Source: PGA.com

1. Proposed Change: Maximum Score Form of Stroke Play.

Explanation:
 A player's score for each hole is capped at a maximum set by the Committee,
which may be fixed (such as 6,8,10, etc.), related to par (such as two times par or triple
bogey), or related to the player's handicap (such as net double bogey).

A player who does not complete a hole (often referred to informally as "picking up and not be
disqualified, but simply gets the maximum score for the hole.

Why we love it: This is so much better than putting an "X" on the scorecard, or having that
one playing partner who picks up and always says, "Put me down for a ..."  Whatever.  Now
you can put them -- or  yourself -- down for a definitive number.  This rule would also be a
relief for those of us who are adamant about playing every stroke through the hole, even if it
adds up to a number in the high teens.

2. Proposed Change: Use of Distance-Measuring Devices (DMDs)

Explanation
: New Rule 4.3 will allow players to use DMDs to measure distance.

But a Committee may adopt a Local Rule prohibiting such use of DMDs.

Why we love it: Many of us may do this already.  But seeing as technology in equipment has
come such a long way, why should it only be limited to your golf ball and clubs?  Instead of
walking off yardages, it's easier and -- usually accurate within a 1/2 yard -- to just go ahead
and shoot the distance with a laser.  It also eliminates human error (provided you or your
caddie are in fact shooting the correct target).  This may rub some players the wrong way, as
they'll no longer have a caddie to blame for an incorrect yardage.

3. Proposed hange: Unplayable Ball in a Bunker (two-stroke penalty)

Explanation:
The player would have an extra option allowing relief outside the bunker using
the back-on-a-line procedure for a total of two penalty strokes (New Rule 19.3b).

Why we love it: Let's face it -- there's nothing worse than arriving at a bunker only to find
your ball embedded in the lip.  This new rule -- even while enforcing a two-stroke penalty
should you decide to take relief outside the bunker -- will prove to be extremely kind to
golfers.  Think about it: Yes, it's a two-stroke penalty, but chances are you were going to use
at least two strokes to get out of that bunker anyway, right?  Why not take the penalty and get
a clean lie from whatever yardage you're most comfortable with.?

4. Proposed Change: Encouraging Prompt Pace of Play

Explanation
:  New Rule 5.6 would encourage prompt pace of play be recommending that:

Players should recognize that their pace of play affects others and they should play promptly
throughout the round (such as by preparing in advance for each stroke and moving promptly
between strokes and in going to the next tee).  

A player should make a stroke in no more than 40 seconds (and usually in less time) after the
player is able to play without interference or distraction.

Committees should adopt a Pace of Play Policy (rather than only say they may do so).

In addition, new Rule 6.4 would expressly allow playing out of turn in match play by
agreement, and for stroke play would affirmatively allow and encourage players to play out of
turn in a safe and responsible way to save time or for convenience (also known as "ready
golf").

Why we love it: Playing "ready golf" has been an "unwritten rule" for years.  Getting it on the
books just makes a whole lot of sense.

5. Proposed Change: New Procedure for Dropping a Ball

Explanation
:  Players would continue to drop a ball when taking relief, but the dropping
procedure would be changed in several ways as detailed in Rule 14.3.

How a ball may be dropped is simplified, with no limitations on how the ball must be held or
how high it must be dropped from; the only requirement would be that the ball be let go from
any height above the ground or any growing thing or other natural or artificial object so that it
falls through the air, rather than being set down or placed on these things.

Why we love it" This is as close as you're going to get to being able to place your golf ball
without actually placing it.  Shoot -- it will even eliminate the need to place a ball after too
many bad drops.

DEDICATED SOUTHBAY NIKKEI GOLFERS AND FRIENDS HAVE BEEN GOLFING IN
THE RENO GOLF AREA EVERY YEAR FROM THE 1980'S.  WE USED TO STAY AT
THE SUNDOWNER HOTEL AND CASINO AND ENJOYED THE SPECIAL COMPS.

BEGINNING THE YEAR 2000 THE EVENT WAS DEDICATED TO THE SOUTHBAY
NIKKEI GOLF CLUB'S FIRST PRESIDENT, MAS HAYASHI, WHO WITH FELLOW
GOLFERS STARTED SOUTHBAY NIKKEI GOLF CLUB BACK IN 1988.   THE RENO
MAS HAYASHI GOLF TOURNAMENT IS PLAYED IN AUGUST EVERY YEAR.

FOR 2018 WE  PLAYED THOSE LAKERIDGE AND REDHAWK GOLF COURSES ON
AUGUST 13 & 14.  

FOR 2019 WE
ARE PLAYING THE SAME 2 COURSES, THE MONDAY AND TUESDAY
AFTER RENO'S HOT AUGUST NIGHTS EVENT, AUGUST 12 & 13.  

WE RECENTLY ELECTED GEORGE YANO TO BE OUR NEW CLUB PRESIDENT.  
CONGRATULATIONS TO GEORGE!

THE FRIDAY PLAYERS RECENTLY ENJOYED A FRIDAY DINNER AT KUBO
TA'S IN SAN JOSE'S JAPANTOWN.   THANKS TO DICK NAKAMURA AND SHIR
O KUBOTA FOR ARRANGING THIS WONDERFUL DINNER.   WE HAVE
AT LEAST
ONE DINNER A YEAR.   OUR FRIDAY TEE TIME IS 10:00 AM THROUGHOUT THE
YEAR.  THANKS TO DICK WHO GETS ALL OF OUR TEE TIMES, DOES THE
PAIRINGS PLUS THE SCORING AND THE AWARDS DISTRIBUTION EACH WEEK.

PLEASE SEE PHOTOS TAKEN RECENTLY.
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PHOTOS TAKEN AT CHEF CHU'S IN LOST ALTOS.