November 23, 2017
|Prior to playing a stroke from the putting green a player requests her fellow competitor to tend the flagstick but the fellow-competitor fails to remove it and the player’s ball hits the flagstick. Who incurs the penalty?|
The player incurs a two stroke penalty and the ball must be played as it lies. It is the player’s responsibility. (In match play, the player would incur a loss of hole penalty.) (Rule 17-3)
|The player marks her ball on the green but does not lift the ball. The wind or gravity then moves the ball. What is the ruling?|
The ball is in play until it is lifted. It is immaterial that the position of the ball had been marked. It must be played from its new position. The same is true if the ball has been lifted and replaced, whether or not the object used to mark the position has been lifted. The ball would be played from its new position as it was in play as soon as it was replaced. (Definition of Ball in Play, Decision 20-4/1)
|A player entitled to relief lifts her ball and drops it in an improper manner and in a wrong place. What is the ruling?|
The player is entitled to correct the errors before making her next stroke with no penalty. If the player failed to correct the errors, (a) in match play, the player loses the hole for playing from a wrong place. (Rule 20-7-b). In stroke play, she incurs a penalty of two strokes. Although she breached two Rules, she incurs only the penalty for playing from a wrong place. (Note 3, Rule 20-7c).
4—What is the penalty if a player has a non-conforming club?
Provided the player has not made a stroke with the non-conforming club, in match play, at the conclusion of the hole at which the breach is discovered, the state of the match is adjusted by deducting one hole for each hole at which a breach occurred, maximum penalty per round is two holes. In stroke play, the player is accessed a two stroke penalty for each hole at which the breach occurred, four stroke maximum penalty per round. In either format, if the breach is discovered between play of two holes, it is deemed to have been discovered during play of the next hole. Any club or clubs carried in breach of Rule 4-1 must be immediately declared out of play.
In four ball play, the penalty also applies to the partner. (Rule 30-3d)
If a player makes a stroke with a non-conforming club she loses the match or is disqualified from the competition. In four ball play, the penalty also applies to the partner. (Rule 30-3e)
|The Committee announces a discontinuance of play and one player chooses to leave her ball on the course. When play is resumed the ball cannot be found. How does she proceed?|
Play must be resumed from where it was discontinued, even if on a subsequent day. A ball or ball marker must be placed on the spot from which the original ball was moved. If the spot cannot be determined, it must be estimated. (Rule 6-8d iii).
|A player does not finish a hole or the hole has been conceded. How does the player post a score?|
If a player does not finish a hole or is conceded a stroke, she must record the most likely score for handicap purposes. A most likely score is the number of strokes already taken, plus in the player’s best judgment, the number of strokes needed to complete the hole from that point more than half the time.
The most likely score should have an "X" preceding the number. For example, player A is just off the green in two strokes, and player A’s partner just holed out for a two; therefore, player A decides to pick up. Player A determines the most likely score would have been to chip on and two putt; therefore, player A will record an X-5 on the scorecard (two strokes already taken plus three more strokes to complete the hole). The player does not automatically put down the Equitable Stroke Control maximum.
Section 4-1 of the USGA Handicap System manual provides further reference.