I was plaing with DJ Paulie P today when he almost aced 18 whites. He just missed it, the disc skipped and slid toward the OB fence. Now, the rule of OB on 18 I have always heard is the fence is the line, and if a little bit of the disc is under the fence instead of past it, the disc is in bounds. Paul's disc was past the fence by three or four inches, so it looked OB, but when we got close we saw something odd. Halfway between the fence posts, intertwined in the barbed-wire fencing, was a vertical braid of two wires that held the fencing together. This braid continued down past the lowest horizontal barbed wire, and gently bent down the hill where it hit the ground. Paul's disc was right on top of this wire braid. So the disc was past most of the fence, but not all of it.
Our ruling was that the disc was still in play. He got a meter relief from the fence and we played on. Was this the right ruling?
Sounds good to me
Sounds like the right ruling given that we play the fence as the line. For tournament play, the fence should either be 1) stringed out, so there is no possible confusion; or 2) considered to be a straight (imaginary) line running between each post, so that bends in the wire, vertical wires, etc., don't come into play. If it looks close, you take a string and stretch it between the nearest two posts, and that's your actual OB line.
Again, though, because we play "the fence" as the OB line, rather than "the posts of the fence," and DJ Paulie P's fresh slice of near-ace was apparently NOT entirely beyond the fence, I mean, you gotta give it to him! And an equally applicable rule: the group's decision carries the day!
We need to either flag it or play the posts. Since there is a large section without fence anymore we should clarify that for Zoo Town and any other competitive rounds.
up until the hole is removed..
nice, thank you. We felt it was the right call, I am glad to see our decision confirmed. And yeah, that fence needs attention if it is a OB marker during tournament play. On the other hand, it probably won't be in play after March (April, May...)