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Local Rule

Postby jose luis » Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:43 am

Local Rule as per score card
"Golf carts entering within the 30 feet radius of the green will be penalized with 2 strokes
Only senior golfers with the identifying yellow flags on their golf carts may enter the hole 4 fairway; the rest shall be penalized with 2 strokes."

This is a team competition where seniors play along in the same teams with junior and regular players, 6 to play 4 to count (handicap, medal play).
Please your comments on the LR (disregard the grammar)
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Re: Local Rule

Postby Doug » Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:33 am

Welcome to the forum.

I suggest that this would not be an approved Local Rule.
Golfing penalties (ie strokes) cannot be applied for non-golfing offences.

This can only be dealt with by disciplinary action against the offenders.

If it is a members club, as examples, this could take the form of restricting playing rights for a time or prohibition of entry to other competitions.

If it is an open competition, the offenders could be required to leave the course or abandon the cart and walk.
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Re: Local Rule

Postby Johanna » Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:09 am

Jose Luis, welcome!

It IS an illegal Local Rule for nowhere in the Rules of Golf can you find such a Rule and the penalties associated with a breach. The Committee could have it in the Conditions of the Competition, and as Doug says disciplinary action may be taken against offenders.
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Re: Local Rule

Postby jose luis » Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:37 pm

Thank you for your welcome and thank you for your answers
I am having a hard time convincing the Committee to change the LR. I will show them your answers with your permission.
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Re: Local Rule

Postby Adrian Mackenzie » Fri May 01, 2015 1:23 am

In addition to what Doug and Johanna have stated it is worth reading D 6-6b/8 which is an example indicating that penalty strokes cannot be applied but gives the alternative. It is similar to what is often the case when players do not adhere to the club's dress code.

6-6b/8 Requirement That Score Be Entered into Computer
Q.May a Committee, as a condition of competition, provide that a competitor must enter his score into a computer?

A.No. Such a condition would modify Rule 6-6b.

However, while it is not permissible to penalize a player under the Rules of Golf for failing to enter his score into a computer, a Committee may, in order to assist in the administration of the competition, introduce a "club regulation" to this effect and provide disciplinary sanctions (e.g., ineligibility to play in the next club competition(s)) for failure to act in accordance with the regulation.
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Re: Local Rule

Postby Doug » Fri May 01, 2015 6:18 am

jose luis wrote: I will show them your answers with your permission.
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Please do. Anything posted here is in the public domain.
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