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Seaside Course bunkers sectioned into hazards, waste areas

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – GTC took particular interest in a notice posted in the Sea Island Resort locker room this week for the McGladrey Classic.

In short, officials are sectioning many of the Seaside Course’s bunkers into areas that are defined as hazards and those that are played as waste areas, which would allow players to ground their clubs.

The two are delineated by areas that are raked (hazard) and areas that are unkempt (waste areas), and caddies are being encouraged to maintain the boundaries between the two during the course of play.

According to PGA Tour rules official Mark Russell there have been no problems caused by the distinction this week, which makes GTC wonder why the PGA of America couldn’t have adopted a similar procedure during last year’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Just imagine, a simple rake could have kept us from Bunkergate.