Bruce is playing in a stroke play competition on a
links course that he has not played before and he
cannot get used to the number of blind shots that he
has to make. On the 12th hole, a dog-leg right, he
has sliced his drive into the dunes. He has no idea
of the line to the hole, so he climbs to the top of
the dune to find the direction of the putting green.
Once he has determined the line he pushes a stick
into the soft earth, so that when he gets back to
his ball he will have a mark to aim at. As he
grounds his club on the grass immediately behind his
ball it settles down an inch or so deeper into the
rough. He returns to his bag for a different club
and then has trouble finding his ball. His fellow
competitor, Dan, comes over to help him search for
it and accidentally kicks it forward. Bruce is not
sure exactly where the ball was when he first moved
it, so he drops it at the spot that he and Dan
estimate that it was at rest. Bruce plays four more
str okes to get his ball into the hole. What is
Bruce's score for the hole?
(The answer is below)
19th Hole Titbit - Do You Know?
That you may make any marking on your ball (e.g.
draw a circle around the circumference of your
ball to assist you in your intended line of
putt). Rule 6-5.
1 - Drive into the dunes.
2 - One penalty stroke for causing his ball to move
in the long grass (Rule 18-2a(i)).
Note: No penalty is incurred by either player when
Dan, a fellow competitor, accidentally kicks Bruce's
ball (Rule 18-4).
Note: Because it was impossible to determine the
spot where his ball should be replaced Bruce was
correct to drop the ball as near as possible to the
place where it originally lay (Rule 20-3c).
3 & 4 - Two penalty strokes for placing a mark
indicating the line of play and not removing it
before making his stroke (Rule 9-2).
5 to 8 - Four strokes to hole out.
Bruce scores 8 for the hole.