Golf rules set for big change

Win­ter­bourn wins ladies’ com­pe­ti­tion

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

GOLF: Proser­pine Golf Club played a ladies’ com­pe­ti­tion on Wed­nes­day.

Twelve women played the sin­gle sta­ble­ford in damp con­di­tions, with the win­ner be­ing Anna Win­ter­bourn with 30 points, on a count back from Lyn Muller.

Third place went to Pauline Red­path with 29 points.

The pin shots were won by Faye El­der on nine and Ti­ina Rand­mae on 16.

The rules of golf are about to get a big shake up.

R&A and USGA, the two main rul­ing bod­ies in golf, are call­ing for club feed­back and re­mind all golfers the pro­posed new rules will not come into force un­til at least Jan­uary 1, 2019.

If your marker or some­one in the group pings you for a breach of the rules, such as tap­ping down spike marks on your putting line, you have to ac­cept that penalty un­der the cur­rent rule. The pro­posed new rule will per­mit you to tap it down with no penalty.

Other putting changes in­clude no penalty if the ball ac­ci­den­tally moves af­ter you have ad­dressed the ball, no penalty if the putt strikes your caddy, any­one hold­ing the flag or their equip­ment, you can even putt with the flag in the hole .

Lost balls will have to be found in three min­utes in­stead of five min­utes.

The pro­posed new rule on dam­aged clubs will also change. Even if you dam­age the club in anger you can still use that club.

When tak­ing a drop, the pro­posal is, any height that does not touch any­thing you are drop­ping on. The sug­gested height is 25mm.

Red and yel­low marked penalty ar­eas will ex­pand from wa­ter haz­ards only ar­eas to in­clude desert, jun­gle and lava rock ar­eas.

How­ever where a player re­moves loose im­ped­i­ments, touches the ground with hand or club in a penalty area, the pro­posed new rule is no penalty.

Play­ers will be able to re­move loose im­ped­i­ments from a bunker.

Cur­rent rule: Any touch­ing of sand with hand or club re­sults in loss of hole/two-stroke penalty (with ex­cep­tions).

New rule: No penalty ex­cept when a player touches sand (1) with his or her hand or club to test the con­di­tions of the bunker or (2) with the club in the area right be­hind or in front of the ball, in mak­ing a prac­tice swing or in mak­ing the back swing for the stroke.

END GAME: Lyn Muller (pic­tured in com­pe­ti­tion last year) came se­cond on a count back at Proser­pine Golf Course.

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