All sports have a set of rules that they follow but none is more strict with those rules than golf. And that was on full display this week at a high school golf event in Oregon.
In one of several high school tournaments that will take place across the country this year, some Oregonians came across a decision that would alter their scores for the entire event. The groups were playing at Quail Valley Golf Course and using the courses official scorecard. The issue came up when the parties approached the 13th hole.
The Par-3 was listed as playing 172 yards on the day but the problem was that the measurement was taken from the red tees. For the competition, players were required to play from the blue tees, where all the other distances were measured from. Ultimately, the first group decided to play the 13th from the red tees to comply with the distance that was set on the scorecard.
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This ended up being a decision that would doom four groups of three who teed off from the red tees before rules officials stepped in. According to those officials, players should have continued playing from the blue tees because that is the first bullet point under to rules of the tournament. So because the 12 players played that hole from the red tees, they were disqualified for not playing the same course.
Those 12 players will be allowed to play the next day but without a first round score. This doesn’t help themselves or their high school teams, however, as they will still be disqualified from individual and team events. The decision of the rules officials was backed up by the Oregon School Activities Association, who concurred that all players should have been playing from the blue tees.
It seems a little unfair to penalize players, especially high schoolers, for being put in that difficult situation but the rules are the rules. Hopefully, any students that find themselves in the same situation will be able to look back on this and make sure they don’t get caught making the same mistake.
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