A new golf season is underway and a major overhaul of the United States Golf Association and rules of R & A golf is underway. The rule changes, approved last spring and introduced on January 1, have been the most comprehensive review of golf rules for more than 60 years.

The updated regulations make it easier to understand the rules and the total number of rules has been reduced from 34 to 24.

The new rules cover many aspects of the game, including the ball at rest, the ball in motion, reliefs, playing fields, equipment, playing ball, when playing during a round, player behavior, stray bullets , sand obstacles, and drop the ball.

The changes are too detailed to fit in this column. Golfers are invited to go online (USGA.org) to watch a video that explains the changes. Meanwhile, spectators at the Sentry event at the PGA Tour in Hawaii last weekend had the opportunity to see some of the new rules in effect.

Most golfers knew that to drop a ball, it had to be done at shoulder height, now at knee height, and the cameras surprised several players falling under the new regulation.

Another big change concerns the time spent searching for a lost ball: it is no longer five minutes. Find it in three minutes under the new rules or it's a lost ball. There are also new regulations on leaving a flag in / out and many other changes. The amendments were approved last spring in order to speed up the game and dispel any confusion.

The women's golf group is developing

This is an old saying that business is often done on the golf course. With more women in leadership and management positions, it's important to have access to and enjoy golf.

In 2006, I wrote these words in a magazine article about the new chapter of the Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA), which offered golfing and social activities to players of all levels.

Thirteen years later, the national organization doubled in size and became the LPGA Amateur Golf Association. She is based in Daytona Beach; the local now has 164 members. Its mission has not changed: it offers women the opportunity to master golf in a fun and welcoming environment.

Founded in the early 1990s, the group brings together a diverse group of women and helps them increase their business effectiveness and develop a network of personal relationships and professional relationships through golf.

Local golfers can participate in weekly friendly outings on routes in the Volusia and Flagler County area, or at interregional and national tournaments. Local individual players and jamming teams from the Daytona section have reached national finals in California and other venues over the years.

The local's new season kicks off Jan. 26 with a brunch and a round of golf at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach. Brunch costs $ 20 and starts at 10 am. golf, $ 40, starts at 12:30. Members are invited to bring a friend; Those interested in joining the group should contact Melody Kimmel, chairperson, at Mellie2yu22@gmail.com.

Club News

Ralph Lightfoot is the champion of the Palm Harbor Men's Golf Association's President's Cup for 2018. The President's Cup, the group's annual match-play tournament, includes a qualifying round followed by five rounds in elimination match play unique. A total of 32 players survived the qualifying round to participate in the tournament.

Over the next four weeks, Lightfoot eliminated its competitors, one after the other. The finals were in the fifth week in which Lightfoot defeated Tom Seidel, 3-2, winning the tournament at the 16th hole of the match. Seidel, finalist; Joe Daily, third; and Steve Moczarski, fourth.

The Cypress Knoll and Pine Lakes Nine and Dines are in full swing. Cypress golfers play Tuesday and Pine Lakes on Wednesdays. Both clubs invite non-members to play.

On January 3rd, Nine and Dine at Cypress, Doug Brown's quartet, Ray DeLance, Henry Angle and Bernie Upshur won the crude with a score of 31; The low net went to Terry O'Hagan's group, Sue O'Hagan, Timur Ruona and Henry Wade, with a 29.2.

Timur Ruona (# 14) and Anna Andrews (# 18) were the closest winners.

On January 1st, Barbara Lawson dug the 18th hole at Cypress. She used a 37-degree hybrid for a 115-yard shot, under the supervision of her play partner, Jeannie Schreiber.

Diane S. Zeeman is a former newspaper editor and public relations consultant who lives in Palm Coast. Email questions or golf news at DZeeman38@gmail.com.