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January 10th, 2017 posted by John Rains

The USGA and R&A have a new local rule that all golf organizations have the option of adopting that deals with a Ball on the Putting Green Being Accidentally moved by the player. CMGC has adopted this Local Rule to the CMGC Local Rules effective January 1, 2017. The Local Rule that will be adopted is as follows:


“Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:

When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment. The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.”

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CMGC Board of Governors Welcome New Members for 2017

January 3rd, 2017 posted by John Rains
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CMGC Rules Committee: Determining “Nearest Point of Relief”

December 6th, 2016 posted by John Rains

The CMGC Rules Committee recently provided the definition of nearest point of relief to be used when taking relief from interference. The interference was from an immovable obstruction or from an unusual ground condition.

In a follow-up to the Rules definition is how to determine the nearest point of relief.

Determining “Nearest Point of Relief”

Rule 24-2b/1

Question: The Note to the Definition of “Nearest Point of Relief” provides that the player should determine this point by using “the club with which he would have made his next stroke if the condition were not there to simulate the address position, direction of play and swing for such stroke.

“May the player use any club, address position, direction of play or swing in determining the nearest point of relief?

Answer: No. In determining the nearest point of relief accurately it is recommended that the player use the club, address position, direction of play and swing (right or left-handed) that he would have used had the obstruction or condition not been there.

For example, the player has interference from an immovable obstruction and, were it not for the obstruction, he would have used a right-handed stroke with a 4-iron to play the ball from its original position towards the green. To determine the nearest point of relief accurately, he should use a right-handed stroke with a 4-iron and the direction of play should be towards the green.