Carolinas Golf Magazine

Winter 2018

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The 2019 Rules of Golf will go into effect on Jan. 1 with several important changes – and someone from the Carolinas played a big part in the process BY DON JOZWIAK Photographs courtesy of the USGA A ll golfers who play the game are bound by two sets of universal principles: the laws of physics and the Rules of Golf. While the former are a constant, the latter are undergoing the biggest change in decades – and golfers need to be ready to play by the new Rules when they tee it up starting on Jan. 1, 2019. The 2019 Rules of Golf were finalized early in 2018 by the USGA and R&A, following an extensive review that included a request for feedback from the global golf community. The process to modernize the Rules started in 2012 in an effort to ensure that the Rules are easier to understand, and to make the game more attractive and accessible for newcomers to the sport. The majority of the proposed Rules remain intact in the final version, but several important changes to the initial proposals and further clarification of many Rules were incorporated. Following a review of the feedback received from golfers and PGA Profes- sionals, changes included the dropping procedure, measuring in taking relief and removing the penalty for a double hit. The overall process of revamping the Rules involved a small group from the USGA and The R&A, plus representatives from amateur golf, the PGA of Amer- ica and professional tours. According to Country Club of North Carolina mem- ber Mark Reinemann, a member of the USGA Executive Committee and the W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 | | 15 C OV E R S TO RY New Year, New Rules!

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