One strange golf rule

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CEN­TRAL Golf Queens­land sec­re­tary Gur­ney Clamp has been around the traps a long time, but he did have his knowl­edge of the rules tested re­cently.

“I was in the club­house of the Yep­poon Golf Club when a mem­ber of the club ap­proached me af­ter a so­cial round of golf,” Gur­ney ex­plained.

“He had been play­ing golf with a cou­ple of his mates on a windy Sun­day morn­ing when he asked to give a rul­ing on a very strange in­ci­dent that hap­pened dur­ing the round.

“Ap­par­ently, af­ter putting his golf ball to­wards the hole on the 17th, a large leaf blew over and com­pletely cov­ered the hole.

“His golf ball came to rest on top of the leaf di­rectly above the hole – the ball would have dropped into the cup had the leaf not been there.”

Now, Gur­ney is no mug and asked the player to pro­duce the leaf.

“The player in­volved showed me the of­fend­ing leaf that cre­ated the prob­lem,” Gur­ney said.

“I had a cou­ple of thoughts as to what the rule was, but I thought I had bet­ter check with Golf Queens­land.

“I was ad­vised that the player had to place his ball marker be­side the leaf, lift the golf ball, then the leaf, re­place the ball at the marker and putt the ball into the hole.”

Prob­lem solved, we think.

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