Knowing the rule when your ball is stuck up a tree

2011-09-08 00:00

MOST golfers at some time have hit a ball into a tree and the ball didn’t come down, it stayed up there.

It’s a fairly strange thing, but it does happen, especially within the conifer family of trees.

The rule here is quite simple in that if a ball is hit into a tree and it doesn’t come down and you can’t see it, the ball is lost and the penalty is stroke and distance; in other words, go back and hit another ball.

That’s easy, but what if a ball can be seen up there in a tree. Is it still a penalty of stroke and distance?

Well, seeing a ball up in a tree doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the player’s ball. If it can’t be identified as the ball belonging to the player, the penalty is the same — stroke and distance.

Anyone who watches professional tournament golf on television would probably have seen a player hit his ball high into a palm tree and it didn’t come down.

However, the player and his caddy could see a ball stuck up there so the enterprising caddie borrowed a set of binoculars from a spectator and positively identified the ball, not only because of the make and number but the personalised marking the player made on the ball before he teed off.

The player therefore found the ball and declared it unplayable, which meant that he didn’t have to go back and hit another ball. He dropped within two club lengths and hit the ball on to the green and holed the putt for a par-four.

On one occasion many years ago Bernhard Langer climbed a tree and played the ball from where it was wedged (pun intended). He chipped it onto the green and didn’t incur any penalty and no, he didn’t use a tree iron.

Golfers, amateur and professionals alike have all sorts of things and bits and bobs in the golf bag, and it’s likely that lady golfers have more, but a set of binoculars may be taking it too far.

LAST WEEKEND’S RESULTS

On Saturday, Maritzburg Golf Club held the Bedstore Monthly Mug coupled with the Peters Cup.

A division: 1. R. Nel net 67; 2. L. Franklin net 71

B division: 1. H. Horsley net 71; 2. B. Malunga net 71

C division: 1. P. Maher net 70; 2. J. Hattingh net 71

Seniors: 1. A. Fiene net 71

2. M. Wulfsohn net 71

The winner of the Peters Cup was P. Maher on 38 points on a count out from H. Horsley.

Victoria Country Club held a 4 ball Stableford alliance (one to count) on Saturday.

The winners were D. Nicholson, J. Derrett, K. Naidoo and J. Norman-Smith on 53 points. In second place were R. Davis, P. Claasens, R. Kleinhans and B. Fourie on 52 points.

From the 19th hole …

In the clubhouse bar after his game of golf, Sam was telling his mates about his visit to his lawyer to make out his will.

Sam asked the lawyer what he should do. The lawyer said, “Just answer a few questions and leave it all to me.”

Sam replied, “Well you seem to be a nice guy but I was hoping to leave everything to my wife.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.