I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and happy new year.
Our traditional Ham and turkey Day was great fun with a fantastic lunch at the end. Well done Ben’s Mum. A reduced field of eighty members attended the day. Please leave a comment below if you can see any issues with this or other events throughout the year. Feedback is important.
Congratulations to the winners of the day with a lazy net 54.9.
The team that came 6th, although a valiant effort, was hampered by a distinct lack of skill… See full results on the web site 17/12.
The Mixed Foursomes was cancelled late last year due to rain & was rescheduled to Sunday 8th January with fourteen gallant teams vying for the amazing trophy. All was looking great with the women’s committee putting on lunch afterwards. The winner on the day was once again the weather, being too hot. I will try to find a spot later in the year. “Rats”.
Please keep an eye on the program for upcoming events, you can find it on our web site and in The Putter. It is getting a bit crammed, and I am enjoying having to rearrange it due to weather, but I understand all will be well from now on.
As promised, we will do a rule of the month from members queries.
This month members asked me to explain “how take drop":
- When taking relief, whether with or without penalty, you must drop a ball. The ball must be dropped straight down from knee height, must be dropped by you (or your partner). Must first strike the ground within your relief area or on the line when taking back-on-the-line of relief and must remain within the relief area.
- The relief area is always measured from a reference point. There are different reference points used for various types of relief. The reference point for taking lateral relief for an unplayable ball is simply the spot where the ball lies.
- For a ball in a penalty area, it is the spot where the ball crossed the edge of the penalty area.
- When taking back-on-the-line relief, the reference point is the spot on the line where the ball first touches the ground when dropped.
- When taking relief from things like temporary water, ground under repair, cart paths, and sprinkler heads (abnormal course conditions), the reference point is the nearest point of complete relief. This is the spot on the course nearest to where your ball lies, but not nearer the hole, where you could play your next stroke with no interference from the condition you’re taking relief from.
- The size of the relief area is measured from the reference point and is determined by the type of relief you are taking (one club-length for things like cart paths and ground under repair, or two club-lengths for lateral relief for an unplayable ball or a ball in a red penalty area). If the ball does not stay in the relief area after dropping it, simply drop it again. If it again does not stay in the relief area, place a ball on the spot where it struck the ground on the second drop.
- When taking relief, a club-length is always the length of the longest club in your bag (excluding your putter). For most players, this will be their driver. You may leave the headcover on when measuring, but the extra length does not count – the club-length is still simply the length of the club.
I hope that cleared that up??? I have also included a video from Golf Australia explaining the procedure below. It is a lot simpler
If you think of any rule you would like to see highlighted, please let me know via my email, comment below or in the Suggestion Box at the club, addressed; the Match committee.
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