A frus­trat­ing in­ci­dent

Golf Monthly - - Your View -

As an avid golfer, I have al­ways ad­hered to the rules, which are fun­da­men­tal and, in gen­eral, very fair. How­ever, I was re­cently dis­qual­i­fied from a com­pe­ti­tion at my lo­cal club as I had not en­tered the score into the com­puter. I had, how­ever, re­turned the card fully signed and cor­rect.

While I un­der­stand the club im­ple­mented this as a lo­cal rule, why is the score­card not seen as the de­cid­ing fac­tor once signed and com­pleted cor­rectly? If clubs are now re­ly­ing solely on com­put­ers to record scores, surely this would leave the door open for dis­hon­est prac­tices in terms of score re­turn and hand­i­cap ma­nip­u­la­tion?

The com­puter, I be­lieve, should only be used as a sec­ondary out­let and not as an ex­cuse to dis­re­gard gen­uine scores sim­ply for con­ve­nience. I ap­pre­ci­ate that peo­ple give up their time to vol­un­teer on club com­mit­tees, but mem­bers pay an ex­pen­sive an­nual mem­ber­ship. If rules like these con­tinue to ex­ist, golf clubs will find it dif­fi­cult to at­tract new mem­bers in a game that is al­ready fac­ing dwin­dling par­tic­i­pa­tion num­bers.

I have never cheated, or even con­sid­ered cheat­ing, but when I’m de­nied a prize based on an in­no­cent er­ror it makes me ques­tion who the rules re­ally ben­e­fit. Eoin Mur­phy, via email How you use your range time is sub­jec­tive Nick Faldo to an al­ready im­pres­sive team was a mas­ter­stroke.

And what a plea­sure to see golfers smil­ing. The likes of ‘Beef’ and Danny Wil­lett ac­tu­ally looked as if they en­joyed it, both good and bad. Mr Edi­tor, you were right and I was wrong. Stan­ley Cartwright, via email

Sky’s cov­er­age of the Open was much praised

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