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Question:

The penalty for raking a bunker prior to making a stroke while your ball lies in that bunker is:

  • A. Two strokes in Stroke Play or loss of hole in Match Play
  • B. One stroke in both Stroke Play and Match Play
  • C. No penalty in Stroke Play or Match Play
  • D. Two strokes in both Stroke Play and Match Play

Answer:

C. There is no longer a penalty for raking a bunker prior to making a stroke so long as the ball does not come to rest in the raked area after making a stroke. However, the player must not take an action that might be deemed testing the condition of the hazard, i.e., pushing the rake handle into the sand, etc.

Question:

Select the only the correct answer for making a stroke from outside the teeing ground:

  • A. Loss of hole in Match Play
  • B. A two stroke penalty in Stroke Play and the player must replay from within the teeing ground without counting any strokes taken with ball played from outside the teeing ground.
  • C. A two stroke penalty in Match Play and the play need not replay from within the teeing ground.
  • D. In both Stroke Play and Match Play the player must replay from within the teeing ground and only count the strokes taken from outside the teeing ground.

Answer:

B. In Stroke Play the player must always return and play from within the teeing ground or be disqualified. No penalties or strokes taken with the ball played from outside the teeing ground shall be counted in the score for that hold. There is no penalty in Match Play but the opponent may require the player to replay his stroke from within the teeing ground or allow the player to continue play with the ball played from outside the teeing ground. For example, if your opponent makes a hole in one you might want to recall the shot. However, if your opponent hits it out of bounds you might want to keep quiet.

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Gene Miranda, PGA Master Professional Golf Coach, Retired, U.S. Air Force Academy

  • Member of the Golf Coaches of America Hall of Fame
  • Inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame
  • 2003 Colorado PGA Golf Professional of the Year
  • Coached 10 College All Americans (Nine cadets and one civilian)
  • PGA Master Professional
  • Dual meet coaching record 185-5 including 35 wins in a row
  • His golf teams won more than 50 college tournaments
  • Air Force Academy tournament named the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational (GMFI)
  • His instructional articles have been printed in nine major golf publications
  • 14 years as Colorado Golf Association Governor
  • Created and managed the Falcon Junior Golf Camps
  • Air Force Academy Cadet Golf Coach for 28 years
  • Served six years on the PGA Rules of Golf Committee
  • Represented college golf on the USGA Rules of Golf Committee
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