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Rules of Golf

The USGA, in conjunction with The R&A in St. Andrews, Scotland, writes, interprets and maintains the Rules of Golf to guard the tradition and integrity of the game.The two organizations are joint authors and owners of The Rules of Golf and Decisions on the Rules of Golf.Through an agreement with The R&A, the Rules jurisdiction of the USGA includes only the United States, its possessions and Mexico.The latest version went into effect Jan. 1, 2012, with the next revision taking effect Jan. 1, 2016.

Golf Rule 2 - Match Play

Match Play: consists of one player playing against an opponent in which the scoring is done by counting holes. It's the most common form of play among two to four people.
Three-Ball is a match in which three players play against one another. Each player plays his own ball and each playing two separate matches.
Four-Ball is a match in which a team of two play their best ball agains the best ball of one other team of two.
Best-Ball is a match in which one player plays against the best ball of a team consisting of two or three players.
TERMONOLOGY-Dormie is a term used when one side is as many holes up as there are holes remaining to be played. For instance, if team A was two up after 16 holes their match would be dormie, meaning the other side would have to win both the last two holes to tie.
TERMONOLOGY-All square is a term used during a match when the score is tied. Holes Up refers to the number of holes one team is ahead of the other.
TERMONOLOGY-Halved Hole is a hole that was tied, each player took the same amount of strokes to complete the hole just played.

NOTE--This could save someone, if a player has already finished a hole and his opponent has a shot left that could halve the hole, if the player then incurrs a penalty, the stroke is halved. In other words, a player who gives advice to his opponent is penalized by loss of hole. However, if the player holed out in five strokes and his opponent is left with a putt that would also give him a five. If the player gives advice before his opponent plays, the player receives a penalty which is not loss of hole, rather the hole is halved.

WINNER OF A MATCH: the side which wins a match is the side leading by more holes than that remain to be played. IN CASE OF A TIE--a stipulated round can be extended by the committee to settle a tie.
CONCESSION: only when a player's ball is at rest may an opponent concede the player to have finished the hole with his next stroke. The ball may be removed by either side.
NOTE--at anytime before the end of a hole or match, a player can concede a hole or match.

CLAIMS--it's very important to know this procedure as we want to avoid violence at all cost.
If a dispute comes up and no rules official or committee member is available the match must be continued. For any claim to be considered, it has to be made before any player in the match plays from the next tee, or if in the case of the last hole, before all of the players in the match leave the putting green.
A later claim will be considered only if it's based on facts unknown to the player who made the claim and the player who made the claim had been given wrong information by his opponent(s).
Finally, no later claim will be considered after the results have been posted and winner of the match has been officially announced. The only exception is if the committee is convinced that the opponent or player knew he was giving wrong information, in other words he purposely gave wrong information.