Contrary to my previous announcement, the Warwick Armstrong Cup will indeed be play this coming Saturday 18th April, as per the original schedule. We have a very full sign-up sheet for Saturday, so keep checking and try to join up with a single to fill the slot.
There have been a number of instances lately where a Crow has been seen to steal a players ball. This is happening on the 5th fairway at present, and seems to effect Yellow and White balls for the most part. Maggie McKenzie says she's never had a Crow steal one of her pink balls, so Pink might be the new White!! The following is the appropriate Rule of Golf which covers this situation.
Ball Lifted or Moved by Outside InfluenceIf it is known or virtually certain that an outside influence (including another player in stroke play or another ball) lifted or moved a player’s ball:
- There is no penalty, and
- The ball must be replaced on its original spot (which if not known must be estimated) (see Rule 14.2).
But if it is not known or virtually certain that the ball was lifted or moved by an outside influence and the ball is lost, the player must take stroke-and-distance relief under Rule 18.2.
A bird is considered to be an 'Outside Influence'. Good luck, and remember you must have observed the bird removing your ball to claim the free relief. So if you observe a bird taking someones ball, be sure to let them know, they will be most grateful, and may even buy you a beer when the COVID-19-19 situation improves enough to socialise again.
Don't forget the "Nugget" competition, which gets underway on Friday