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Symetra Tour player hit with baffling two-stroke penalty

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While the majority of infractions this year in women’s golf have been down to slow play, over the weekend, Sharmila Nicollet suffered what is likely to be the most uncommon of penalties seen all year.

Nicollet was competing at the Prasco Charity Championship, a Symetra Tour event in the U.S, and was hit with the penalty when her caddie needed to go to the bathroom.

Per Nicollet, the 30-year-old received the two-stroke penalty because her caddy used the cart to go to the restroom, and it’s a penalty that has left golf fans stunned.

The penalty comes under local rule Local Rule G-6, which states: “During a round, a player or caddie must not ride on any form of motorized transportation except as authorized or later approved by the Committee.”

“Golf needs to calm TF down,” wrote one fan on social media, while another added, “Golf needs to take a serious look into some of the rules, which are ridiculous.”

As for those fans mistakenly assuming that Nicollet’s caddie was male, her caddie during the event Nicole Gerome took to social media to correct those fans.

Nicollet went on to finish the event T55.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

18 Comments

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  1. M Wiggins

    Jul 23, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Next time just find a tour official, squat down and urinate on their shoes.

  2. geohogan

    Jul 20, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Those tour bags will hold a , portable , pop up privacy tent, with matching toilet.
    Every caddie should carry one for the next tournament and use them often, to make a statement.

  3. Ffs

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Cart riders need to quit golf and leave real golfers like us, alone, and GTFO of commenting saying that the rules are stupid. YOU are stupid. Go play some other sport FFS

    • yawn

      Jul 17, 2021 at 6:58 pm

      It’s not even bait

    • makaveli

      Jul 22, 2021 at 4:31 pm

      You probably haven’t slept a wink since they eased up on the rules over the last few years. As for the caddie taking a cart to the hot house, it speeds up play and its not like carts are some kind of anomaly at a golf course. I would take more umbrage that the player and caddie both spelled caddie wrong, lol.

    • M Wiggins

      Jul 23, 2021 at 12:39 pm

      Semi-finalist in the 2021 Least Convincing Troll Contest.

  4. Jack

    Jul 3, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    caddie is a crude loser, 2 more stroke penalty

  5. gwelfgulfer

    Jun 30, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Say it ain’t so, golf has stupid rules…

  6. Tinkle

    Jun 30, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    If a caddy used a cart, that means the tournament had a cart available for use.

    Who’s to blame then?

  7. Super Dumb League

    Jun 30, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    So, they want to crack down on slow play, and then they punish a player for something like this? Mixed message? Cognitive dissonance? When the Rules don’t make sense, it’s time to change them.

  8. chip75

    Jun 29, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    I’m not sure social media is the best judge of the rules of golf, they get apoplectic whenever a two-stroke penalty is handed down no matter the rule. Yes, it was a tough ruling (as we often see carts used during playoffs and when players’ need to re-hit), but I’m sure it was written down. It could have been waived too, I doubt the field gained an advantage when their caddy needed to go …

  9. smw

    Jun 29, 2021 at 10:37 am

    so just whip it out and on course next time

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Lamborghini set to build golf carts with solar panels

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One of the most iconic high-performance car brands has officially entered the golf cart business. That’s right, Lamborghini is partnering with Kinetic Green Energy, an Indian electric-vehicle manufacturer.

Kinetic Green CEO Sulajja Firodia Motwani told Bloomberg Television that their new venture would create “beautifully differentiated golf carts,” which will also feature solar panels.

It is not a surprise to see luxury car brands enter this space, as golf carts are reportedly a $3 billion market.

The Lamborghini-Kinetic Green golf cart collaboration has yet to attach an official name to their partnership. Distribution is set to begin in 2020, and the golf carts are expected to be sold at airports, hotels and resorts.

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LPGA pros react with ambivalence to USGA’s new driver-length rule

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The USGA announced earlier this week that they would be implementing a local rule that limits the driver shaft to 46 inches. While Phil Mickelson was among some of those who were in outrage with new stipulation, LPGA tour pros were far more ambivalent.

The Korda sisters commented on the controversial issue during their press conference for the Aramco Team Series. “No drama,” Jessica stated. “It doesn’t affect us,” Nelly added. This appears to be a common response in the women’s game, which caters to a more finesse and strategic style of play, as opposed to the “bomb and gauge” approach that many PGA Tour pros have employed.

“I would only see something like that as a problem if 90 percent of the field played with something like that. I don’t really see it as a big point. You can do way more with other things– limiting driver heads or balls, stuff like that. I don’t think this rule will change much, especially in the women’s game,” said Anne van Dam, who also happens to rank first on the LPGA Tour in driving distance.

Sophia Popov seemed to sum up the LPGA’s common sentiment best, “I don’t care, because I don’t have a drier that’s longer than 46 inches. I know I heard some criticism on the men’s side, but for us, the shorter the driver is, the harder you can hit it. I don’t think it’s that big a deal… It’s something I just watch from afar and watch on Twitter and laugh about.”

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Introvert vs Extrovert – Study shows what brand golfers buy based on personality type

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A recent study conducted by Stephen Smith, chief psychologist at the UK-based Sports Psychology Ltd (SPL), sought to determine the brand preference of golfers based on them having either an extrovert or introvert personality.

As reported by FirstCallGolf’s Ken Klavon, Smith, who has worked as a psychologist to professional athletes in golf, Formula One, rugby, and football, posted a short questionnaire with questions on golf equipment preferences focused on around 15 brands, followed by a level of personality questions. 

The study focused on three main character identification questions for the personality section: Introvert versus Extrovert, Pragmatic versus Visionary, and Logical versus Idealist.

After receiving “hundreds upon hundreds” of responses, the data, matched up with their favored golf equipment, showed the following results:

Introverts

Ping was the preferred brand of 40% of those who were identified as introverts, while Titleist was next up for introverts, with 18% of those naming the brand as their favorite.

Extroverts

Callaway and TaylorMade were brands that 40% of those identified as extroverts chose as their favourites.

Smith’s data also concluded that “60 percent of golfers are sensory pragmatics who will be driven by the look, feel and sound of any equipment” and that golfers are by and large a group of consumers driven by a futuristic vision.

Amongst his takeaways, Smith said:

“This study shows that golf needs to be much more sophisticated in its understanding of the customers it is connecting with, and in the way it communicates to build that connection.

How do you get personalities to react to something, particularly a piece of equipment? No doubt the 2020s may be the decade when the psychology of design will be as important as the engineering that underpins it.”

Find out more about the study here.

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