“FREE THURSDAY” AT THE RIDGE
During the last Thursday of each month, we have an “open” schedule. DANNY, a marshall at NorthView, managed to get us our tee times on that busy day. Aside from two foursomes ahead of us, we were the only golfers at the Ridge that day due to a very large tournament by Vancouver Firemen scheduled at 1:00 pm.
BAMBOOZLED by 1st time participants
SCOTT, MELVIN (MARIO’s son) and JASON joined the Birdiehunters at the ridge. The trio are regular members of VAN CITY GOLF (with established RCGA/CPGA handicap indices). (If you recall, I was named “Honorary Team Captain” of the club at the last PAL INTERCLUB TOURNAMENT, and along with CHANG HJ, represented the team.)
SCOTT has a terrific game. When I played with him at Redwoods, I remember him putting for birdies on many holes. I wasn’t a bit surprised when someone reported that he played a 5 wood to 10 feet of the pin on the signature par 4 8th hole of the Ridge. His 74 was the lowest gross of the day.
There is no truth to the rumour that as a course marshall. DANNY had a lot to do with the pin placement at the Ridge. He did arrange, however, for all the KP markers for our club. With his updated handicap index and a sizzling 79, he grabbed the top prize of the day from SCOTT.
First time lucky? It would seem that way. JASON took 3rd place at the Ridge.
Revisiting our rule concerning “new” participants to our tournaments is necessary to avoid questions.
When “prospective” new members are invited or accepted to join us, we exercise two options:
1) Allow them to play but not participate in the tournament until they have recorded 5 games, OR
2) Allow them to participate in the tournament, PROVIDED they have a verifiable, certified valid RCGA/CPGA/PGA handicap indices.
There is a stipulated qualification however. During the 1st 5 games, their applicable handicap index shall be THE LOWER of their index and that recorded on our system. For example, in the case of DAVID and DANNY, we accepted their declared index and applied this rule to their subsequent 5 games.
CLARIFICATION OF RULES
At the US OPEN last week, here is what was reported on the Live Update for the LPGA:
“05:04 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie takes advantage of the relief she took from the sprinkler head being in her line of play on the 14th hole and hits a nice chip to two feet. She taps in for par. Three-stroke lead, four holes to play, and her closest pursuer, Stacy Lewis, has run out of holes.”
Actually, she did not chip the ball; she putted from off the green.
She took the relief from Rule 24-2 Immoveable Obstruction, local rule. Actually, contentious issues also involve Rule 25-1 – Abnormal Ground Condition. You can google these rules for further clarification. Under Rule 24-2, if a player stance may be impeded by a sprinkler, or an immoveable obstruction; or if the ball lies within the obstruction, he may drop the ball away from the obstruction without penalty. If the obstruction (sprinkler head) is “in the line” of his target, Rule 24-2 does not permit a “free drop” UNLESS a “local rule” opts to allow the relief.
If Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina (site of the PGA and LPGA US Open) adopts the option under Rule 24-2, The BirdieHunters of BC, as a club follows suit.
Thus, under Summer Rules, if any immoveable obstruction impedes your stance, your swing, or the lie of your ball, you may seek relief under option (D) of Rule 24-2!
In case you wish to be technical, be guided by these definitions:
“An immovable obstruction is an artificial object on the course that cannot be moved (e.g. a building) or cannot readily be moved (e.g. a firmly embedded direction post). Objects defining out of bounds are not treated as obstructions.
An abnormal ground condition is casual water, ground under repair or a hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird.”
A hole in the ground that was left by greenskeepers or workers (in particular around the green) is also considered as “an abnormal ground condition” whether marked as GUI or not! Free relief is available under Rule 24-2 and 25-1!