The hand­i­cap ban­dit made my blood boil

Today's Golfer (UK) - - First Tee -

It’s not of­ten that I feel the urge to write to a mag­a­zine but the golf ban­dit ar­ti­cle (Issue 362) left me no choice. Our game is built on sports­man­ship and hon­esty. It’s a game where the hand­i­cap sys­tem al­lows us to play com­pet­i­tively against each other in a fair for­mat. This is un­ri­valled in any other sport. I could play Rory at my lo­cal course and yes, there may be a 30+ shot dif­fer­ence, but the hand­i­cap sys­tem al­lows for the con­test to be fair, de­spite our vastly dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties. To hear of an in­di­vid­ual who is proud to be abus­ing the sys­tem sick­ens me.

Last year, I won my club’s hand­i­cap cham­pi­onship play­ing off 28. I re­ceived plenty of con­grat­u­la­tions from my fel­low mem­bers, but not one ac­cused me of be­ing a ban­dit as I had re­turned nu­mer­ous 100+ gross scores for comps. Ev­ery­one ac­cepted it was just my day and my hand­i­cap was ad­justed ac­cord­ingly.

I am sure nearly every player has un­in­ten­tion­ally bro­ken the odd rule, but to know that you are cheat­ing from the first tee is beyond re­proach. I do not want to wish ill on a fel­low golfer, but I do hope the ban­dit gets caught and banned. TIM WEY­MOUTH, EMAIL

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