May 29, 2019

Congratulations to Head Golf Professional Dean Manz and Carter Graf on their second place finish in the PGA of Alberta Tournament of Champions.  Dean and Carter shot a 5 under 67 and missed a playoff by one shot.  44 provincial clubs were represented, and we had lots of compliments on their experience at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club.

At our Board meeting Monday evening it was passed that we adopt a local rule recommended by the R & A regarding relief procedures and an alternative to stroke and distance for lost ball and out of bounds.  The rule will be in effect for day to day play but not in Club tournaments and competitions.  The rule reads “When a player’s ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.  For two penalty strokes the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in the relief area.

Two Estimated Reference Points

a) Ball Reference Point – the point where the original ball is estimated to be or to have crossed the boundary.

and

b) Fairway Reference Point – the point of the fairway of the hole being played that is nearest the ball reference point…but no closer the hole.

In simple terms if you hit a ball in the rough or potentially out of bounds, and neglected to play a provisional you can drop a ball at a point your group agrees is a fair assessment of where it would have been and proceed from there with a 2 stroke penalty.  In that situation it saves the player from having to walk back to the point the original ball was played from, and will result in a better pace of play.

Thanks to all Red Deer Golf and Country Club members for repairing ball marks on greens and remembering to take sand and seed with them when they leave tee #1.  A healthy well-conditioned golf course requires everyone’s participation.  Be proud!

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