Source: PGA.com

1. Changed rule: There will be no penalty for moving a ball:  There will be no penalty for
accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball.

2. Changed rule: There is no penalty for a ball that is played on the putting green
hitting the flagstick.  
The flagstick can remain in the hole or taken out of the hole for putting
and there is no penalty if the ball hits the unattended flagstick.  Players may repair spike
marks or other damage made by shoes, and other damage on the putting green.

3. Changed rule:  The ball can be played from outside the bunker with two penalty strokes.  
There is no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the
sand in the bunker with the hand or club.  The restriction of not grounding the club right next
to the ball is still a rule.

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. Changed rule: Encouraging Prompt Pace of Play

Explanation
:  New Rule encourages prompt pace of play.

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 after the player is able to play
without interference or distraction.

The time allowed to look for a lost ball is 3 minutes when it used to be 5 minutes.

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. Changed rule: New Procedure for Dropping a Ball

Explanation
:  Players can drop a ball when taking relief, but the dropping procedure would
be changed.

How a ball may be dropped is simplified, because the ball is dropped from knee height.

Simplified but assures consistency and some randomness of the drop.

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 PLAYED THE SAME 2 COURSES, THE MONDAY AND TUESDAY
AFTER RENO'S HOT AUGUST NIGHTS EVENT, AUGUST 12 & 13.  

THE FRIDAY PLAYERS RECENTLY ENJOYED A FRIDAY DINNER AT KUBOTA'S IN
SAN JOSE'S JAPANTOWN.   THANKS TO DICK NAKAMURA AND SHIRO 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 AT CHEF CHU'S RESTAURANT.)
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