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Interesting rules violation@ local Uskids tournament


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#61 2bGood

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 10:00 AM

 kekoa, on 22 May 2017 - 12:16 AM, said:

Sorry to dwell on the rules infraction, but I still dont think that accidentally riding in a cart during a hole is worthy of two strokes.  It also stings more given that a 'friend' so willingly called us out.

The thing about golf is there are lots of big penalties for little infractions : brush a  grain of sand in the hazard, be OB by 1/4 inch, cause the ball to move an 1/8", ride in a cart etc. It is part of the game and you either respect the rules or you don't. I will still say the friend did you a favour by letting you and others know about the infraction as it would have been terrible to win unjustly and then have this hanging over your son and you.

 kekoa, on 22 May 2017 - 12:16 AM, said:


I guess it's water under the bridge since my son was able to fire a 31 (-5) today to capture the tour championship by half a point.  He shot the same score as a 6 year old, but this is his best in the 7's.

Congratulations! Looks like a happy guy and you must be a proud pop.


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Posted 23 May 2017 - 04:07 AM

Two girls at NCAA finals received two stroke penalties for riding in a golf cart to the bathroom.

https://www.google.c...room?source=dam

If it's a rule, then it's a rule whether you agree with it or not.

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 10:46 AM

 RedWolfWay, on 11 May 2017 - 10:05 AM, said:

Rules are rules. That said, pretty poor that a "friend" in competition calls this to attention after he has been defeated by a shot to result in a win for him. Sour taste there...
Absolutely not.  The player pointed it out when it happened and shame on the person who committed the infraction for not bringing it up themselves at the scorers table.

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 05:11 PM

Part of the allure for many parents to get their kids into golf is the fact that the kids are taught to follow the rules and call penalties on themselves; to treat others with respect and to be good sports. Its how we teach our children to have integrity and how to be good people.

If we say that an infraction (no matter how small) is no big deal in front of our children, we are showing them that its okay to break some of the rules when we see fit. I'm sure that's not what the OP really wants.

It doesn't matter if an infraction is an accident or blatant disregard, its still an infraction. If we don't enforce all the rules then why enforce any? Why should some get to pick and choose and others are held strictly accountable?

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 05:55 PM

 Hot Rod 71, on 23 May 2017 - 05:11 PM, said:

Part of the allure for many parents to get their kids into golf is the fact that the kids are taught to follow the rules and call penalties on themselves; to treat others with respect and to be good sports. Its how we teach our children to have integrity and how to be good people.

If we say that an infraction (no matter how small) is no big deal in front of our children, we are showing them that its okay to break some of the rules when we see fit. I'm sure that's not what the OP really wants.

It doesn't matter if an infraction is an accident or blatant disregard, its still an infraction. If we don't enforce all the rules then why enforce any? Why should some get to pick and choose and others are held strictly accountable?

Children learn far more from what we show them (what they see us do) than what we tell them.
100% spot on!


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Posted Yesterday, 01:16 AM

Hi Golfer Dad,  

It is great that you are supporting your son through the USkids organization.  You and he will have many opportunities for deep and thorough personal relationship that can be found in no other sport.  My son is now 12 and we have been through many junior golf tournaments, including USkids.  

The error was your error.  As a caddy in USkids one of your main jobs is to learn the rules.  He has to learn to hit the ball.  You need to learn the rules.  Your second main job is nutritionist.  Especially when he graduates to become an 18 holer you need to teach him how to properly hydrate, eat proper snacks, put on sun block, wear proper clothes, and other things that seem superficial.  But when you play in tournaments and when you play 18 holes these things become very important.

When you became livid you really screwed up.  You should be mature and help your son realize that you have to take your licks when you make a mistake.  You move on to the next hole and the next tournament. Another example is hitting out of deep rough.  Sometimes you just need to advise your son to wedge it back to the fairway and accept the loss of a stroke.  

At age 7 winning the tournament should not be a concern.  Your hope should be for a good attitude and a pre shot routine.  The score will take care of itself.  At this age we need to focus on character development and learning to play by the rules.  In that manner we preserve the integrity of the game and the integrity of the players.  That is what really counts and what is really important.

When your son is in his teens, that is the time to become more competitive.  At age 7 he needs to make friends with other fellows who play the game well. You need to make friends with the other Dads and Moms in order to develop a circle of friendship which will greatly benefit you and your son.

Keep up the good work.  There is a fine book with the title:  Caddy Daddy on the Bag, by Rick Heard.  He is a junior golf coach in Florida and a really great guy.

Edited by busapp, Yesterday, 01:22 AM.


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