2018 Rules Seminar Information
The handout from the Rules Seminar can be downloaded here. Topics covered included Claims, Concessions, Most Likely Score, Provisional Ball, Stroke Play Situations Which Must Be Corrected To Avoid Disqualification and a comparison of Stoke Play and Match Play rules.
New Local Rule for 2018
The CWDGA will implement the following Local Rule for the One Day Stroke
Play, Better Ball of Pairs, and Senior Better Ball of Pairs tournaments:
The additional two-stroke penalty for failing to include a penalty on the
scorecard when the player was unaware of the penalty will be eliminated.
FOUR BALL EXPLAINED!The USGA has created a quick video explaining the subtleties of playing in a Four-Ball Match (team play)
Local Rule Concerning Accidentally Moving the Ball on the Putting Green:
USGA has approved and the CWDGA has adopted the following Local Rule. The CWDGA strongly recommends member clubs incorporate this Local Rule:
"If you, your partner, your caddies, or your equipment accidentally moves a ball or ball marker on the putting green, there is no penalty and the ball should be replaced. The Rule also applies to your opponent or opponents in match play, the other side's caddies, and equipment. "
Click here for the USGA's description of this new Local Rule.
Limiting the use of Video
The USGA and R&A issued a new decision (Dec. 34-3/10) which implements standards for Rules Committees in limiting the use of video.
The USGA and R&A have enacted a new decision intended to limit the use of video review. Decision 34-3/10 introduces two new standards. The “naked eye” standard says that if the player did not feel and could not have seen the breach nor did the person standing next to the player, there should not be a penalty even when video technology shows otherwise. The “reasonable judgement” standard says that when a player determines a spot, position, line, area, distance, or other location in applying the Rules, the player should not be held to a higher degree of precision that might be provided by video evidence.
The full decision and explanation is available on the USGA website: