When your ball is in motion, a loose impediment that might influence the movement of the ball may not be removed.
Schedule and Information
February 22-24 Friday and Saturday Class Test on Sunday Morning Fort Washington GCC 10272 North Millbrook Ave. Fresno, CA 93730
SAN FRANCISCO March 3-5
Championship, Carl Pet- tersson caused a small leaf to move during his back- swing while playing his ball from a lateral water hazard. Carl incurred a two-stroke penalty for his breach of Rule 13-4. When your ball lies on the putting green you may move loose impediments without restriction and if your ball or ball marker moves, there is no penalty. The ball or ball marker must be replaced. Sand and loose soil may be removed on the putting green by any means necessary. When a ball is in mo-
tion, a loose impediment that might influence the movement of the ball may not be removed.
If your ball moves while removing a loose
impediment on the teeing ground, there is no penalty because your ball is not yet in play.
Sunday and Monday Class Test on Tuesday Morning Lake Merced GC 2300 Junipero Serra Blvd. Daly City, CA 94015
ALAMO March 17-19
Sunday and Monday Class Test on Tuesday Morning Round Hill CC
3169 Round Hill Road Alamo, CA 94507
SACRAMENTO March 24-26
Sunday and Monday Class Test on Tuesday Morning Granite Bay GC 9600 Golf Club Dr. Granite Bay, CA 95746
You are not permitted to remove grass that is adhering to the ball.
ANCHORING BANNED The USGA and R&A have proposed a change to rule 14-1 that would prohibit the anchoring of any stroke against a player’s body, either directly, or with a forearm held against the body to establish an anchor point. There is no ban on the length of the putter, as long as it’s not anchored to the player’s body. “One of the most fundamental things about the game of golf is we believe the player should hold the club away from his body and swing it freely,” said Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA. “We think this is integral to the traditions of the game. Golf is a game of skill and challenge, and we think that is an important part of it.” Three of the last five major winners used a belly
putter, and the USGA cited a tremendous uptick in usage of anchoring techniques at the junior golf level. Guan Tianlang, 14, earned his way into the Masters in November while using a belly putter. The proposed rule change would come into effect Jan. 1, 2016, which is the next rule-change cycle.