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Rules of Golf — change for 2017

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 |

The following is copied from an article in Golf Digest: One of golf’s most unjust rules is finally going to change. Effective Jan. 1, courses and tournament committees can enact a Local Rule that says if you, your caddie, your partner or your equipment accidentally move a ball or ball marker on the putting green, there is no penalty and the ball should be replaced. This Local Rule, which was announced jointly by the USGA and R&A, also applies to your opponent or opponents in match play, the other side’s caddies and equipment. You read that right. Rules-makers did something really, really good for the game. “We’re golfers, too, and when we saw players penalized for minor movement of a ball on the putting green, it didn’t sit well with us,” says Thomas Pagel, senior director of the Rules of Golf and amateur status for the USGA. “I do hope people are excited about the change and it’s well received.” Pagel added he could envision a time when this Local Rule becomes a permanent one—such as when the next revisions to the Rules of Golf go into effect in 2020—but “I’m not going to guarantee anything,” he says. The reaction from professional tournament organizers has been extremely positive. All the major pro tours, and the Masters, have confirmed they will use the new rule in 2017. It was created, in part, as a reaction to the messy rules situation that impacted Dustin Johnson during the U.S. Open at Oakmont in June, but Pagel says it was being considered prior to that. Johnson, who won the championship, was deemed to have accidentally moved his ball on the fifth green in the final round, and received a one-stroke penalty, although video evidence seemed inconclusive and Johnson said he didn’t cause it to move. The way Rule 18-2 and Decision 18-2/0.5 are worded, if the weight of evidence indicates it’s more likely than not that a player caused the ball to move, then the penalty must be assessed. In Johnson’s case, the USGA said there was no other reason more likely than Johnson that caused the ball to move. If this new...

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Newest member of our Stafford Family

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 |

Please welcome the newest Stafford member, Ronan Buck McCarthy, son of Brian and Kristine McCarthy, grandson of Dennis and Lou Buckley and Mike and Mary...

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Temporary Greens until the 2017 Season

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 |

We finally have to concede to the Winter weather... the regular greens are now closed, and temporary pins have been set up in the approaches for winter play when the weather...

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Fall Festival Results

Posted on Oct 2, 2016 |

Congratulations to Bob McIntosh & Jim Sheffer for winning this year's Fall Festival!  They shot a remarkable 59. Hats off to each of the flight winners as well: First Flight: Craig Muehlig & Dick Wade (67) Second Flight: Scott Herring & John Kettle (69) Third Flight: Gene Cummings & Twilly Lynch (65) Fourth Flight: Mike Tucci & Scott Mase (69) Fifth Flight: Jon Flannery & Jim Darocha (71) Sixth Flight: Bill Friedman & Ray Massey...

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Fall Festival Schedule

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 |

Fall Festival Participants...  here is the timeline for the tournament this weekend: Thursday (Practice Round): 6:30pm Steak Dinner Friday: 11:30am Lunch 12:30pm Shotgun start 5:00pm Light Hors D'oeuvres Saturday: 8:00am Full Breakfast 9:00am Shotgun start 2:00pm Buffet...

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