I know many of you like ruling threads. I played golf today and had 2 rules SNAFU issues!!
I played my 2nd shot on a par5 and pushed it towards OB. I make a point to check the ball number after my drop so I would know which ball I hit 2nd......and I hit a provisional....... a carbon copy shot!! LOL I get to my balls and both are within 6' of each other. One is OB by about 6 inches......and the other is safe.
Both balls are the same exact model and number and wear the same personalized "SHIT BALL" marking!! Aaaaaargh! I had no way of telling which ball was hit first! I assessed myself a 2 stroke penalty and played the in-bounds ball as it lie. My feelings are that if I am such a dumb@ZZ that I can't ID which ball I hit first......I deserve a 2-stroke penalty. If I was in a tourney, I would have known the number of the ball I hit first and made sure the 2nd was identifiable from the first......... Since it was casual play....I didn't pay attention to details.
Oh well...I hate it when that happens!!
It's getting late and I am playing straight into the setting sun. I hit a very solid feeling t-shot, I'm blinded by the sun and I don't know where it went. Leaves are on the ground and there is no telling what leaf it crawled under......... I thought to myself this is BS....I know it's around somewhere in play!! I was a single and alone on the course, I called it a lost ball, and re-teed with a 2 stroke penalty and salvaged a double Bogey.....
ONE: What would you have done in each situation?
TWO: What is the official ruling for each situation?
I actually played well today and scored a respectable 79 in spite of those two stupid doubles!! It could have easily been a 75...iffa, coulda, woulda....hahaha