Date: 17th December, 2012
Event: The Steve Allan Junior Open
Where: The Berwick Montuna Golf Club
Yardage: Mens Tees = 5600 yards, Championship Tees = ?
Karl’s division: “A” Grade (handicaps of less than 10)
Age Division: Under 21 Years
Karl’s Score: 73
Winning Score: 68
Karl’s result: DQ’d
Comments: A hungry Karl rushed his card return immediately after the round so as to get to the burger, fries & coke quickly. He only bothered to check that the actual total was correct instead of diligently going through each and every hole to ensure that the scores per hole matched.
Karl would have won the Nett by 2 strokes, but because of the mistake he was rightfully DQ’d and spent an hour being inconsolable.
It was a good lesson learned here instead of at a World Championships, as what many younger players don’t realise is that the total is irrelevant to the Scorers. The key record is that each hole matches up to the total score.
BTW, the Scorers at The World Championships and at PGA events make the players sit down and check hole by hole so as to avoid this happening.
Lesson: Many a Tour player has inadvertently made the same mistake, including Padraig Harrington, Paul Azinger, Graham Marsh, Nick Price, Sir Nick Faldo. More recently though, this year Australia’s Stacey Keating signed for an incorrect card which would otherwise have seen her Win the Women’s British Open.
Karl’s website is www.karlgolf.info