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Pin position causes absolute carnage at high school state championship

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Us hardened golf viewers love to see the players struggle.

At both the Charles Schwab and Dutch Open over the weekend, players couldn’t get near the ‘level-fours’ (16-under) that is considered a ‘fair course’, and, of course, nothing is better than seeing a slog through 18 holes when they arrive at locations such as Bethpage Black’s Black course, Shinnecock Hills, or wet and windy Carnoustie.

But hard doesn’t mean unfair, something that could be used to describe last Friday’s round at the Girls 3A State Golf Tournament held at the River Valley Golf Course.

So unfair was the pin placement on the final green, it created a rumpus on social media with many of the bigger names in golf commenting that it was ‘ridiculous’.

The course guide does warn players that the last is, “probably one of the most notorious holes on the golf course! The green rises almost 100 feet above the tee box. The finishing hole is straight away up hill. Try to keep your ball in the fairway as this will help get it up to the green. When making your club choice, remember to factor in the hill. Try to keep your ball below the hole when hitting in to this three tiered green that slopes severely from back to front. Anything too short or too long will be a very tough up and down. Par is a great score on this hole! Good luck!”

Par seemed a long way from reality though as players all struggled to get anywhere near the hole from whatever distance, with one putting from three or four feet and watching her putt go sliding down the hill, eventually stopping many yards away.

One viewer tweeted, “I apologize, just watched the full video and the result of her second putt is egregious. Comes up 2 feet short and the putt rolls off the green. Went from 20 feet to 22 feet to 15 yards. This is ridiculous.”

Multimedia journalist Jake Brend confirmed that the average score for the hole was a quadruple bogey, calling it ‘the most unfair pin placement I have ever seen’ before acknowledging that, “It should be known that’s it’s been confirmed that it WASN’T the @IGHSAU (Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union) who chose the pin location.”

Sky golf commentator Tony Johnston summed up the general feeling, “How do idiots like this even get to be in a position of authority?”

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  1. Snowflake

    Jun 3, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Go play lacrosse

  2. Skeet Blastenyall

    Jun 2, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Thats exactly how putters get tomahawked on a green and buried up to the first step on the shaft. The course superintendents beatings will continue until conditions improve.

  3. Michael McDonald

    Jun 2, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    I have played there many times. It showed the balls that rolled off the green and some longer grass on the hill. That hill is about 40 feet straight up. The whole damn hole is carnage.
    It would be a difficult rebuild and costly. Sad way to end a round tournament or not.

  4. ChipNRun

    Jun 1, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Shades of the local amateur Senior Championship in 2020. COVID was rampant, and we only had half the field of a normal year. It was a Sat-Sun event in early October.

    Because of our small Senior field, course managers decided to slot us right in front of a large corporate scramble. And, to save time, they set up the “funhouse” scramble pins for all to play – including us in the medal-play championship.

    Due to the goofy pins and high winds, our foursome combined for five 4-PUTTS.

    Solution: This year’s event will be help Mon-Tues, so hopefully we will get a sane mix of pins. (I had skipped last year’s event.)

    In a one-day event a few years back, a scramble also was coming later in the day. One hole ended up with a bizarre pin cut at edge of swale. Several groups all ended up with three putts, so organizers let us replay No. 1 hole and slot that as our score for the funhouse hole. (One guy who chipped in from off the green for a birdie got to keep his score.)

  5. G. Scott Scribner

    Jun 1, 2022 at 11:30 am

    There is a solution to this but no one knows it. Run up there and hit the ball while it’s still moving and take the penalty! A three putt because of a penalty is much better than a 5 or 6 putt!

    • Rob

      Jun 1, 2022 at 6:03 pm

      Unintentionally hitting a moving ball is a penalty, intentionally hitting a moving ball is disqualification.

  6. Benny

    May 30, 2022 at 8:12 am

    Wow watching that video is just awful. These poor girls. While I know everyone has to play the hole. This inspires zero confidence in helping these young girls.

    Looks like either the green needs a new design or slower greens. Really shouldn’t be that fast if its that steep

    Come on people.

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The hilarious reason why Kevin Kisner asked to sit the afternoon at the 2017 Presidents Cup

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Golf is changing, as always.

While the best of the team events – the Ryder and Presidents Cup – give rookies the chance to shine, both events often rely on the experienced players to steady the ship through the early stages.

This week’s Presidents Cup is the 12th run-out of the U.S v International match-up, and the first since 2019.

The 2021 event was, of course, cancelled because of Covid and the teams look very different to how they may have looked a year ago, mainly because of the ineligibility of any players that have chosen the LIV path for their recent careers.

Played at Quail Hollow this season, the teams are a mix of the plainly obvious and those with zero experience, with 14 of the 24 players making their debuts in the event, including world number one Scottie Scheffler and Max Homa, winner of the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s often best to turn to the older members for the stories, and 38-year-old Kevin Kisner has never been short of a tale or two.

With an enviable record at the World Matchplay – one win and two finals appearances in six starts – Kiz appears the type to thrive at all aspects of the team challenge. However, back on his 2017 Presidents Cup debut, he wanted to be left off the roster for day three.

His event started brightly for the rookie, when playing alongside Phil Mickelson, a Thursday half in the foursomes followed by a win in the following day’s fourballs.

Day three again started well for the pairing, beating Jhonattan Vegas and Emiliano Grillo 2&1 and taking their record to 2-1-0, before that strange request.

Golf writer Brentley Romine posted a tweet on Thursday revealing that Kisner approached the then U.S captain Steve Stricker and asked for Saturday afternoon off, because:

“Because Georgia played Tennessee. Strick is like. ‘Seriously?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, man, that’s my squad.'”

This is not the first time that golf took a back-seat to a Bulldog game.

In the same year, while competing at the Tour Championship, Kisner took to social media to arrange a flight to a Georgia-Mississippi game, eventually finishing tied third at the lucrative season finale.

The mid-event break clearly does him good as he also profited at Liberty National, halving his Sunday singles game with Anirban Lahiri and keeping intact an undefeated record as his team thrashed the Internationals 19-11.

Kisner didn’t take part in the opening day of this year’s Presidents Cup and there is no knowing whether he will play when Davis Love requires him to. Better check the football schedule first.

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‘It’s a slap in the face’ – Patrick Reed hits out at DP World Tour over treatment at latest events

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This week, Patrick Reed is playing in the Cazoo Open De France at Le Golf National. The course is where the 2018 Ryder Cup was held. The European Team won the trophy, and Reed was only able to muster one point in three matches.

This week however, Patrick Reed was the betting favorite entering play. Despite being somewhat of a regular on the DP World Tour, Reed feels as though the treatment he’s received this week has been “a slap in the face”.

Reed is by far the biggest name in the field, but wasn’t asked to play in the pro-am or conduct a pre-tournament press conference. Of course, this treatment is a result of the 33 year old’s decision to join LIV Golf.

According to The Telegraph, Reed told Journal du Golf: “It’s a slap in the face not to invite me to do a press conference here, or as happened in Wentworth, not to have me play the pro-am and all those things. At the end of the day, it’s just my golf that I have control over. I’m here to support the Tour, France and all the people who are here.”

“But I don’t see why we can’t move from the LIV to the European Tour like we usually move from the PGA Tour to the European Tour. A lot of players understand and support my choice and have nothing against me. I didn’t feel any animosity against me from them.”

While there have been some players who have publicly stated they have no issues with the players who’ve chosen to go to LIV, there have also been a number of players who have done the opposite.

LIV golfers are currently able to participate on the DP World Tour due to a temporary court order until it is resolved legally. A decision on their eligibility going forward is expected to be given in February.

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Congress members blast ‘pimp’ Greg Norman in meeting at Capitol Hill

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On Wednesday, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman met with members of congress to discuss LIV’s current dispute with the PGA TOUR.

It didn’t go very well.

According to multiple sources, Republican Tim Burchett of Tennessee walked out of the meeting due to an inability to understand Norman due to his accent as well as the “propaganda” he felt Norman was sharing.

Burchett later sent a tweet himself about the meeting with “The Shark”.

Burchett wasn’t the only member of congress to give Norman a hard time.. Chip Roy of Texas said to reporters of the meeting: “Don’t come in here and act like you’re doing some great thing, while you’re pimping a billion dollars of Saudi Arabian money,”

It’s unclear whether or not any of the lawmakers gave Norman the reception he was looking for, but he did later thank them for meeting with him via an Instagram post.

 

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