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Special Olympics Golf
- The tournament committee may prohibit the use of caddies or restrict the choice of caddies. (Rules of Golf USGA Handbook Appendix 1, Section 2.
- A caddie must be a certified level 2 coach and must be registered for the competition.
- An athlete must be registered as having a caddie for assistance.
- An athlete may only have one caddie, a two stroke penalty is assessed for each hole an athlete uses more than one caddie (Rule 6-4).
- The caddie is responsible for knowing the Rules of Golf. Should the caddie violate a rule, the athlete will be penalized as if he/she committed the violation. (Rule 6-1).
- While “making a stroke” the caddie shall not be positioned close to or on an extension of the line of play or putt behind the ball. The caddie can hold the line during practice swings but must move away when the athlete addresses the ball (Rule 14-2b).
- A caddie is allowed to tend the flag, but this must be arranged before the athlete makes his or her stroke. Once the stroke has been made, the decision of the athlete to keep the flag in or pull it cannot change (Rule 17-1).
- A caddie can:
- Carry or push the athlete’s clubs.
- Assist with club selection and teeing a ball on the tee box if needed.
- Fix divots, ball marks, rake sand traps, tend the flag if requested before the stroke.
- Help locate a golf ball and record the athlete’s score.
- Suggest aim/line
- The caddie may not physically assist, but can suggest where to aim.
- The caddie may not put a mark on the ground, or touch the line to assist.
- In unified three or nine-hole golf the unified partner may serve as a caddie when it’s the athlete’s turn to hit.