From Tee to Green Issue 16.5 (April 18th)
THE ADVENTURES OF DORMIE AND RUBBO: RULE 25
Abnormal Ground Conditions, Embedded Ball, and Wrong Putting Green
This past Wednesday following the quick snow melt our newest members Rubbo and Dormie were anxious to play. As you can imagine the course was extremely wet with some standing water and most of the course very soft. Both players made pars on the first and bogeys on the second -- no roll in the fairway made the second play very long. When they arrived at the third they faced a legitimate breeze in their face. Dormie hit first and being a little too aggressive aimed left and due to the wind, landed in the bunker. Rubbo seeing this decided to aim farther right and hit a good drive in the fairway but higher than he wanted -- the wind got underneath the ball causing it to balloon and come down steeply.
As they walked across (it was cart paths only) Rubbo finds his ball sunk into the fairway where it landed. Dormie continues across and doesn't immediately see his golf ball. After further search he finds that it too has embedded but into the sand. Simultaneously Dormie and Rubbo look across to each other and yell, "Do we both get relief?"
A quick call to Ben and it is determined that Rubbo who is in the fairway (a closely mown area through the green) is allowed under Rule 25-2 (Decision Book 25-2/0.5) to lift clean and place without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay, but no nearer to the hole. Here is the full rule:
If a player's ball is embedded in any closely-mown area through the green, it may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.
Note 1: A ball is "embedded" when it is in its own pitch-mark and part of the ball is below the level of the ground. A ball does not necessarily have to touch the soil to be embedded (e.g., grass, loose impediments and the like may intervene between the ball and the soil).
Note 2: "Closely-mown area" means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.
Note 3: The Committee may adopt the Local Rule as provided for in Appendix I allowing a player relief, without penalty, for a ball embedded anywhere through the green.
As you might imaging Dormie is a bit McDuffed as his opponent now as a significantly better lie compared to his ball half buried like an artifact in the Sahara. He knows that at best all he will be able to do is unearth the ball with zero advancement and at worst not move the ball at all. Fortunately for Dormie, Ben also told them that under Rule 28 (Unplayable Ball) Dormie is allowed to take a drop with a penalty of one stroke, but he is at least assured to be in a better position after a drop.
From Tee to Green Issue 16.4 (April 11th)
OF INTEREST AT CATAWBA ISLAND CLUB: Bunker Consistency
*Originally published by Golf Digest in the September 2015 Issue.
-Consistency in bunkers has become a very big issue. The type of sand, particle size and depth are important factors. Winter freezing, spring thawing and heavy rains will affect bunkers, too. North-facing bunkers dry out slower than south-facing ones. Bunkers change from day to day, week to week, year to year. (Mark Kuhns, Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.)
-If you're complaining about bunkers, it must mean that the rest of the golf course is in pretty good shape. Now, if fried-egg lies are commonplace that should be addressed. But let's not forget that bunkers are hazards. You shouldn't be afforded a perfect, consistent lie very time you enter a hazard. (Kyle Hegland, Sand Hills Golf Club, Mullen, Neb.)
-The consistency all falls to math. Take a golf course will 100 bunkers, each averaging 1,000 square feet. That's 14.4 million square inches of sand. How many possible lies might there be for 1.68-inch-diameter golf ball, struck at different angles, trajectories and distance, under all kinds of different weather conditions? (Steve Cook, Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
-Bunkers originated when sheep burrowed into low spots in sand dunes on Scottish links to take refuge. I doubt they burrowed consistently. That said, consistency comes from treating something consistently on a daily basis. When each bunker has a different requirement, that makes it nearly impossible. (Josh Lewis, Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash.)
-Bunkers close to fairways and greens usually receive water when surrounding turf is irrigated. Bunkers farther out don't, so they tend to be drier, less compacted and more difficult to hit good shots from. (Bob Farren, Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort)
GOLF TIP: Understand your Wedges…..and loft…..
Wedges are, of course, irons. But wedges are often talked about separately, placed in their own category. When talking about the category of wedges, most golfers mean the gap wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge. Although a pitching wedge has "wedge" in its name, it is usually grouped with the other irons. The gap wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge are often sold separately. Because the focus with wedges is on accuracy - trying to hit a short shot as close as possible to the flagstick.
Wedges feature the shortest shafts and highest lofts of any golf clubs. In fact, wedges are often identified by their loft rather than their name. A Gap Wedge, typically has a loft from 50 to 53 degrees, a Sand Wedge typically has a loft from 54 to 56, while a Lob Wedge has a loft from 58 to 64 degrees. It is VERY important when designing a set make-up for yourself that you determine your scoring club needs.
As stated before scoring wedges have different lofts thus giving the player to the ability to hit the golf ball various yardages based on the need according to getting the ball in the hole in the least amount of strokes. In teaching, I always take a look at my student’s scoring clubs to make sure that they are properly lofted based on the number of scoring clubs that are carried within the USGA 14 club limit.
When determining your scoring clubs, I find the most important element is LOFT and the proper gapping of degrees within these lofts. For example, most if not all players carry a pitching wedge which has a loft from 45 to 48 degrees, if the next scoring club that you carry is a high lofted (56 or above) sand wedge or a lob wedge, your loft separation may be too much. I recommend in determining the highest lofted scoring wedge that you would like to carry and then decrease in loft by 4 to 5 degrees until you get to your most lofted iron that is not determined to be one of your scoring clubs.
Here is to getting the ball up and down and lowing your score!
Ben Moore, PGA (email@example.com)
COMMUNITY CORNER United Way in Ottawa County Event Series
United Way in Ottawa County is investing $343,050 in 18 different programs, partnerships, and initiatives that benefit Ottawa County residents (Click Here to learn more about the programs). To support the United Way and subsequently the people in Ottawa County we are participating in the 2016 Golf Event Series -- four events hosted on the courses of Ottawa County with the finale hosted here at Catawba Island Club. The proceeds from each event will go directly to services in Ottawa County. We encourage you to learn more about this event and consider participating. If you are unable to participate but would like to learn more about either donating or volunteering, please contact Ken Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
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From Tee to Green Issue 16.3 (April 4th)
USGA Handicap Guidelines no longer permit solo rounds to be posted
The USGA is attempting to strengthen the peer review component of the handicap policy and by not permitting unaccompanied rounds to be posted to a player's handicap. In the USGA's perspective
playing a round alone/unaccompanied doesn't meet the definition of "peer review". Peer review is the "reasonable and regular opportunity to play golf with others and the ability to form a reasonable basis for supporting or disputing a score that has been posted. The next question is what qualifies as playing alone. In the discussion the USGA states that being accompanied may include a caddie, marker for a tournament, or even a friend riding in a golf cart; and they add that a player does not need to have a scorecard attested to verify it was an accompanied round.
We have numerous people that play "unaccompanied" and expect a great many questions on this rule. We will be hosting a rules discussion this fall - date to be posted - in which we will cover this new policy. In the meantime if you have any questions please contact our professional staff at the Golf Shop - (419) 797-9813.
Link to USGA One Page Explanation
The Yachtsmen's Association (YA) is open to all Catawba Island Club members regardless of boat ownership. Throughout the season the YA hosts a series a fun events including parties and cruises. These events are a great opportunity to meet fellow CIC members and see some really cool places. Click Here to see the the 2016 Calendar. If you would like more information email Holly Geary, Membership Coordinator.
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