The ACGA has adopted the new R&A / USGA Local Rule

The ACGA has adopted the new Local Rule which eliminates penalty for a golfer who accidentally causes a ball to move on the putting green.

• Rule available for committees to use in golf competitions from 1 January 2017.

 

• R&A and USGA will adopt new Local Rule in all golf championships, qualifying competitions and international matches.

 

The R&A and the USGA today announced the introduction of a new Local Rule to the Rules of Golf that eliminates the penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the putting green.

 

The Local Rule will be available for any committee in charge of a golf competition to use starting 1 January 2017. It will be adopted by The R&A and the USGA in all of their championships, qualifying competitions and international matches.

http://www.randa.org/News/2016/12/New-Local-Rule-for-Golf