Please link me on the spectator rule. If it's there then the entire field last week needs to be DQ'd or assessed penalties.
Spectator Policy: If spectator carts are permitted, the above Cart Policy must be followed. Cell phones, headphones, pagers, and the like may not be used during play. All walking spectators should stay on or near the cart path at all times. Spectators are not allowed on the greens or in the fairway. Please stay behind the group being followed and do not go ahead to spot shots in advance of play. First offense: warning, Second offense: removal from the golf course.
I think staying behind the group is stupid. That is not how you spectate golf.
Ok, but its not a penalty on the player and the rule actually has to be enforced to get the warning and subsequent removal from the course. 'Most' spectators know you can't be on the green, but I've seen parents and grandparents literally stand on the fringe to watch their child play.
our local has a penalty rule with this. Pretty sure the bigger ones does as well.
Which tour do you play in and how many kids normally play? Most socal local tournaments have over 100 players and the states/regionals have even more. I'm interested to see how they monitor this because it wasn't monitored at all during a recent state tournament.