YochaDehe (S) - Feb 22, 2014

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ONLY IN IAGA!!!! The rallying cry heard throughout the 2013 season kicks off our pre-season event at Yocha De He golf course. What a gorgeous day.....it got warm during the second half of the day, but our players were HOT!!!! HOT!!! HOT!!! on the course the ENTIRE round.

IAGA represented strong at the Yocha event with the Team of RANDY SHIRBROUN, GERARD GEOGHEGAN, FELIX SOLOMON, AND new member, MILIND DANGE coming in with a 9 under 63 GROSS in the Best Ball competition..........NICE SHOOTING TEAM!!!!

The hottest golfer on the course was TONY JUDGE, who shot a very smooth GROSS 72 to take the LOW GROSS in the Cache Creek flight AND the Low Net in the Cache Creek flight. He was joined by KAMAL AHLUWALIA, who loved his foursome, and rallied to an equal sweep of the Low Gross AND Low Net in the Yocha Flight.

We had 3 players cash in big on the SKINS GAME. With 100% participation in skins, newbie MILIND DANGE, 2013 Golfer of the Year VIKAAS DIXIT and returnee GERARD GEOGHEGAN will each receive $250 for their respective NET EAGLES on hole #'s 3, 8 and 9. CONGRATS guys!!!!

DO YOU KNOW THE RULES?? Looks like we were practicing Rules infractions during our pre-season warm up event so we get in fine form when the regular season starts....... ONLY IN IAGA!!!!...........

RULING #1.........Players A (let's call him Shant Singh) & B (let's call him new member Rajeev Verma who is in the same cart as Shant Singh.....bad move already) were going from 9th green to 10th tee box. Play was a bit slow and they knew they would have to wait on the 10th tee box for a bit. Along the way, they passed the practice putting green near the clubhouse. With over 50 balls sitting on the green just looking like a jar of M&M's to a chocolate addict, they decided to practice some chipping and putting. WHAT??? REALLY??? DID THIS REALLY HAPPEN??

It did ......ONLY IN IAGA. DQ......DQ......DQ........NOT!!!! PENALTY.....PENALTY.......PENALTY...........NOT!!!!! You read that right members. Per rule 7-2.........No DQ and No Penalty. DID YOU KNOW THAT?? Read the rule:

7-2. During Round

A player must not make a practice stroke during play of a hole.

Between the play of two holes a player must not make a practice stroke, except that he may practice putting or chipping on or near:

a. the putting green of the hole last played,

b. any practice putting green, or

c. the teeing ground of the next hole to be played in the round, provided a practice stroke is not made from a hazard and does not unduly delay play (Rule 6-7).

Strokes made in continuing the play of a hole, the result of which has been decided, are not practice strokes.

RULING #2........Player A (let's call him Sandeep Bhasin for this one) hits tee shot onto seeded area on left of cart path. Local rule is written and states any area with seeding in progress is a free drop at the nearest point of relief no closer to the hole. Player A, not knowing the local rule is about to play his shot to the green from the seeded area. Marshall is driving by and informs him that is a free drop and exactly where to drop. The drop the marshall suggests is closer to the hole. While the playing partners protest, the marshall insists the player is in a correct position and can proceed. Despite arguments from members of the group, the marshall does not change his position and the player proceeds to hit his ball from a position which was closer to the hole.

Did Player A proceed within the rules of golf since the marshall on course gave him the ruling?? YES......YES......YES.....all is ok.....the Marshall told him to so he is OK............NOT!!!!

Per the rules of golf, the marshall has no authority to make rulings on a course. The marshall is on the course to help speed play and assist players with pace of play issues, not rules of golf issues. Only a referee appointed by the committee is authorized to do so. Lacking a referees ruling, the player must proceed in accordance with the rules of golf. In this instance, the player took an ILLEGAL drop closer to the hole. The fact the marshall insisted on it, does not make it ok. The player is responsible for knowing the rules of golf. AND as we state in IAGA......ALWAYS play two balls and bring it to the committee. Since the player took an illegal drop, the penalty is 2 strokes.

Stroke Play

If a competitor makes a stroke from a wrong place, he incurs a penalty of two strokes under the applicable Rule. He must play out the hole with the ball played from the wrong place, without correcting his error, provided he has not committed a serious breach (see Note 1).

If a competitor becomes aware that he has played from a wrong place and believes that he may have committed a serious breach, he must, before making a stroke on the next teeing ground, play out the hole with a second ball played in accordance with the Rules. If the hole being played is the last hole of the round, he must declare, before leaving the putting green, that he will play out the hole with a second ball played in accordance with the Rules.

And with the rulings in the books for our preseason event and the RESULTS posted on iagagolf.com website, we are ready to begin the 2014 IAGA regular season.

The kickoff event will be on Saturday, March 15th at Eagle Vines Golf Course. This is a SHOTGUN event with a breakfast. Signup details will be sent shortly.

Practice is over..........let the REAL games begin!!!!!

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