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The scene:
For his second shot, my fellow competitor mistook my ball for his and hit it toward the green. When I got to what I thought was my ball, I discovered that it was someone else's (his, as it turned out) and that I thought he hit my ball. We fixed that problem (I dropped another ball as close as could be determined to where he hit the wrong ball and he went on to hit the correct ball) and we finished the hole.
The upshot:
All in the foursome discussed whether or not there should be a penalty. I maintained that under the new rules beginning this year that there was no penalty. I even dug out the rule book and it seemed to back up my opinion. Even then, there was no agreement. At the end of the round, we presented the problem to the proper authorities and it was ruled that there was a two-stroke penalty.
Although the rule is somewhat ambiguous, I maintain that, as long as there are no further shots made with the wrong ball (as was the case), there shouldn't be a penalty.
What say you?
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