Rule 22 - Foursomes (Also Known as Alternate Shot)

22.1 Overview of Foursomes

22.1/1 – Individual Handicaps Must Be Recorded on Scorecard

Under Rule 3.3b(4) (Handicap Shown on Scorecard), it is the player’s responsibility to make sure that his or her handicap (see 3.3b(4)/1) is correctly shown on the scorecardScorecard: The document where a player’s score for each hole is entered in stroke play.(...Continued). In a FoursomesFoursomes (also known as “Alternate Shot”): A form of play where two partners compete as a side by playing one ball in alternating order on each hole.(...Continued) competition, this would apply to both the player and his or her partnerPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play..

If the sideSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play.(...Continued) returns a scorecardScorecard: The document where a player’s score for each hole is entered in stroke play.(...Continued) on which the handicaps are not individually recorded for both the player and the partnerPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play., such as being combined as a side handicap allowance or being omitted, the sideSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play.(...Continued) is disqualified.

22.3 Side Must Alternate in Making Strokes

22.3/1 – When Playing Again from Teeing Area in Mixed Foursomes Ball Must Be Played from Same Teeing Area

In playing mixed FoursomesFoursomes (also known as “Alternate Shot”): A form of play where two partners compete as a side by playing one ball in alternating order on each hole.(...Continued) where different teeing areasTeeing Area: The area the player must play from in starting the hole he or she is playing.(...Continued) are used by women and men if, for example, a man tees off from the teeing areaTeeing Area: The area the player must play from in starting the hole he or she is playing.(...Continued) defined by green tee-markers and hits his shot out of boundsOut of Bounds: All areas outside the boundary edge of the course as defined by the Committee. All areas inside that edge are in bounds.(...Continued), the woman must play the next strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball.(...Continued) from the green teeing areaTeeing Area: The area the player must play from in starting the hole he or she is playing.(...Continued).

22.3/2 – Determining Which Ball Is in Play When Both Partners in Foursomes Tee Off from Same Tee

If both the player and his or her partnerPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. mistakenly tee off from the same teeing areaTeeing Area: The area the player must play from in starting the hole he or she is playing.(...Continued), it must be determined whose turn it was to play.

For example, Player A and Player B are partnersPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. of the sideSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play.(...Continued) A-B. Player A tees off first; then Player B tees off from the same teeing areaTeeing Area: The area the player must play from in starting the hole he or she is playing.(...Continued):

22.3/3 – Player May Not Purposely Miss Ball so His or Her Partner Can Play

A player may not change whose turn it is to play by intentionally missing the ball. A “strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball.(...Continued) ” is the forward movement of the club made to strike the ball. Therefore, if a player has intentionally missed the ball, he or she has not made a strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball.(...Continued) and it is still his or her turn to play.

For example, Player A and Player B are partnersPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. of the sideSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play.(...Continued) A-B. If Player A purposely misses the ball so that Player B can hit the shot, Player A has not made a strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball.(...Continued) as there was no intention of striking the ball. If Player B subsequently plays the ball, sideSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play.(...Continued) A-B gets the general penaltyGeneral Penalty: Loss of hole in match play or two penalty strokes in stroke play. because Player B played in the wrong order as it was still Player A’s turn to play.

However, if Player A intends to strike the ball and accidentally misses it, he or she has made a strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball.(...Continued) and it is Player B’s turn to play.

22.3/4 – How to Proceed When Provisional Ball Played by Wrong Partner

If a sideSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play.(...Continued) decides to play a provisional ballProvisional Ball: Another ball played in case the ball just played by the player may be:(...Continued), it must be played by the partnerPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. whose turn it is to make the side’sSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play.(...Continued) next strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball.(...Continued).

For example, Player A and Player B are partnersPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. of the sideSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play.(...Continued) A-B. Player A plays his or her ball and there is doubt whether the ball is out of boundsOut of Bounds: All areas outside the boundary edge of the course as defined by the Committee. All areas inside that edge are in bounds.(...Continued) or lostLost: The status of a ball that is not found in three minutes after the player or his or her caddie (or the player’s partner or partner’scaddie) begins to search for it.(...Continued) outside a penalty areaPenalty Area: An area from which relief with a one-stroke penalty is allowed if the player’s ball comes to rest there.(...Continued). If the sideSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play.(...Continued) decides to play a provisional ballProvisional Ball: Another ball played in case the ball just played by the player may be:(...Continued), Player B must play the provisional ballProvisional Ball: Another ball played in case the ball just played by the player may be:(...Continued). If, by mistake, Player A plays the provisional ballProvisional Ball: Another ball played in case the ball just played by the player may be:(...Continued), there is no penalty if the original ball is found and the provisional ballProvisional Ball: Another ball played in case the ball just played by the player may be:(...Continued) does not become the ball in playIn Play: The status of a player’s ball when it lies on the course and is being used in the play of a hole:(...Continued).

However, if the original ball is lostLost: The status of a ball that is not found in three minutes after the player or his or her caddie (or the player’s partner or partner’scaddie) begins to search for it.(...Continued) and the provisional ballProvisional Ball: Another ball played in case the ball just played by the player may be:(...Continued) becomes the ball in playIn Play: The status of a player’s ball when it lies on the course and is being used in the play of a hole:(...Continued), since Player A played the provisional ballProvisional Ball: Another ball played in case the ball just played by the player may be:(...Continued) in this example, the sideSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play.(...Continued) loses the hole in match playMatch Play: A form of play where a player or side plays directly against an opponent or opposing side in a head-to-head match of one or more rounds:(...Continued) or gets a penalty of two strokes in stroke playStroke Play: A form of play where a player or side competes against all other players or sides in the competition.(...Continued) for playing in the wrong order. In stroke playStroke Play: A form of play where a player or side competes against all other players or sides in the competition.(...Continued), the provisional ballProvisional Ball: Another ball played in case the ball just played by the player may be:(...Continued) must be abandoned and Player B must return to the spot of Player A’s last strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball.(...Continued) at the original ball and put a ball in playIn Play: The status of a player’s ball when it lies on the course and is being used in the play of a hole:(...Continued) (Rule 18.2b).