Golf rules set for big change
Winterbourn wins ladies’ competition
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.