High school golfer denied history
By mustang6560 on 5/16/12
Caroline Inglis was poised to become the first golfer in the history of Oregon high school athletics to win four straight individual titles. However, she was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.
Inglis was disqualified after her final round for signing an incorrect scorecard. She shot a 3-under-par 69 at Trysting Tree Golf Club and would have finished at 2 under and won by nine shots.Sure, it's every golfer's responsibility to double check his or her own scorecard before signing it, however, it's unfair that Caroline will be denied her rightful place in history because her playing partner can't add, and she did not catch the error in time (I imagine her adrenaline was in overdrive knowing she just made history).
The USGA needs to update its rules to make sure "clerical" errors like this do not prevent a deserving champion from winning. There is no worldly lesson, in my opinion, to be learned in this situation to justify the rule. It's just a silly rule that needs to be updated.
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That sucks, but it goes to show that you need to make sure everything is correct before signing. I bet she verifies the totals prior to signing her cards from this point forward.
A total score for a round isn't that big of a deal. Many people make adding errors many times. What matters is that she signed for a par instead of a bogey. I do agree that the USGA need to update various rules but we won't see that for another 4 years.
I agree that adding errors occur. In this case it was her playing partner that made the error, but Caroline failed her "peer review" of the card before signing. Peer review is a must, even if it's your own card that was filled out by a partner.
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A 2 stroke penalty would be a better punishment. In a case like hers, she would still win the title since she had such a huge lead.
I agree with cleveland, 2 stroke penalty for signing an incorrect card. DQ as a punishment doesn't match the crime.
Duke of Hazards says:
that sucks big time
I worked with the juniors at the Oregon Golf Association a couple years ago. Caroline was one of our best golfers, obviously, and the act of 100% reviewing your scorecard and making sure it was totally right was reinforced strongly after every tournament round. It's too bad she forgot about it this time, I bet she never will again.
Bryan K says:
At the very, very, very least, a player should be allowed to correct a mistake such as this. It's ridiculous that she is the one who reported the error getting herself disqualified. Personally, I think every golf tournament should have an official scorer to make stuff like this irrelevant.
How hard can it be to keep an accurate scorecaed ?
About as hard as it is to spell I guess merlin.
@merlin3driver- Were you celebrating my birthday last night too? Drinking and oobing is always a fun activity!
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