Rules News

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...
02/28/17 —
OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Rule 12-1 Seeing Ball; Searching for Ball While searching for a ball seems simple, there are many opportunities for a golfer to breach a Rule inadvertently. A careless search may move the ball or even improve the lie of the ball or the area of stance or swing. Searching in a hazard adds a new level of precaution, but knowing what is permissible will make your search less daunting. Rule 12-1 covers permissible methods to search for a ball with several of the actions overriding other Rules and protecting the player from a penalty. Next...
01/27/17 —
OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly DOWN AND DIRTY? NOT ALWAYS. “Here’s mud in your eye.” The origin of this phrase is unclear, but one theory, intended to be an insult, refers to the lead jockey of a horse race spraying mud on the other jockeys. On the other hand, it is more commonly meant as a toast of good will. We would like to offer still another theory of our own. We believe it is the phrase spoken many years ago by the first player ever asked by a fellow-competitor, “May I lift and clean the mud off my ball.” Playing golf this time of year in Oregon will often...
01/03/17 —
OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly The life of both the player and referee became much easier with the announcement that a new Local Rule could be adopted starting January 1, 2017 that would eliminate the penalty for a player accidentally causing his ball to move on a putting green. Both the USGA and R&A will be adopting the Local Rule for their championships and qualifiers, as will the Oregon Golf Association, the world tours and the Masters. In addition, the OGA recommends that all member clubs adopt this Local Rule as well. The suggested wording for the Local...
12/09/16 —
The USGA and The R&A recently announced the introduction of a new Local Rule that eliminates the penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the putting green. The Local Rule will be available for any committee in charge of a competition to use starting Jan. 1, 2017. It will be adopted by the USGA and The R&A in all of their championships, qualifying competitions and international matches. “Eliminating this penalty responds to the concerns we have heard from both golfers and committees about the difficulties in applying the current Rules when a player accidentally causes a ball to...
11/30/16 —
OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly As 2016 draws to a close, we want to take this opportunity to thank our readers and wish everyone Happy Holidays. And, as a small token of our appreciation, introduce other avenues and opportunities to further your Rules knowledge. The Rule of the Month is very popular and continues to be the most used link of OGA publications. The Oregon Golf Association is one of few state associations that has a high level of commitment to Rules education. Five one-day Rules workshops are offered around the OGA regioneach year and the USGA/PGA...
10/31/16 —
OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Throughout the year, questions come into the OGA, via phone or email, regarding rules situations during tournaments and club play. Often these situations involve multiple Rules and can be very complex. This month we have chosen a few of the more interesting situations to share with you. Situation 1. Dana from Medford peaked the “interesting” scale with the following. During a stroke play tournament, player A’s ball lies on the putting green 45 ft. from the hole. Player B’s ball also lies on the putting green but about 35 ft. from the...
09/28/16 —
Parts of the Course: The Putting Green OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly The time has come to put an end to our series on the parts of the course. Since we began on the teeing ground, it’s only fitting to conclude with a look at the putting green. Often, penalties are incurred on the putting green simply because procedures are different than the rest of the golf course. Test your knowledge of the putting green with the following questions and remember that knowing and playing by the Rules will always add enjoyment to your game. Questions: True/False The entire ball...
08/30/16 —
Parts of the Course: Water Hazards OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly This month we continue the “parts of the course” series with a focus on water hazards and lateral water hazards. Knowing the difference between water hazards and lateral water hazards and the proper relief options for each is imperative for every golfer. Many golfers have incurred additional penalty strokes by proceeding under the lateral water hazard (red) option of two club-lengths from where the ball last crossed the margin when their ball was in a water hazard (yellow). A thorough reading of the...
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