A large majority of Members have a better than average knowledge of the Rules of Golf, so I am confident that many of you will relate to this situation;

As I am getting more proficient in the rules, I try to point out a number of Rules matters during play and obviously after the round when situations are described by participants. Take as examples: a ball stuck in a tree, or a ball covered by leaves in a bunker moved during the search etc… Now a minority of fellow club members are less enthusiastic when they are playing in my fourball and here is their argument:

“Although we accept your Rules clarifications how many people on the course do you think would be aware that this is how the rules expect us to behave? So we’re getting assigned some penalties (or consequences) that no other player will inflict in their game; therefore, when playing with you, we are getting an unfair disadvantage towards the rest of the field”.

Quite original no? Obviously I take it in good spirit and in a sporty manner, however if you could suggest some great response (other than “the Rules are the Rules”) that would be highly welcome!

Obviously, this is a situation that I and more knowledgeable golfers are regularly faced with. In fact, I often excuse my high handicap by saying (jokingly) that it is because I know the Rules so well and constantly have to penalise myself. I had no totally satisfactory response to offer the above argument. A similar argument is advanced by those who believe that tournament officials should pay no heed to the ‘TV armchair officials’, who phone in when they observe a breach of Rule by a player; because that means that the top players, who naturally are featured more on television than their ‘journeymen’ counterparts, are therefore disadvantaged. My response to this argument is that if they consider it carefully most players would prefer to be properly penalised for an observed breach than to bear the stigma of repeatedly seeing it highlighted on social media if they ‘got away with it’, especially if they subsequently featured in the prize money. The English, European Tour Pro, Matthew Southgate, endorsed this point of view recently, after being hit with a penalty of four strokes, following a Rules incident where a leaf blown across the putting green diverted his ball in motion away from the hole and he did not take the putt again, as is required by Rule 19-1b;

“If I’d known the ruling, I’d have been the talk of the town for the right reason. I’d have replaced it, hit it in for a four and everybody would have said, ‘what a great Pro, what great knowledge of the Rules’. I would have had credit, instead of sympathy. And people also say I was unlucky because I had the cameras on me at the time. But if they weren’t, I’d have a PGA Tour card and I would have it by breaking the Rules. And imagine 10 years down the line when a leaf hits someone else’s ball and I’d see it and think, ‘that’s what happened to me and I shouldn’t be here’. How bad would that feel?”

So, returning to Club and Society competitions, it is my experience that most serious golfers, no matter what their handicap, prefer to constantly improve their understanding of the Rules, anticipating that this will also help them to reduce their handicap. There is no doubt that one of the easiest ways to remember a ruling is to have incurred a penalty for breaching it; another is when a fellow competitor interrupts you to prevent you from breaching a Rule, which is permitted, as information on the Rules of Golf is not advice.

This is my thoughts on how the game should be played;

“…. I want every breach of the Rules to be fairly penalised, either by the player calling it upon themselves, which I am pleased to say regularly happens, or by a fellow competitor or observer bringing it to the player/officials attention. Put it this way, I have never got close to winning the Club Championship, but if by some miracle I was to come second and then find out that the winner had breached a Rule and had not been penalised, I would probably be apoplectic. Now this may seem an extreme example, but in my mind, exactly the same principle applies whether the avoidance of a penalty incurred affects the winning of the PGA Championship, as it might have done with Dustin Johnson [at Whistling Straits in 2010], or as the result of a 2€ dollar wager between two hackers. The only way to fairly compete in any sport or game is for the players to be playing to the same Rules. There has to be a level playing field.”


1 Carol Newland 0
2 John Brodie 9
3 Ivor Newland 43
4 Michael Abbott 46
5 Bob Hart 55
6 George Chadwick 118
7 David Bull 133
8 Lorraine Bull 135
9 Marian Trott 156
10 Phil Russell 160
11 Peter Fisher 169
12 Stephen Parkin 172
13 Gillian Andrew 173
14 Bob Woodworth 182
15 Andy Stephenson 192
16 Giles Fox 193
17 Gloria Pooley 210
18 Francesco Borges 210
19 Allan Pooley 220
20 Mike Evans 222


Player Accidentally Moves Their Ball


Most golfers know that causing their ball to move incurs a penalty of one stroke, under Rule 18-2, and that the ball must then be replaced. However, there are some circumstances where a player does not incur a penalty for accidentally moving their ball, which I am listing here.

• A ball that that has been placed in the teeing ground at the start of a hole is not in play until a stroke has been made at it, so no penalty is incurred if it is accidentally moved before any stroke is made, Rule 11-3.
• From 1st January 2017 USGA and R&A have recommended that Committees introduce a Local Rule to the effect that 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, their partner, their opponent or any of their caddies, or their equipment.
• There is no penalty if a player causes their ball to move while moving a movable obstruction (i.e. anything artificial), providing the movement of the ball is directly attributable to the removal of the obstruction, Rule 24-1.
• A penalty is usually incurred if a ball is accidentally moved while searching for it under Rule 18-2, but there are three exceptions, which are detailed in Rule 12-1. Briefly they are; a) searching for or identifying ball covered by sand, c) searching for ball in water in water hazard, and d) searching for ball within obstruction or abnormal ground condition. [Note: b) was removed on 8th November 2018, as a player does incur a penalty while searching for a ball in loose impediments in a hazard, but not if they cause their ball to move when replacing those loose impediments].
• If a player accidentally touches their ball with their club causing it to rock off its spot, but it returns to its original position, it has not moved according to the Definition of Moved and no penalty is incurred, Decision 18/2.
• There is no penalty if a player accidentally moves their ball while measuring, e.g. to determine whether a dropped ball has rolled outside the permitted area, Rule 18-2.
• If a player accidentally moves their ball in the directly attributable act of its lifting, marking, placing or replacing under a Rule, there is no penalty and the ball must be replaced, Rules 20-1 and 20-3.

Regarding searching for a ball, it is worth noting that if a player who is searching for their ball, say on the bank of a water hazard or in a bush, and they cause it to move, they incur the penalty of one stroke immediately and cannot avoid it by then choosing to take relief under penalty from the hazard or deeming it unplayable in the bush.






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1 John Brodie 0
2 Carol Newland 12
3 Ivor Newland 41
4 Bob Hart 49
5 Michael Abbott 57
6 George Chadwick 99
7 Marian Trott 127
8 Phil Russell 131
9 David Bull 132
10 Lorraine Bull 134
11 Peter Fisher 140
12 Gillian Andrew 156
13 Stephen Parkin 161
14 Bob Woodworth 163
15 Andy Stephenson 181
16 Giles Fox 190
17 Sylvia Holcroft 201
18 Brian Newsham 201
19 Gloria Pooley 208
20 Mike Evans 211


Slow play on the golf course is usually a habit that a golfer acquires over time, as he or she acquires bad habits. Or it’s the result of the golfer never having been taught proper golf etiquette. This means a slow golfer can usually be “cured” of his malady. Of course, that golfer has to be aware that they are slow, and that’s where buddies come into play.
But as we often take a look at other golfers on the course and notice the things they do to slow down play, so should we take a look at ourselves.


When we do take an honest look at ourselves, we often discover we’re doing some of the same things to slow down play that we’re complaining about others doing.
Before we run down a list of suggestions for speeding up play, it’s important to note that many of these tips have nothing to do with rushing your play, but rather with simply being ready to play, and with using common sense and good etiquette on the course.
The bottom line is, as soon as it’s your turn to play, you should be ready to step right up and make the stroke.
Here are some tips for speeding up slow play on the golf course:
• Choose the correct set of tees from which to play. If you’re a 20-handicapper, you have no business playing the championship tees. Doing so only adds strokes, which add time.
• Members of a group should not travel as a pack, with all members walking together to the first ball, then the second, and so on.

Each member of the group should walk directly to his own ball.
• When two players are riding in a cart, drive the cart to the first ball and drop off the first player with his choice of clubs. The second player should proceed in the cart to his ball. After the first player hits his stroke, he should begin walking toward the cart as the second golfer is playing.

• Use the time you spend getting to your ball to think about the next shot – the yardage, the club selection. When you reach your ball you’ll need less time to figure out the shot.
• If you are unsure whether your ball has come to rest out of bounds, or may be lost, immediately hit a provisional ball so that you won’t have to return to the spot to replay the shot. If you are playing a recreational match with, shall we say, a “loose interpretation” of the rules, then simply drop a new ball somewhere around the area where your ball was lost and keep playing (taking a penalty, of course).
• If you’re following the rules, you won’t be using mulligans. But if are using mulligans, limit them to no more than one mulligan per nine (you should never hit a mulligan if players behind you are waiting – or if you want to later claim that you played by the rules).
• Begin reading the green and lining up putts as soon as you reach the green. Don’t wait until it’s your turn to putt to start the process of reading the green. Do it as soon as you reach the green so that when it’s your turn you can step right up and putt.
• Never delay making a stroke because you’re having a conversation with a playing partner.
Put the conversation on hold, make your stroke, then pick up the conversation again.
• If using a cart on a cart-path-only day, take more than one club with you when you walk from the cart to your ball. Getting to the ball only to find out you don’t have the right club is a huge time-waster on the golf course.
• After putting out, don’t stand around the green chatting or take any practice putting strokes. Leave the green quickly so the group behind can play. If there is no group behind, then a few practice putts are fine.
• When leaving the green and returning to your golf cart, don’t stand there fussing with your putter or other clubs. Get in the cart, drive to the next tee, and then put away your putter.
• Likewise, mark your scorecard after reaching the next tee, not while lingering on or near the just-completed green.
• When using a cart, never park the cart in front of the green. Park it only to the side or behind the green. And don’t mark your scorecard while sitting in the cart next to the green (do it at the next tee). These practices open up the green for the group behind.
• If you’re the type who likes to offer tips to playing partners, save it for the driving range – or only do so on the course when you’re sure that you’re not slowing down play (and sure that you’re not annoying your partners!).
• If you are searching for a lost ball and are willing to spend a few minutes looking for it, allow the group behind to play through. If you are playing a friendly game where rules aren’t followed closely, just forget the lost ball and drop a new one (with penalty). If you’re not playing by the rules, you should never spend more than a minute looking for a lost ball.
• Don’t ask your playing partners to help you search for a lost ball – unless you are absolutely certain there is time for them to do so (e.g., there is no group behind waiting). If the course is crowded, your partners should continue moving forward, not slow things down further by stopping to help your search.
• On the tee, pay attention to your partners’ drives. If they lose sight of their ball, you can help direct them to it and avoid any searching.
• When waiting on the tee for the group in front to clear the fairway, don’t be so strict about order of play. Let the short hitter – who can’t reach the group ahead anyway – go ahead and hit.
• Work on building a concise pre-shot routine. If your pre-shot routine is a lengthy one, it’s probably in your best interests to shorten it anyway. Limit practice strokes to one or two at the most.
• Don’t bother marking lag putts – go ahead and putt out if it’s short enough and you won’t be trampling on another player’s line.
• Leave your mobile phone in the car.
• Walk at a good pace between shots. No, you don’t have to look like a race-walker. But if your between-shot gait can be described as a “shuffle” or an “amble,” you’re probably going too slow. Speeding up your gait a little is good for your health, but also might help your game by keeping you loose.
• Carry extra tees, ball markers and an extra golf ball in your pockets so you never have to return to your golf bag to find one when needed.
• When chipping around the green, carry both the club you’ll be chipping with plus your putter so you don’t have to return to the bag.
• Try playing ready golf, where order of play is based on who’s ready, not on who’s away.


There are four main situations that apply when a Rule of Golf is breached in a stroke play competition;

1. A player breaches a Rule and includes the appropriate penalty on the score card that they sign and return.
2. A player unknowingly breaches a Rule and signs and returns their score card. The breach is brought to the Committee’s attention before the competition has closed.
3. As in 2, but the breach is brought to the Committee’s attention after the competition has closed.
4. A player knowingly breaches a Rule, but does not include the penalty incurred on their score card

So what are the considerations in each of these four scenarios?
1. This does not require any further explanation. It is what should happen every time a Rule is breached.
2. If the breach is brought to the attention of the Committee before the competition has closed, the player incurs the penalty prescribed by the applicable Rule and an additional penalty of two strokes, Exception to Rule 6-6d.
3. If the breach is brought to the attention of the Committee after the competition has closed, a penalty must not be imposed by them unless the breach warranted disqualification under one of these four exceptions that are outlined in Rule 34-1b;
Exceptions: A penalty of disqualification must be imposed after the competition has closed if a competitor:
(i) was in breach of Rule 1-3 (Agreement to Waive Rules); or
(ii) returned a score card on which he had recorded a handicap that, before the competition closed, he knew was higher than that to which he was entitled, and this affected the number of strokes received (Rule 6-2b); or
(iii) returned a score for any hole lower than actually taken (Rule 6-6d) for any reason other than failure to include one or more penalty strokes that, before the competition closed, he did not know he had incurred; or
(iv) knew, before the competition closed, that he had been in breach of any other Rule for which the penalty is disqualification.
4. Call it what you like, but this is cheating. The player must be disqualified and the Committee should consider sanctioning them, e.g. by suspending them from all competitions for a period of time.

Of course, there are sometimes on-course situations where a player may be unsure as to how to proceed without breaching a Rule unnecessarily, e.g. whether they may take relief from equipment damage to the course, or when a fellow competitor tells them that they should be taking relief from a different place from where they think they are permitted to drop a ball. When a competitor is doubtful of their rights or the correct procedure during the play of a hole, they may, without penalty, complete the hole with two balls. If the player chooses to do so they must strictly follow the procedure set out in Rule 3-3;

The competitor should announce to his marker or a fellow-competitor:
• that he intends to play two balls; and
• which ball he wishes to count if the Rules permit the procedure used for that ball.
Before returning his score card, the competitor must report the facts of the situation to the Committee. If he fails to do so, he is disqualified.

If the competitor has taken further action before deciding to play two balls, he has not proceeded under Rule 3-3 and the score with the original ball counts. The competitor incurs no penalty for playing the second ball.


1 John Brodie 0
2 Carol Newland 35
3 Ivor Newland 64
4 Bob Hart 73
5 George Chadwick 88
6 Michael Abbott 88
7 Peter Fisher 129
8 Marian Trott 139
9 Phil Russell 143
10 Bob Woodworth 163
11 Stephen Parkin 177
12 Gillian Andrew 181
13 Andy Stephenson 194
14 Giles Fox 194
15 David Bull 197
16 Lorraine Bull 198
17 Mike Evans 210
18 Kevin Bryan 210
19 Francesco Borges 217
20 Brian Newsham 220


No 2017-04 HELD ON 1st September 2017

Mike Abbott– Captain
Frank Finan – Vice Captain
Dave Haddon – Treasurer
Giles Fox – Secretary
Linda Anthony

1. Company Matters
1.1. The condition of the course is very good and various tees have been or are being refurbished, the ladies tee on the 2nd is to be added to the list.
1.2. The Pepe Gancedo Trophy was a very successful day and will become an annual event.
2. Apologies
2.1. Geoffrey Harnett, Ralph Griffin, Rod Smith.
3. Approval of Minutes
3.1. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved and signed by the Captain.
4. Matters Arising
4.1. The Captain v Vice Captain match will be held on the 14th October.
4.2. Frank Finan was pleased to announce that his Vice Captain would be Pete McDonagh (Macca). The committee was pleased to endorse his choice.
5. Treasurers Report
5.1. Cash position, consolidated as per accounts 31st August 2017:
33,391.83 euros
Less accruals: 11,202.04 euros
Net cash available: 22,189.79 euros.
5.2 David Haddon asked that members be reminded that vouchers are only valid for one year from the date of issue as a lot have not been redeemed. A note to this effect will be put on the website.
ACTION Giles Fox
5.3 David Haddon also noted that the increase in membership has greatly helped the Club’s financial position.
6. Handicaps
6.1. All handicaps are up to date.
7. Website
7.1. Giles Fox reported that the website is up to date and that a new photo has been installed and a rule of golf is being featured each month.
8. Events Update
8.1. The Captain”s Away trip is organised and those going will shortly be invoiced by the hotel.
8.2. Captain’s Day is fully subscribed and all arrangements are in hand.
8.3. Christmas Carols will be arranged for the 20th December after the AmAm competition.
ACTION David Haddon, Linda Anthony
9. A.O.B
9.1. CNIG cards are an annual subscription.
9.2. The internet connection in the hut is very patchy and this needs attention. Mike Abbott will contact MEO about this.
ACTION Mike Abbott

Next meeting Friday 1st December 2017 at 09.30.

Meeting closed at 11.05
Distribution: Geoff Harnett, Rod Smith, Mike Abbott, Dave Haddon, Ralph Griffin,
Giles Fox, Linda Anthony, Frank Finan.


1 John Brodie 0
2 Carol Newland 55
3 Bob Hart 79
4 Ivor Newland 94
5 Michael Abbott 106
6 George Chadwick 116
7 Peter Fisher 135
8 Phil Russell 163
9 Marian Trott 167
10 Bob Woodworth 169
11 Stephen Parkin 193
12 Andy Stephenson 200
13 Giles Fox 200
14 Gillian Andrew 201
15 Kevin Bryan 217
16 David Bull 218
17 Lorraine Bull 219
18 Francesco Borges 219
19 Ann De Jongh 227
20 Gloria Pooley 232