Rules of the Week

The Mississippi Golf Association sends an email on the Monday of every week with a Rules question. On the following Monday the answer to the past week is given and a new question is asked. In case you would like to review past questions, questions and answers for the year will be posted here on the website. Hopefully this will help you prepare for your upcoming tournament season! Best of luck!

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April 16, 2018

Which is TRUE regarding casual water?

A. Dew is casual water.

B. Manufactured ice is casual water.

C. Casual water is any accumulation of water on the course that is visible before or after the stance is taken and is not in a hazard.

April 9, 2018

TRUE or FALSE: Stakes used to define the margin of a lateral water hazard are obstructions.

Answer: TRUE (See Definiton of Water Hazard)

March 20, 2018

TRUE or FALSE: Information on matters such as the position of a hazard in play is advice.

March 12, 2018

A players ball comes to rest in a tree where the ball is visible but cannot be recovered or played.  What is the ruling?

A. If he can identify his ball, it may deemed unplayable. 

B. If he cannot recover the ball, it is lost even if it is identified.

C. If he cannot identify the ball, it may be deemed lost or unplayable.

ANSWER:  A. If he can identify his ball, it may be deemed unplayable. (See Decision 27/14).

February 13, 2018

Which is FALSE regarding ground under repair?

A. It includes material piled for removal and a hole made by a greenskeeper, even if not so marked.

B. Stakes or lines defining ground under repair are in such ground.

C. Grass cuttings left on the course that have been abandoned and are not intended to be removed are ground under repair.

February 5, 2018

True or False: A player may have a caddie carry his clubs and additional persons carry items other than clubs for the player.

Answer: TRUE (See Decision 6-4/5.3)