Hail the D.O.G.S.!!!!!
This is the week to make a move and 35 players came out to chase the improvements which become tougher as the tournament progresses.
An on time shotgun start got everyone off the Z-Nine to see what they could do. A fast pace kept play moving and players back into the clubhouse at a reasonable time.
Welcome to newcomers Bruno Vanhoucke and Rick Loomans and welcome back Jim Schnieders. We hope you enjoyed the day and will be back soon.
We had hoped the injury sustained to one of our members earlier in the tournament would be the only one. Unfortunately we suffered another, and again, a bunker was involved. Jim was prepared to show everyone his deft bunker skills but his blast out of the sand came out low and fast, hitting the inside wall and ricochetting back striking him just below the eye. Fortunately a little bruising was all he suffered, along with an unneeded extra stroke, and he was able to continue play. Watch out out there, you never know what could happen.
While on the subject of safety, here is a good article on protecting your eyes.
There were several double winners this week with Rosie Tjaden taking both Drive & Pitch prizes, Minn Tun winning Putting Champion and Runner up while Nicolas Verdenal collected a Nearest to Pin and Lowest Gross.
John Brown was excited to see his drive on the New Course number 4 well past the flag but before he could think about writing his name, he noticed his lovely wife's ball another 30 meters down the fairway; Sarah Brown got her 3rd Longest Drive in a row on the hole. Richard Mau took the other Longest Drive and Chris Barnett the remaining Nearest to Pin. David Baglivo struggled on the infamous Z-Nine and was the winner of the Booby Prize. Christian Berkenhoff once again was the Most Exercise winner. We gave him an umbrella this time as his shelves are overflowing with acrylic Dogs. Another husband had his wife out perform him on the golf course; John Gustke watched Dewi Wardoyo collect the Little Dog as Weekly Champion.
A big congratulations to all our winners this week.
Going into the final round the competition is stiff. Despite making an improvement Richard Mau tumbled out of the lead to 4th place. Leon Bivolaru is our new leader. However he followed closely by the Verdenal's with Renny 0.3 points ahead of Nicolas (there could be a tense ride home from the course next week). Less than 4 points separate 1st and 10th place and all but 1 player in the top 10 still have bogey's on their scorecards. You can see the full Eclectic results on the Leaderboard page or in the myGolf2u app.
This should be an exciting finish, a hot round could see anyone finding themselves raising the Big Dog. Grab a friend or two and sign up for next week. Don't forget to let Rod know your preferred playing partners. Please also make sure you have confirmed that your preferred playing partners are their preferred playing partners!
Also note that signing up early helps a lot in getting things ready with the club - thanks.
Where: Jagorawi Golf & Country Club
When: Saturday, November 4, 2023
Tee Off: 12:00
Green Fee: 1.095.000 IDR. Includes cart and caddie fee
See you all on the course.
Rod & jb
The Rules and what it means when we play.
R&A First Grade Umpire.
8 Ways To Use The Rules To Your Advantage!
This week we explain eight scenarios where knowing the Rules is of an advantage to you.
It can sometimes seem that the Rules of Golf are out to get you and not devised to be fair or work at all in your favor (ball in a divot, anyone?), but there are some scenarios where the way the rules are applied can actually be a blessing and not only get you out of trouble, but assist your strategy and chances of hitting a better shot. Below, we outline these eight golf course situations where knowing the various intricacies of the Rules of Golf can really help you out. These differ from rules golfers often break in that typically, golfers are unaware of situations where the knowing the rules can
1. Change your ball
At club level, as long s the optional one-ball rule is not in force (it usually only applies at elite level), between holes you can always change your golf ball to a different one even if it isn't damaged. So if there was a par five with cross bunkers you normally struggle to carry, you could switch to a firmer ball like a Titleist Velocity to carry it further, and then switch to a softer, more spinny ball on the next tee if you need more control. Under Rule 6.3a, any ball you choose must be on the conforming list and you can't change balls during the play of a hole unless it has been cut or cracked.
2. Practising in a bunker
From 2019 onwards, the restrictions on touching sand in a bunker only apply to the bunker where your ball is lying, and there is no penalty for making a practice swing and hitting the sand in another bunker – so long as it does not unreasonably delay play.
3. Practising during a round
You can practise putting or chipping (but not bunker shots) on or around the green you’ve just played or next teeing area as long as you don’t unreasonably hold up play under Rule 5.5 in both stroke play and matchplay. But you are obviously not allowed to practice during the play of a hole!
4. Dropping into fairway/fringe from the rough when taking relief
Clarification on Rule 16.1/1 confirms that taking relief from an abnormal course condition can sometimes result in better or worse conditions, and the former is just your good fortune. An example of better conditions might be when taking relief from a sprinkler head (immovable obstruction) in the rough (general area), and your nearest point of complete relief or your relief area may be located in the fairway. If this results in you being able to drop in the fairway, or perhaps even fringe, this is allowed, but you couldn’t drop onto the putting green.
5. Partner goes first in fourballs
In fourball betterball, it is the side that has the honour rather than the one player furthest from the hole, and that side can choose to play in either order – e.g., if it’s your side's honour, the partner nearer the hole could putt first if it might help the other partner with line or pace, or could play first into the green if they have a straightforward shot so the partner further away knows whether or not to take a riskier shot on.
6. Looking in another player’s bag to see what club they've hit
There is nothing in the Rules to stop you doing this if the player’s bag is not covered in some way. What Rule 10.2a on ‘advice’ states that you can’t touch another player’s equipment to gain such information, so you couldn’t move a bag cover or towel to check – that would be two strokes in stroke play or loss of hole in matchplay. But if you don’t touch or move anything, that’s fine. And if you, the player, don’t want another player
looking in your bag, simply cover the top after pulling your club.
7. Re-teeing the ball in teeing area
Under Rule 6.2b you can always tee the ball up whenever it’s in the teeing area. Obvious for the first shot, but occasionally it can be useful beyond that if, for example, your foursomes partner virtually whiffs it but it stays within the teeing area or it ricochets back off a tree or wall. However, remember it's the ‘teeing area’ as defined in the Rules, not the whole tee block or mown area.
8. Stroke and distance is an option after a putt
Just occasionally it might be worth knowing that you can take stroke and distance after putting off the green miles back down the fairway on certain holes, into a bad spot in a bunker or, perhaps most of all, into a pond or lake (penalty area). Okay, you got the putt wrong first time, but are confident you can do better next time and fancy your chances more than a really tricky pitch or a near-impossible bunker shot? This is a particularly
appealing choice if your ball rolls into a penalty area where you will be incurring a penalty shot anyway for dropping back out. Even if it’s a four-footer you misjudged badly and your ball is now 40 yards away, you can still take stroke and distance if you think it’s your best chance of making the lowest score.
St. Andrew's Ball
Tickets are on sale for the 2023 St. Andrew's Ball. This is a fun night which always sells out. Get your tickets early. Details and registration link can be found here.
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