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82 WINTER 2019 | NCGA.ORG R U L E S O F G O L F 2019 NCGA Annual Rules Quiz You've read our cheat sheet on the new 2019 rules for several significant (and some lesser-known) changes and now it's time to see if you can make the grade. Unless the question states otherwise, the form of play is individual stroke play. BY RYAN FARB, NCGA Director of Rules and Competitions (He twice has earned a perfect 100 score on the PGA/USGA Rules) 1 A player is preparing to make a stroke from the putting green and sees that the flagstick is in the hole. The player does not ask anyone to attend the flagstick and makes the stroke. The ball strikes the unattended flag- stick and falls into the hole. What is the ruling? A. There is no penalty and the ball is holed. B. There is no penalty, but the stroke does not count and the player must replay from the previous spot. C. The player incurs a two-stroke penalty. Answer: A. Rule 13.2a(2) specifies that there is no penalty for striking an unattended flagstick left in the hole after a stroke from the putting green. Answer: B. 5 actual strokes and two penalty strokes. Rule 19.3b provides players an extra option to get out of a bunker using the back-on-a-line relief procedure, but it costs two penalty strokes to use the new option. 5 A player's tee shot comes to rest in a bunker with a steep, sandy face. The player's next stroke deeply embeds in the sand of the face. The player declares the ball unplayable, leaves the original ball in the sand and drops a new ball outside the bunker within one club-length of a point on a line created by the hole and the original position of the unplayable ball in the bunker. The ball comes to rest within the one club-length relief area and the player plays the ball onto the putting green and completes the hole with two putts. What is the player's score for the hole? A. 6. B. 7. C. 8. 4 A player's ball comes to rest in a red-staked penalty area consisting of long, native grasses. While preparing to make the stroke, the player removes several loose twigs around the ball and takes several practice swings striking the ground each time. What is the ruling? A. There is no penalty. B. The player incurs a two-stroke penalty. C. The player incurs two separate two-stroke penalties for a total of four penalty strokes. Answer: A. Rule 17.1b specifies that a player may play the ball as it lies under the same Rules that apply to the general area. There is no prohibition on removing loose impediments or touching the ground in a penalty area. 2 A player's ball comes to rest on the putting green near the hole in a position where it might help another player in the group on his next stroke. The players agree to leave the ball in place and the stroke is made. What is the ruling? A. There is no penalty. B. Both players incur a two-stroke penalty. C. Both players are disqualified. Answer: B. Rule 15.3a softens the penalty for agreeing to leave a helping ball in place to two strokes. Pre- viously this agreement would result in disqualification. 3 A player's ball comes to rest on a cart path. The player properly deter- mines the nearest point of complete relief and drops the ball in the relief area from knee height. The ball bounces and is accidentally deflected off the player's foot. The ball comes to rest in the relief area. How must the player proceed? A. There is no penalty, but the player must re-drop the ball. B. The player incurs a one-stroke penalty and must re-drop the ball. C. There is no penalty and the player must play the ball as it lies. Answer: C. Rule 14.3 dramatically simplifies the Rules for dropping and re-dropping. So long as the ball was dropped in the right way in the relief area, it does not matter if it is accidentally deflected after hitting the ground, so long as the deflection was not deliberate and the ball comes to rest in the relief area.

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