Manning Valley Automotive Stableford

News and Views from Taree Golf Club    16 May 2018


Manning Valley Automotive Stableford

Strong wind was a feature of golf for the Manning Valley Automotive sponsored Stableford last Saturday.  The winds had a drying effect on the greens which were a tad faster than golfers had been used to and perhaps all this contributed to the generally low scoring.  The field was divided into two divisions and the top score in division 1 went to Jackson Witts with 39 Stableford points.  Graeme Styles (36) took second spot and John Hurrell (34) was third; Shane Jennings had the best scratch score of the day with his 31 points.  Ross Loy a visitor from Forster Tuncurry had the best score across the field for a win in division 2; Jim Tippett (34) was second as the leader on count back from a bunch of players on 34 points; Philip Biviano (34) was third on a count back.

Nearest to the pins were won by Ross Aley and Kodee Gardner at the 1st; Mal Brooks and Ross Loy at the 4th; Shane Jennings and Mark Ryan at the 12th; Michael Parker and John Broadbent at the 14th; Brad Allan and Trevor Cheers at the 16th.  The sharpshooters award for the day went to Michael Parker whose shot at the 14th was 198 cm from the hole, the only NTP winner inside 2 metres.

Saturday women’s stroke event was won by Shirley Maurer with a nett 74 followed by Quedesha Golledge and Kodee Gardner with net 75s.


Wednesday Golf

On Wednesday our women golfers vacated the course in favour of their annual trip away to South West Rocks.  The course was well occupied however with the second and final day of the NSW All Schools Stroke Championships.  Close on 100 young men and women played some sparkling golf in excellent golfing conditions.  Fletcher Murray from Camden Haven High School and Kew Country Club finished fourth overall with a score of 144 three shots off the pace while Pyper Hollis of St Clair’s High School in Taree and Kew Country Club finished 14th in the girls’ event; both picked up second placings in the various associated events.


Other Midweek

Last Monday our Taree veteran golfers played a Stableford over the full course with top honours going to Jim Blacker with a mere 36 points; Bruce Walker (34) was second on a countback and Brian Haynes (34) was third.  On Tuesday our medley Stableford was won by Roy Scheepers with 39 points and in second place with 37 and a count back was a visitor from Forster Tuncurry Ed Cardis with 37 points.  Mal Moore had a good win in Thursday’s medley Stableford with 41 points; he also combined with Steve Parish for a win in the four-ball with a combined 49 points.   In second place in the individual event was Reid Brown (39) and Kevin Neal (37) was third.


Coming Up! 

Next Saturday is the men’s foursomes championships over 21 holes and the following week there is a Men’s & Mixed Four Ball sponsored by the Golf Committee.


Rules Quiz

Q1: A “rub of the green” occurs when a ball in motion is deflected by you or your equipment. True or false?  The correct answer is false: A rub of the green occurs when a ball in motion is deflected or stopped by an outside agency (Definition of Rub of the Green).

Q2: For you to be entitled to embedded ball relief, your ball must be in its own pitch-mark with all of the ball below the level of the ground.  True or false?  The correct answer is false: A ball is embedded when it is in its own pitch-mark and part of the ball is below the level of the ground.

Q3: Your ball lies in a water hazard. In applying Rule 26-1b, you drop a ball in a bunker and subsequently play a stroke. What is the ruling (a) You incur a two-stroke penalty for incorrectly dropping your ball; (b) There is no penalty; or (c) You incur a one stroke penalty?  The correct answer is C: You are allowed to drop your ball in the bunker, however, when dropping the ball under the water hazard Rule (Rule 26-1b) you automatically incur a one stroke penalty (Decision 26-1/2).

Q4: Your ball is unplayable behind a tree and so you drop the ball, under penalty of one stroke, within two club-lengths of where it lay not nearer the hole. The ball rolls back into the same unplayable lie as where it originally lay. What is the ruling (a) You may re-drop the ball without penalty; (b) You must play the ball as it lies; or (c) You may play the ball as it lies or take another penalty drop for an unplayable ball?  The correct answer is C: The ball was in play when it was dropped Rule 20-4. Thus, if the ball came to rest in the original position, you must again invoke the unplayable ball Rule, incurring an additional penalty stroke, unless you decide to play the ball as it lies. The same applies if the ball came to rest in another position at which it was unplayable, assuming that the ball did not roll into a position covered by Rule 20-2c, in which case re-dropping without penalty would be required (Decision 28/3).


Major 2019 Rules Changes

This is the sixth in a series on the major changes in the Rules of Golf to take effect from 1 January 2019: There are number of significant changes in relation to taking relief.  Last week we dealt with dropping procedure and the spot where a ball must be dropped.  This week we mention the new dropping: The new Rule requires that your ball must be dropped straight down from knee height, the height of your knee when in a standing position.  This replaces the current need to stand erect, hold the ball at shoulder height and arm’s length.


Quiz on the 2019 Rules

The “No Play Zone” is (a) A part of the course where the committee has prohibited play; (b) The entire area that is beyond the boundary of the course; or (c) The practice putting green?  The correct answer is A: The Committee may use no play zones for any reason, such as: protecting wildlife, animal habitats, and environmentally sensitive areas, preventing damage to young trees, flower beds, turf nurseries, re-turfed areas or other planted areas, protecting players from danger, and preserving sites of historical or cultural interest.  A No Play Zone must be defined as part of either an Abnormal Course Condition or a penalty area.


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