first major of the season, the ANA Inspiration, by two strokes after 54 holes, but a ruling on Sunday cost her four strokes. As Thompson was putting on the 12th hole during the final round, the telecast started to talk about a rules infraction that was recently brought to their attention — and it happened on Saturday On the 17th hole on Saturday, video shows Thompson...
04/01/17 —
OGA Senior Rules Officials: Terry McEvilly and Pete Scholz Rule 12-2. Lifting Ball for Identification With the spring rapidly approaching and the grass and bushes growing faster than the greens keepers can keep up with, it is important to know how to search and identify a ball. Last month we covered permissible searching actions. This month we focus on the procedure when a ball is found but the player is unable to identify it. Rule 12-2 is only a few sentences long but describes in detail what the player must do to avoid penalty when identifying his ball. However, Rule 12-1 also permits...
03/29/17 —
In the group stage of the PGA Tour’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship last Friday at Austin (Texas) Country Club, Tyrrell Hatton was competing in a three-man sudden-death playoff to determine who would advance to the Round of 16. On the putting green of the first extra hole, Hatton was preparing to putt for par when he grounded his putter behind his ball and caused it to move. In the past, Hatton would have incurred a one-stroke penalty and replaced his ball before playing his next stroke. However, the PGA Tour adopted the new Local Rule, which the USGA and The R&A...
03/22/17 —
There are still spots available for the final 2017 OGA Regional Rules of Golf Workshop scheduled for April 1 at Bend Golf & Country Club. Led by Senior Rules Officials Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly, the workshops include eight hours of instruction, a Rules of Golf book, light breakfast and lunch. Admission is $35. The Regional Rules of Golf 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 commonly used Rules of Golf and the associated definitions. Space is limited to...
03/01/17 —
Visit USGA.org for more information FAR HILLS, N.J., USA and ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (March 1, 2017) – The USGA and The R&A have 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. The online release of this preview begins a six-month feedback and evaluation period during which all golfers worldwide can learn about the proposed changes and provide input before they are finalized in 2018 and take effect January 1, 2019. The announcement follows a comprehensive review process that began in 2012...
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