We are most of the way through this season, but have some terrific events to go. The Georgia Senior Championship is being contested at Reynolds Plantation – Great Waters, which is one of our best facilities in the state. I have not run a Championship there since 1999, when Rick Cloninger won the Championship over Carter Mize.
This year seems to be a fairly moderate year as far as rules situations go. I believe that players are becoming more knowledgeable with the rules, and therefore, fewer issues arise.
I did have an interesting issue at Ansley Golf Club – Settindown Creek during the Georgia Amateur Championship. This was good old Rule 18-2b, Ball Moving After Address. This concerned the change where the exception was added that says, “If it is known or virtually certain that the player did not cause his ball to move, Rule 18-2b does not apply.” This change does not mean that after the player has addressed the ball, he is not deemed to have moved it, unless it is known or virtually certain that something else caused the ball to move. In this case, the player thought that he had done nothing to cause his ball to move, however, nothing else caused it to move either, therefore his act of addressing the ball is all we had.
The penalty had to be applied.
The question that I am being asked the most this year is what is going to happen with the long/anchored putter. I don’t know if anybody knows right now. I have no problem with the maximum length of a golf club. I personally do not like the “anchoring” because I don’t think that is a stroke. You may think differently, and that is fine. We will leave this decision up to the powers at be, and will rule on their decision.
I would like to congratulate senior player Doug Hanzel from The Landings in Savannah. Not only did he make the cut and finish low amateur in the US Senior Open, he qualified for match play, and won his first match at the US Amateur at Cherry Hills in Denver. He lost his second match to Steven Fox, the eventual champion, on the 18th hole. I was fortunate to be at Cherry Hills and Doug was the “talk of the town.” Great going!
Last thought for Rules – Stroke play, two strokes; match play, loss of hole.
Senior Director, Rules & Competitions