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A player's ball comes to rest in an area of ground under repair. She decides to take relief and drops the ball within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole. The ball bounces and rolls about 3 feet, coming to rest 1 foot outside the originally measured one club-length, but no nearer the hole. She plays the ball from there and completes the hole. What is the ruling? A. There is no penalty. B. The player incurs a one-stroke penalty. C. The player incurs the general penalty. Answer: A. Rule 20-2c provides that a ball can roll up to two club-lengths from where it first strikes the course before a re-drop is required, it does not need to stay within the originally measured area. Proposed Rule 14.3c specifies that a ball which comes to rest outside the relief area must be re-dropped. In a stroke-play competition with no Local Rules in effect, a player's ball embeds in some long grass through the green (rough). The player lifts the ball and drops it as near as possible to where it lay embedded, no nearer the hole and plays it from its new position. What is the ruling? A. There is no penalty. B. The player incurs a one-stroke penalty. C. The player incurs a two-stroke penalty. Answer: C. The current Rules only permit relief for a ball embedded in a closely- mown area through the green. A commonly used Local Rule extends that relief to anywhere through the green. Proposed Rule 16.3 permits relief for a ball embedded anywhere in the "General Area" and permits making a Local Rule restricting relief to closely-mown areas, thus reversing the current Rule. A player hits her tee shot into a deep fairway bunker. She deems the ball unplayable and asks a member of the Committee for her options. Which of the following is NOT an option available to the player? A. Under penalty of one stroke, the player may drop a ball behind the bunker, on a line keeping the point where the ball originally lay between where the ball is dropped and the hole. B. Under penalty of one stroke, the player may drop a ball in the bunker, no nearer the hole, within two club-lengths of where the ball originally lay. C. Under penalty of one stroke, the player may play a ball from the teeing ground. The ball may be teed. Answer: A. The current Rules do not permit a player to drop a ball outside the bunker unless proceeding under stroke and distance by playing from the previous spot. Pro- posed Rule 19.3 gives players an additional option to drop outside the bunker on a line, but will cost two penalty strokes. A player has her caddie standing directly behind her on an extension of the line of play behind the ball in order to assist with her alignment for a stroke as she takes her stance. What is the ruling? A. There is no penalty, the caddie does not need to move before the stroke is made. B. There is no penalty, provided the caddie moves prior to the stroke being made. C. The player incurs the general penalty, regardless of whether the caddie moves prior to the stroke being made. Answer: B. Rule 14-2 prohibits the caddie from standing on an extension of the line of play behind the ball during the stroke. Proposed Rule 10.2b prohibits a caddie from standing in this position as soon as the player begins taking a stance. In the morning, a player plays in the first round of a three- day stroke play club championship. No Local Rules are in effect. In the afternoon, the player takes his daughter onto the course and plays three holes. What is the ruling? A. There is no penalty. B. The player incurs a two-stroke penalty for practicing when not permitted. C. The player is disqualified. Answer: C. Rule 7-1 prohibits practice on the competition course between the play of two rounds played over consecutive days. Proposed Rule 5.2 only prohibits practice on the competition course before the round on the day of play, but permits a player to play on the course later that day after the round. 5 6 7 9 8 NCGA.ORG | WINTER 2018 83

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