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Fair Play is Knowing the Rules

Jul 25, 2018 | Posted by Jeff Roy

Having had the great pleasure of traveling this vast country of ours as well as the US of A and doing my best to teach newly minted golf professionals on the finer points of the game. I did my best to impart what little knowledge I had stored up to these eager golf professionals who were willing to pay for said knowledge. (that was the part I always found amusing) I enjoyed the opportunity and have many fond memories of these young golf professionals and their passion for the game.

At one such gathering in Florida, I had what I thought done an outstanding job of articulating the importance of knowing the Rules of Golf. Not only for their sake as players but also as future Rules Officials back at their home courses. So, as I was wrapping up this articulate morning session and getting ready to send these half-starved youths to the buffet line waiting for them at the back of the room. My then partner in crime of this sojourn into the minds of the young was a colourful gentleman from Alberta. Who quite simply stood up and declared with the most sincere and straight face, “I just would like to say that what Jeff has said this morning is absolutely true regarding the Rules of Golf, however, remember this, if you don’t cheat, you just cheat yourself!”   He then winked at me which was to say, let's just let that simmer in their heads over lunch.

After lunch it was his turn to try and instill something of value to these now somewhat suspecting young golf professionals. My friend from the West did remind them that he was just kidding in his closing statement from the morning. The look of relief on their faces was a Kodak moment.

Now for the one Rule that seems to defy almost every golfer who has ever played any competitive golf. It is one of the Rules sited on every Rule Sheet that I ever made in my 27 years of typing them up for competitions that I had the privilege to have run.

The rule is; Rule 3.3 – Doubt as to Procedure; simply knowing how to handle a situation that you believe needs to be considered by “The Committee” at the end of your round and BEFORE you hand in and post your score.

In Stroke Play ONLY (not Match Play) it is as follows, if you are doubtful of your rights or the correct procedure during the play of a hole, you may, without penalty, complete the hole with two balls. In these circumstances, before taking any further action, the correct procedure you MUST follow is;a) Announce to your marker, or fellow-competitor, that you intend to play two balls) Declare which ball you wish to count if the Rules permit.c) Play out the hole with both balls recording the separate scores

An example of when this might happen is when a your ball comes to rest in an area that you feel should be marked as ground under repair (GUR). If you think that the Committee might subsequently declare the area to be GUR, you may announce to your fellow competitors that you will invoke Rule 3-3 and play a second ball, taking relief from what you consider to be an abnormal ground condition, and that you wish the score from which ball be counted if the Rules permit. You play your first ball from where it has come to rest and then drop a second ball within one club-length of the nearest point of relief from the area of ground you are disputing, not nearer the hole. 

There is one more very important point to remember after playing two balls under this Rule. You must report all the facts of the situation to the Committee before returning your score card. If you fail to do so, you are disqualified. This is the case even if you make the same score on the hole with both balls.

This is a great Rule to know and use when needed, but you must follow all the proper procedures to use it correctly or the consequences can be worse than invoking the Rule in the first place.

Play on and know your Rules, they can come in handy every once in awhile.



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Money List
Pos. Name Winnings
1 Ken Burke Sr. $74.33
2 Chris Rivando $62.8
3 Sunny Tutti $49.17
4 Jeff Roy $46
5 Kevin Dobbs $43.33
6 Bryan Hilborn $37
7 Randy Mackay $35
8 Brian Friedlein $27.34
9 John Carbone $27
10 Jeff Galipeau $26
11 Ted Kicinski $20
12 Paul Putney $19.91
13 Bryan Foebel $19.5
14 Gord Tellier $18.5
15 Rick Heywood $16.45
16 Gary Pinelli $15.17
17 Earl Tobias $14.75
18 Kevin Hall $14.3
19 Roger Beck $14.05
T20 Barrie Wilson $14
T20 Phil Clough $14
T20 Michael Ker $14
T20 Brian Pye $14
T24 Rick Desjardins $13.67
T24 Ron Lindhorst $13.67
T24 Ed Bogucki $13.67
27 Gary Rodgers $13.03
28 Mike Boulard $10
T29 Jim Hollingshead $9.25
T29 Bob Beck $9.25
T31 Ron Lee $8.5
T31 Jim Huntingdon $8.5
33 Tom Moffatt $7.47
34 Dean Miller $7.45
T35 Dennis VanBrussel $7.25
T35 Marty Smits $7.25
T37 Jindy Bains $6.8
T37 Fred Moreau $6.8
T39 Art Cunningham $6.67
T39 David Drummond $6.67
T41 Asger Skrubbeltrang $5.33
T41 John Pool $5.33
43 Stan Sigut $4.5
44 Kent Sauder $4.25
45 Darryl MacMicken $2.6
46 Garry Patrick $2
47 Michael Behm $0.5
T48 Jeff Airhardt $0
T48 Luke Nieuwland $0
T48 Lou Nieuwland $0
T48 Dave Humber $0
T48 Bill Ayotte $0
T48 Joe Biamonte $0
T48 Lonnie Daradick $0
T48 Bob Desjardins $0
T48 Carmine Guadagno $0
T48 Mark Hardy $0
T48 Ricky Thompson $0
T48 Marc Huminilowycz $0
T48 Keith Huntingdon $0
T48 Larry Layne $0
T48 Steve Mester $0
T48 John Sider $0
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