Article posted 8/27/03 |
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For those of you that donít know me my name is
David Kim and I have been doing scoring and scoreboards here in Hawaii
for more than ten years. Along with my wife Amy, we have done many
events from one-day shotguns, local club outings, state tournaments and
full field events for all the professional tours and have seen it all.
From simple oversights to downright cheating on the scorecards that can
have you disqualified.
By now most of you have heard about the
unfortunate incident that occurred at this years British Open involving
two player who were disqualified for signing the wrong score card. The
solution was as simple as striking out the wrong name and inserting the
correct one. (There are more ways to correct the situation).
At a more recent tournament, the Army Amateur,
a competitor turned in his card with a hole score that was higher than
what he made (a 5 instead of a 4) and in this case the 5 must stay, even
when the total was correct. The unfortunate part is that the player
missed making the cut by one stroke and could not play the
The ultimate responsibility falls on the
players, but the committee at the British Open, must accept part of the
screw up. The committee is there to assist the competitors in making
sure that the scorecard is correct. In my opinion, the Committee could
have and should have made the correction. I think they should have
disqualified themselves and let the players continue.
The above scenario happened at a tournament
that was played recently. And I feel the committee made the correct
decision by accepting the cards by switching the names of the players
and allowing them finish the tournament. Whether you are in contention
or not, it is very important that you check your card for accuracy and
bring any discrepancies to the Committee
BEFORE handing in your card.
The Committee also has its responsibilities by making sure the
participants have completed all that is required for a correct
scorecard. Just remember, the committee does not disqualify you,
you disqualify yourself. Check
out rule # 6 in the USGA Rules Of Golf for a complete explanation.
Just remember, your round is not over after
the last putt on the last hole, but when you
turn in your scorecard!
Golf is a game, and a game is fun, enjoy it.
See you at the next tournament, come up and
say hello and ask questions or tell us your horror stories.