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• LETTER OF THE MONTH •
Congratulations to Rob, who wins six
dozen Callaway Chrome Soft White
golf balls, worth $359.94, courtesy of
Callaway Golf South Pacific.
THIS MONTH’S WINNER!
This issue’s caption
winner will receive
a year’s supply (six
dozen) of Callaway
Supersoft 17 golf
balls, worth $209.94,
courtesy of our
friends at Callaway
Golf South Pacific.
“See, Sergio? This is what it
feels like to get the monkey (of
winning a Major) off your back.”
Derek Tarry from
Spence, ACT, for
this funny take
on Rory McIlroy
golf balls are
on their way!
Rules revamp will benefit all concerned
THE “Breaking rules/hearts” commentary in the May edition of the
Australian Golf Digest identifies the point where existing rules and
guidelines no longer match the developing nuances of the game.
We are led to believe, that at its inception, golf was played by gentlemen
who valued integrity and honesty above all. This is the mantra that still
underpins today’s game along with the “play the ball where it lies” adage
and scoring left in the hands of the player.
Ever since this time, extra rules have been added to ensure safety, speed
up the game and provide guidance for every eventuality a golfer may
experience. These additions are like Band-Aids that, with aggregation, can
sometimes commence a process of diminishing the original intent of a
rule. Add to this, the transparency provided by today’s excellent television
coverage and there is the potential for the circumstances outlined in your
article to tarnish the “common sense” of the game.
One solution could lie in revising the entire rules package with the original
intent applied to today’s game. “ The Golf Life – Humour” article in the same
issue as your editorial is not far from the truth. A solution to the burdensome
nature of the current rules may rest with the players. It would be interesting
to see which rule changes your readers would like to see happen. If we are
to really modernise the game, maybe input from those currently playing
may be of more significance than the various rules committees setting the
parameters for our input into the rules they consider need changing.
I believe one change we could make that would simplify and speed up
the game could include the aggregation of all water hazards, out-of-bounds,
lost balls and unplayable lies (including those in bunkers) into one category
and standardise the notion of the associated penalties. If the ball enters
one of these unplayable scenarios, take a two-club relief, drop, add a stroke
and play on. No returning to the tee, etc. just get on with the game. I’m
sure many readers could provide suggestions to improve the current rules
governing our game. Let’s keep integrity and honesty but add simplicity,
particularly for the majority of us weekend golfers.
Similarly, the notion that you can be penalised twice as a consequence
of one incident needs to be revisited. In Lexi Thompson’s case , the “on
the green” penalty and the subsequent incorrect scorecard penalty were
significant. I wonder what the reaction would have been by all concerned
if this error was identified after the event had concluded and she had been
awarded the win. That would be a true test of integrity at all levels.
Personally, I believe tournament players should only have to sign for their
final score after four rounds rather than signing for a daily score. It is a four-
day tournament, so sign at the end, and then any concerns over on-course
incidents can be addressed without compounding penalties. Once the
event is over then no further scrutiny is required unless deliberate acts of
cheating, where a player is deemed to have gained an advantage over other
players, ca n be addressed. It is generally accepted by the sporting public
today that media replays are used to clarify on-course situations. Should
this scrutiny continue once a card is signed by a player at the end of the
round in question? If we aggregate the rounds we reduce the concept of the
delayed penalty and avert the compounding penalty.
I see tournament players take considerable responsibility requesting
advice from marshals and sometimes there is a reference to television
replays. This underpins the importance with which players treat the
integrity of the game. The identification of a breach during the round
and this being brought to the player’s attention is all a part of the modern
transparency associated with sport today.
Golf’s legislators are starting this process by revisiting the rules. Maybe
rewriting the rules may lead to a less complicated experience for all.
Rob Lee, Ipswich, QLD
How would you caption this photo of Rory
McIlroy showing his ambivalence towards a
bobblehead version of himself? E-mail your entry
to firstname.lastname@example.org along
with your full contact details, and we’ll publish
the best answer in our next issue. Get thinking!
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