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NCGA Rules Quiz

Test Your Rules Knowledge


In stroke play, a player’s ball ricochets off the fl agstick into a water hazard. The player then drops a ball two yards behind where the last stroke was played from, keeping that point directly between the dropped ball and the fl agstick. He then plays the ball to the green. What is the ruling? A. The player proceeded correctly.

B. The player incurs three total penalty strokes and must continue play with the dropped ball.

C. The player incurs three penalty strokes and must correct the error prior to playing from the next teeing ground.

D. The player is disqualifi ed. 2

In stroke play, when taking relief from a water hazard (marked with yellow stakes and lines) under penalty of one-stroke, a player dropped a ball two club-lengths slightly left from where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard, and had not played it when his marker questioned the procedure. What is the ruling? A. He must continue play with the dropped ball with no additional penalty.

B. He must continue play with the dropped ball and add an additional two penalty strokes.

C. He must re-drop the ball without penalty in a place that satisfi es the requirements of Rule 26-1.

D. He must proceed under stroke-and-distance.

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In stroke play, a player whose ball is in-bounds, has interference from a fence defi ning out of bounds. He determines his nearest point of relief and drops the ball within one-club length of that point, no nearer the hole. He plays the ball to the green, holes out and tees off on the next hole. What is the ruling? A. The player incurs no penalty. B. The player incurs a one-stroke penalty.

C. The player incurs a two-stroke penalty.

D. The player is disqualifi ed.

Which of the following results in a penalty? A. A player moves the tee markers because he feels they are aimed in the wrong direction.

B. A player kicks and moves a tee marker after hitting a poor shot and replaces it.

C. A player picks up and replaces a tee marker prior to playing the hole because he thought it looked interesting.

D. A player trips over and moves a tee marker, but does not replace it.


With no Local Rules or Conditions in effect, which of the following is NOT permitted during a stroke-play round? A. Practice putting on the putting green of the hole last played.

B. Practice putting on any practice putting green.

C. Practice chipping near the teeing ground of the next hole to be played.

D. Practice chipping from a bunker near the putting green of the hole last played.

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So did you ace the quiz? Perhaps you’d like to do better? The NCGA’s education department offers two on-course rules seminars in October. The seminars take golfers out on the course for a half-day of situational-based rules education. The class teaches the rules through a variety of stations that translate directly into a better under- standing on the course. Water hazards, bunkers, obstructions, putting green, this interactive seminar moves beyond the classroom to the golf course, providing hands-on instruction.

The $40 price for NCGA members ($20 for NCGA volunteers, $50 for non-members) includes continental breakfast, lunch and a 2012-2013 Rules of Golf book. Appropriate golf attire is required.

SCHEDULE Monday, October 7 Granite Bay GC, Roseville 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 14 Almaden GCC, San Jose 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The fall seminars include Teeing Ground, Out of Bounds, Ball Unplayable and Scoring.

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ANSWERS: 1-B; 2-C; 3-C; 4-A; 5-D

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