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NCGA.ORG | WINTER 2019 83 9 No Local Rules are in effect. The player tees the ball in the teeing area and at- tempts to make a stroke at the ball but misses. The player picks up the ball and re-tees it at another spot in the teeing area and plays. The tee shot comes to rest in a bunker. The player uses a range-finder to determine the distance to the hole with no other features on the device activated. The player removes several stones around the ball and plays the stroke. Video evidence reveals that the player actually touched several grains behind the ball during the backswing, but this was not perceivable by the naked eye and the player was unaware. The ball embeds in its own pitch- mark in the rough. The player lifts the ball, cleans it and drops it within one club-length of the spot directly behind where the ball was embedded and plays it to the green. The player marks and lifts the ball on the putting green and then replaces it. A gust of wind moves the ball an inch from its original spot. The player replaces the ball on its original spot and proceeds to r epair several spike marks on the line of play. The player leaves the flagstick in the hole and putts. The ball comes to rest against the flagstick with half of the ball below the lip. The player lifts the ball and makes a stroke from the next teeing area to start another hole. What is the player's score for the hole? A. 5. B. 7. C. 9. D. The player is disqualified. 6 A player's ball comes to rest in a puddle of temporary water. The player properly determines the nearest point of complete relief and, leaving the original ball in the puddle where it is easily recoverable, drops a new ball in the relief area. The dropped ball rolls into the puddle where it could easily be recovered. The player drops a new ball in the relief area and it also rolls into the puddle where it could easily be recovered. The player then places yet another new ball on the spot where the second drop first struck the ground in the relief area and plays. What is the ruling? A. The player has proceeded correctly and there is no penalty. B. The player incurs a two-stroke penalty for substituting when not permitted. C. The player incurs a total of four penalty strokes for multiple substitution violations. Answer: A. Part of Rule 14.3's simplification of the drop process includes allowing substitutions even for free relief situations when the original ball can easily be recovered. Rule 14.3a specifically states that another ball may be used when dropping or placing under this procedure. 7 A player marks and lifts the ball on the putting green. To put the ball back in place, the player rolls the ball into its correct position in front of the ball-marker and putts the ball into the hole. What is the ruling? A. There is no penalty, a ball may be replaced in this manner. B. The player incurs a one-stroke penalty for replacing the ball in the wrong way. C. The player incurs a two-stroke penalty for playing from a wrong place. Answer: B. Rule 14.2b(2) states a specific manner in which a ball must be replaced, along with a new Definition of Replace. The ball must be set down and let go with the intent for it to be in play. Rolling the ball into place is no longer permissible. 8 In a single match, a player makes a stroke from the general area and the ball accidentally deflects off of the player's cart and then the oppo- nent's cart, which was also parked nearby. The ball comes to rest on short grass in the general area. What is the ruling? A. The player incurs a one-stroke penalty and must play the ball as it lies. B. The stroke may be cancelled and replayed without penalty or played as it lies with a one-stroke penalty. C. There is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies. Answer: A. There is a lot going on here, but the player incurs no penalties. In fact, touching the grains of sand was the only Rule that was breached, but since the breach could not reasonably be seen by the naked eye and the player was unaware the sand had been touched, the video evidence is disregarded. All the other actions that were previously breaches or improper procedures are now OK under the Rules. See Rules 6.2b(6), 12.2a, 20.2c, 16.3, 13.1d(2), 13.1c and 13.2c. Answer: C. A major change for 2019 is how the Rules handle accidental deflections. When the deflection is accidental, the ball must be played as it lies and there is no penalty to anyone with only a couple exceptions in special circumstances. See Rule 11.1.

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