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Rules Quiz


1 putting


A player marks his ball on the putting green using a tee. His fellow- competitor makes a stroke from the putting green and the ball rolls toward the tee. Seeing this, the player then picks up the tee just before the ball rolls right past the spot. What is the ruling?


a. The player incurs a one-stroke penalty. b. The player incurs a two-stroke penalty. c. The player incurs three total penalty strokes. d. Both the player and his fellow-compet- itor incur a two-stroke penalty.


2 putting


In match play, a player asks his opponent’s caddie to attend a fl ag- stick for a long stroke from the put- ting green. Once the stroke is made, the caddie removes the fl agstick and lays it down to the side. While the caddie is walking back across the green, he does not notice the ball race past the hole and it strikes his foot. What is the ruling?


a. There is no penalty and the ball is played as it lies.


b. There is no penalty and the player may cancel and replay the stroke.


c. The opponent loses the hole. d. The player loses the hole.


By Ryan Farb, PGA Manager of Rules Education NCGA Rules and Competitions


3 4 substituted ball A player’s stroke from the teeing


ground lands in the back of a moving cart visible to the players from the tee. The player drops a ball correctly under 19-1a and plays to the fringe of the put- ting green. Upon arriving at the green he fi nds both the substituted ball and his original ball lying side by side, as his original ball had fallen out of the cart and rolled onto the fringe of the putting green. He lifts the substituted ball and plays the original into the hole with his next stroke. What is the ruling?


a. The player has proceeded correctly and has scored a 3 for the hole.


b. The player incurs a two-stroke penalty for playing a wrong ball in addition to a one-stroke penalty for lifting his ball in play and must correct the error by replacing the substituted ball and completing the hole with it, otherwise he will be disqualifi ed.


c. The player incurs a total of three penalty strokes, and has scored a 6 for the hole.


d. The player incurs a total of four penalty strokes, and has scored a 7 for the hole.


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We commence a new tradition with the publication of the 2015 winter edition of NCGA Golf—a rules quiz. Be forewarned, these questions are complex and diffi cult, requiring a nuanced command of the Rules of Golf. So grab your Decisions on the Rules of Golf book and have at it. The answers are given in a small box at the end of the quiz. But for a full explanation, visit NCGA.org. The format is stroke play, unless otherwise stated.


taking relief A player’s drive lies in a puddle of water on a bridge crossing a water hazard. He lifts the


ball, cleans it, and then determines his nearest point of relief from the puddle and drops the ball on the bridge, within one club-length of his nearest point of relief on the bridge, no nearer the hole. He plays his next stroke to the green, two putts and plays from the next tee. What is his score for the hole? a. 4 b. 6 c. 7 d. 8


teeing off All three players arrive at the tee


for their 7:40 a.m. starting time for U.S. Amateur qualifying 10 minutes in advance. The starter goes over some local Rules, and ends his spiel by specifi - cally asking the players not to tee off prior to being announced at 7:40 a.m. Player A was not paying much atten- tion to the starter and as he was to play fi rst, he teed up the ball and played once the fairway was clear at 7:36 a.m. The starter heard the sound and turned around seeing that the player had teed off early. What is the ruling?


a. There is no penalty, as he played in the correct order and the fairway was clear.


b. The player incurs a penalty of two strokes for starting early, but within fi ve minutes of the starting time.


c. The player incurs a two-stroke penalty for starting early, and must correct the mistake by teeing off at the correct starting time.


d. The player is disqualifi ed for a breach of Rule 6-3a.


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