The course features one of the busiest intersections I've ever seen. The sixth, thirteenth, and fifteenth holes run parallel to each other, six and thirteen going one way, fifteen the other. I wrote about it after last year's event, which you can read about here.
There's never a dull moment here. This year, I had four separate requests for relief. The answer in each case was no. Here's a brief rundown, with the explanations. In all cases the pictures are re-creations of the situation, taken after the fact.
This player's ball was in the thirteenth fairway. He was playing the fifteenth. You can see the green in the distance. There is a distance marker about a foot behind his ball.
This ball is in the rough left of the thirteenth fairway. As you can see, there is a sprinkler control box, also in the rough, more or less on the player's line of play.
A bit later, I found Decision 33-8/17, which states that the committee is not allowed to adopt such a Local Rule, since it is not unusual to find irrigation control boxes on golf courses. Bingo! A word for word explanation! I showed it to the coach later in the day. His smile told me that he probably already knew that, and was just trying to help his player. Looking back, I'm sure he did. He's been in golf all his life, and his brother is a multiple major championship winner...
The ball below was in lateral water hazard to the right of the sixteenth fairway, on the edge of the bridge which crosses it.
Since not only was the bridge in the player's swing path, but the ball was also sitting in a depression, he took relief outside the hazard. In fact, he took what is surely the least known option: He went to the other side of the lateral hazard (to the right), to a point equidistant to the hole as the entry point of his original shot, and proceeded from there, since it offered both a cleaner lie and better angle to the green. This point is a lot easier to ascertain now that the NCAA allows the use of laser range finders!
Finally... This player's ball was a few paces off the putting green, with a couple of sprinkler heads in his line of play.
Interesting day. One day, four denials of relief. Best advice: Play Hard!