Nearest Point of Relief

Do you know how to determine your nearest point of relief?

Nearest Point of Relief
The “nearest point of relief” is the reference point for taking relief without penalty from interference by an immovable obstruction (Rule 24-2), an abnormal ground condition (Rule 25-1) or a wrong putting green (Rule 25-3).

It is the point on the course nearest to where the ball lies:

(i) that is not nearer the hole, and

(ii) where, if the ball were so positioned, no interference by the condition from which relief is sought would exist for the stroke the player would have made from the original position if the condition were not there.

Note: In order to determine the nearest point of relief accurately, the player should use the club with which he would have made his next stroke if the condition were not there to simulate the address position, direction of play and swing for such a stroke.

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CHRIS KAUFMAN WINS 2011 SOUTH FLORIDA PGA SECTION CHAMPIONSHIP

CHRIS KAUFMAN WINS 2011 SOUTH FLORIDA PGA SECTION CHAMPIONSHIPNAPLES, Fla. – Christopher Kaufman shot three straight 68s to win the 33rd annual South Florida PGA Section Championship presented  by TaylorMade adidas Ashworth and supported by Boxgroove and The PGA Tour.  Kaufman won by one stroke Wednesday despite a bogey on the final hole at Hideout Golf Club.

The director of instruction at the Boca Raton Resort, Kaufman edged defending champion Alan Morin by one stroke, 204 to 205. Morin, an assistant professional at The Falls Country Club, Lake Worth, was bidding for his record fourth Section Championship. He closed with 67.

It was a reversal of the Section Championship a year ago when Morin trailed Kaufman by a stroke at the 18th tee the final round at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club in Jupiter. Kaufman made a double bogey and Morin won with a routine par, finishing 71-208 to Kaufman’s 70-209.

“When we got to the 18th tee this afternoon, that was the first time I thought about winning,” Kaufman said. “I had a two-stroke lead after the first two rounds. I had played pretty well and figured someone would have to shoot 66 to beat me.

“I hit my second shot into a bunker, got out to about four feet and just hit a horrible putt. It was the only bogey I made at Hideout in two rounds,” he said.

With Hurricane Irene churning toward the mainland, SFPGA officials decided Tuesday morning to play three rounds in two days. Second round play was interrupted by darkness Tuesday. The 36-hole cut after two rounds to the low 40 and ties fell at five over par 149.

After playing at Hideout Tuesday morning, Kaufman got in nine and a half holes at Wyndemere Country Club Tuesday evening and the last eight and a half Wednesday morning before returning to Hideout to learn he led by two strokes. He had an eagle, three birdies and four bogeys Wednesday at Wyndemere.

“I’ve won a lot of mini-tour events but this is my biggest win for what it means, winning a Section Championship,” Kaufman said. He earned $4,190.55, including the optional bonus pool, from a purse of $44,675.37.

The top 18 on the money list, including optional bonus pool:

South Florida PGA Section Championship
Hideout GC, Naples, Fla.
6,924 yards, par 62
Wyndemere CC, Naples, Fla.
6,737 yards, par 72

Chris Kaufman, Boca Raton, $4,190.55                     68-68-68—204
Alan Morin, Lake Worth, $2,518.20                          68-70-67—205
Paul Scaletta, Jupiter, $1,808.39                                 68-70-68—206
Gene Fieger, Naples, $1,585.02                                  68-70-72—210
Richard Terga, Palm Beach Gardens, $1,440.99        70-71-70—211
J.D. Murray, Naples, $1,338.13                                  69-71-72—212
Chris Toulson, Doral, $1,338.13                                 70-72-70—212
Chris Trout, Fort Myers, $1,338.13                            68-76-68—212
Joe Allinder, Bonita Springs, $1,261.88                     71-67-75—213
Jared Blocker, Naples, $1,031.88                               74-67-72—213
Jason Hrynkiw, Delray Beach, $992.20                     69-74-72—215
Mike San Filippo, West Palm Beach, $1,212.20        70-72-73—215
Rod Curl Jr., Palm City, $1,157.53                            71-72-73—216
Ed Sabo, Tequesta, $1,157.53                                                72-68-76—216
Chris Campbell, Vero Beach, $1,083.01                    74-73-70—217
Larry Gantzer, Naples, $1,083.01                               73-70-74—217
Douglas Reed, Naples, $893.01                                 71-69-77—217
Victor Tortorici, Stuart, $1,083.01                             74-71-72—217

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Ball Unplayable

Ball Unplayable    The player may deem his ball unplayable at any place on the course, except when the ball is in a water hazard. The player is the sole judge as to whether his ball is unplayable.

If the player deems his ball to be unplayable, he must, under penalty of one stroke:

a. Play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5); or

b. Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped; or

c. Drop a ball within two club-lengths of the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the hole.

If the unplayable ball is in a bunker, the player may proceed under Clause a, b or c. If he elects to proceed under Clause b or c, a ball must be dropped in the bunker.

When proceeding under this Rule, the player may lift and clean his ball or substitute a ball.

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