R&A 2018 Local Rule: Modification of Score Card Penalty

The R&A and USGA have recommended that all Committees introduce the following Local Rule commencing 1st January 2018.j

This Local Rule overrides the change to the Exception to Rule 6-6d introduced on 1st January 2016, which penalised a player an additional two strokes for a penalty that was not recorded on their returned score card.

The Exception to Rule 6-6d is modified as follows:

Exception: If a competitor returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken due to failure to include one or more penalty strokes that, before returning his score card, he did not know he had incurred, he is not disqualified. In such circumstances, the competitor incurs the penalty prescribed by the applicable Rule, but there is no additional penalty for a breach of Rule 6-6d. This Exception does not apply when the applicable penalty is disqualification from the competition.

Note 1: The Committee is responsible for the addition of scores and application of the handicap recorded on the score card – see Rule 33-5.
Note 2: In four-ball stroke play, see also Rule 31-3 and 31-7a.

So if this Local Rule is introduced, a player will only be penalised one or two strokes (depending on the penalty for the breach incurred), for not including a penalty on their score card, providing they were not aware that they had incurred one.

One Reply to “R&A 2018 Local Rule: Modification of Score Card Penalty”

  1. If your Golf Club does not apply this local rule, you will incur penalty strokes applicable to the rule that you have infringed, plus an additional penalty of two strokes
    If your Golf Club does apply the local rule then you will only incur the penalty strokes applicable to the rule you have infringed

    A typical example may be:-

    You ground your club in a hazard, so lightly that you are not aware you have done so. It should cost you a penalty of two strokes but you do not include them on your scorecard because you were unaware that you had incurred a penalty and return an incorrect scorecard.

    If your club has not applied the local rule, you will incur two penalty strokes for grounding your club in a hazard and an additional two penalty strokes for returning a wrong score at a hole, a total of four penalty strokes

    If,however, the local rule has been applied, you will only incur two penalty strokes for grounding your club.

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