No Show Penalty to be Reinstated
Effective March 1, the "No Show Penalty" which the Golf Committee suspended last fall will be reinstated. The Golf Committee felt compelled to reinstate the penalty when the number of "no shows" in recent weeks increased to nearly 25% of the golfers scheduled to play. A "no show" is a golfer who cancels after 6 p.m. on the Sunday preceeding a Tuesday round or who fails to appear for his scheduled tee time. "No shows" will be assessed a $10 penalty for each occurance. Until the penalty is paid, a golfer will not be scheduled for a Tuesday SIR 146 golf event. A "no show" due a family emergency will be waived if approved by the Golf Committee Chairman.
Schedule for Area and State Tournaments Announced
Jay Gordon, Area 16 Golf Chairman, has announced the dates and venues for this year's Area and State golf events. When information on sign-up procedures and cost is provide, it will made available on this site.
- April 20-21 - Springtime in Napa at Eagle Vines GC and Chardonnay GC
- May 16 - Area 16 Qualifier for State Team Championship, venue tbd
- June 22-26 - Reno Blow-out at Somerset GC, Red Hawk GC - Lake Course and Hills Course
- August 10 - State Team Championship at Rancho Solano GC
- August 19 - Qualifier for State Individual Championship at Manteca Park GC
- September 15-16 - Fall Classic at Blue Rock Springs GC
- October 12-13 - State Individual Championship at Hiddenbrooke CC
Posting Scores under the World Handicap System (Updated)
The World Handicap system limits a postable score, i.e. maximum score on a hole, to Net Double Bogey (Par + 2 Strokes + Handicap Strokes). To use Net Double Bogey, golfers will need to know on which holes they receive strokes. As an alternative to posting an adjusted score, both the NCGA and GHIN apps and the computer in the Pro Shop, support entering unadjusted hole-by-hole scores. The allowable score for each hole will be determine by the posting site.
Fifteen Rules Every Golfer Should Know
- If a ball moves accidently during a search, just replace it. There is no penalty.
- If a ball moves on the green after being marked, just replace it. There is no penalty.
- You can alway repair damage on the green.
- You can touch your line of play.
- You can leave the flagstick in.
- In a bunker, you can remove loose impediments, but if your ball moves, it must be replaced and there is a 1 stroke penalty.
- In a penalty area, you can ground your club, take a practice swing, touch water, and remove loose impediments or for a 1 stroke penalty you take relief outside the penalty area.
- When taking relief, drop from knee height in the relief area. The size of the relief area depends on the rule under which relief is being taken.
- When taking relief from a penalty area, there are 2 options for an area marked by a yellow line or stakes and 3 options for an area marked by a red line or stakes:
- Stroke and distance (yellow or red);
- Back on line (yellow or red);
- Lateral (red only).
- You can always change balls when taking relief.
- There is no penalty for accidental deflections including double hits and normally the ball is played as it lies. If the ball is intentionally deflected or stopped, the ball is normally placed where it would have likely come to rest. A penalty stroke may apply depending on the circumstances (see Rule 11).
- The search for a lost ball begins when a player reaches the area in which the ball is lost and the search time is limited to 3 minutes.
- A play may not use any device or person to help with alignment for making a stroke.
- A damaged club may not be replaced during a round, but a player can continue to use the damaged club or may repair and continue to use the club, if done without delay.
- A yardage book or similar electron device must comply with USGA the limits on scale.
Guidance for Scoring Holes not Played
The NCGA has provided guidance on posting for holes not played or not completed. If a golfer plays at least 7 holes, but less than 14 holes, the golfer should post a score for 9 holes. If the golfer plays 14 holes or more then the golfer should post a score for 18 holes. For a hole not played, the golfer should estimate his or her most likely score which is normally par plus any handicap strokes. For a hole a hole not completed, if the ball is on the green and within 5 feet of the cup, the golfer should add one stroke to the number of strokes already taken. If the ball is on the green and between 5 feet and 20 feet of the cup, the golfer should add 2 additional strokes to his or her score. If the ball is more than 20 feet from the cup, the golfer should add 3 or 4 strokes to his or her score depending on the golfer’s playing ability and the situation. (Note: SIR 146 Golf has adopted a maximum score local rule. In SIR 146 competitions, a golfer would record the maximum score for any hole not completed or not played.)
Pace of Play Recommendations
Pace of Play is problem at all levels of golf and slow play hampers our ability to recruit new members. Check out Rule 5.6 which covers the issues of unreasonable delay and prompt pace of play. Here are several things you can do to keep your round going smoothly:
- Manage your cart more efficiently.
- When sharing a cart, don't wait in the cart while your cartmate hits and then drive to your ball. Grab a few clubs and walk to your ball or drop off your cartmate and drive to your ball. After making your shot, return and pick up your cartmate.
- Park your cart where you'll exit the green, leave the area in front of the green clear for the following group to hit their approach shots.
- And finally, wait until you're at the next tee to record scores.
- Always play your shot before aiding in the search for a lost ball. Playing before searching can shave minutes off the time required to complete a hole.
- Stay in position. The correct position is immediately behind the group in front of you, not immediately in front of the group behind you.
- Know the Rules of Golf, particularly Rules 15 and 16 covering free relief and Rules 17, 18 and 19 covering penalty relief. Knowing your options will permit you to make quicker and better decisions.
The Committee is also doing its part to speed up the pace of play. The Committee has adopted a local rule which provides at alternative procedure for stroke and distance relief for a lost ball or a ball hit out of bounds. For a two stroke penalty, a golfer may drop a ball in a relief area which is defined, in part, by a point on nearest fairway plus two club lengths instead of returning to the spot where the previous stroke was made. The Committee has also adopted a local rule which sets the maximum score on any hole at 9 strokes. Once a golfer has made his 8th stroke, he should pick up his ball and record a score of 9. At its November meeting, the Committee considered what other changes it could make to improve Pace of Play. After discussion, the Committee decide not to make any changes to its existing Pace of Play Policy which encourages ready golf and a maximum allowable time of four and half hours. Golfers should play promptly when it is their turn to make a shot and keep up with the group ahead.