New USGA Rules for 2019

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LANCASTER SENIOR MEN GOLF ASSOCIATION (LSMGA)

2019 LOCAL RULES OF PLAY

 RULES CHAIRMAN

 Local rules of play shall be administrated and governed by the Rules Chairman supported by the Rules Committee.

 RULES COMMITTEE

             Joe McDonough, Ron Drotos, Terry Groft, Carson Frost, Craig Hall

 USGA “Maximum Score Form of Stroke Play” and the “Local Rules” listed below will be used to govern play.

  1. Players will be allowed to lift, clean and place their golf ball laying in the fairway of the hole they are supposed to be playing. This can be achieved by marking, lifting and placing the ball or rolling it with the club but in either case it cannot be moved more than 1 grip length in distance no closer to the hole.
  2. Local Rule on Hole #9:  If a player drives his ball into either pond, or the ditch, from the tee box he shall proceed to the designated drop area which will be located beyond the ponds and to the left of the cart path.  A 1 stroke penalty shall be assessed.  The ball must be dropped,in the drop area, therefore he will be playing his 3rd shot to the green.
  3. Local Rule on Hole #17: This area has been modified this year to “GUR” Ground Under Repair.  This pertains to the ditch, between the two bridges. Balls ending in or within one club length of the ditch on any shot will be allowed to be dropped without penalty.  Determine the point where your ball last crossed the margin of the GUR then choose one of the two options  below:
    1. Determine nearest point of complete relief outside the GUR and drop a ball within one (1) club length of that point  no nearer the hole.
    2. Back -On-The-Line-Relief.  From the point of entry of the GUR visualize a straight line between the flagstick and that point.  Go back as far as you choose on that line and drop the ball within one (1) club length.
  4. Environmental Areas:  New for 2019.  Four seasons added the field located left of and running parallel to #14 fairway  as an Environmental Sensitive Area. If your ball comes to rest inside one of these areas you will be allowed a FREE DROP.  Remember you are not allowed to enter these areas.
  5. Balls in the rough: All balls in the rough shall be played as they lie. However course conditions from time to time may affect this rule. If/when necessary the Rules Chairman shall announce any changes to this rule prior to play that day.
  6. Self policing Association: Rules are used to keep competition fair for everyone. If a member observes someone breaking a rule, correct them with a friendly reminder. If a member feels a player has entered wrong (lower) strokes, scores or points for personal gain it is the members responsibility to call them on it. All members are reminded to talk to the player who’s conduct is in question in hopes any concerns can be resolved before bringing any rules infractions to the attention of the Rules Chairman.

2019 Single Player Points System

A player who has no opponent for the day’s match, will earn points in this manner.  The Player’s net score will be applied to the chart below for the awarding of points.

Net score            Points

68 and under       22
69                             21
70                             20
71                               19
72                              18
73                              17
74                              16
75                              15
76                              14
77                              13
78                              12
79                              11
80 and higher      10

Rain Delays and league Cancellations

League Officers are authorized to cancel league play at any time up to one hour after league play is scheduled to tee off.  Due to weather conditions, if enough members cancel making it impractical to conduct the match play format, the officers may consider authorizing a stroke-play-only event.  Concurrence of a majority of the officers is required for the decision.

LSMGA Videos

In order to better understand the rules of golf as well as  local rules specific to the LSMGA league that apply we have created these short entertaining videos and content herein.