19th Hole: CGA Won't Utilize 2014 Grooves Rule
Everybody wants to know.
Serious golfers concerned with the United States Golf Association’s recommended “Grooves Rule” are asking the Carolinas Golf Association for clarification.
The CGA has received many inquiries since 2010 about its stance and plans to implement the recommended “Grooves Rule” at the organization’s championships and tournaments in 2014.
After lengthy discussions exploring both the positives and negatives of this rule, the CGA executive committee has decided not to implement the recommended “Grooves Rule” for condition of competition at any of its 2014 championships or tournaments. Listed below are a few reasons for the decision:
n The 2014 timeline is a recommendation from the USGA and not a mandate.
n The purpose of the rule (to reduce golf ball spin rates) is geared toward “expert” golfers and amateur players at the highest level.
Most CGA members are not “expert” golfers (i.e., professionals or scratch/ plus handicap), nor do they play at the “highest levels of amateur golf” (i.e.. U.S. Amateur).
n Most CGA members will not attempt to qualify for 2014 USGA championships (which will require the new grooves), so enforcing this rule at the CGA level would force many golfers to purchase new equipment for the sanctioned 2014 tournaments.
This will avoid any confusion as to which CGA tournaments are played and which are not using the new grooves specification. (i.e., championships versus one-day net tournaments).
The grooves specifications will be incorporated into the Rules of Golf in 2024, at which time the CGA will support and enforce this specification.
The condition of competition is currently in effect for U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Women’s Open qualifying.
In 2014, the USGA will adopt the condition of competition for all of their amateur championships and team events.
For additional information, contact the Carolinas Golf Association at (910) 673-1000 or email admin@ carolinasgolf.org.
Information for this article was provided by the Carolinas Golf Associa-tion, headquartered in West End.
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