RULE: Ahh - I was disqualified

It was my fault as the marker, but the rules see it as Terry's blue as he signed for this incorrect card.

Have a look at this card which I completed for Terry as his marker. Yes, he did have 19 points on the front nine - all correct so he signed. We both had one point on hole #2, so the points allocated were correct, and tallied correctly for the first nine. But I was careless (some would say doddery) as I had  reversed the stroke scores (highlighted in red.) Terry had 5-1, and I had 4-1.

A small error you say. But the rules see it differently. Rule 6 tells us that the competitor (you) is responsible for the correctness of the score recorded for each hole on his/her score card (Rule 6-6b). Now that scores are entered hole-by-hole on the computer, errors on the card are more easily picked up. Because Terry's card showed 4-1 on #2, the computer flagged it as incorrect. It could have been 4-2, or maybe 5-1. A check of my score card showed that Terry actually had 5-1. Because he signed for a stroke score of 4, LESS than he actually had, he was disqualified under Rule 6-6d.

Conversely, if I had recorded 4-1, and he did have a four, the computer would have corrected his stableford scores, given him 4-2, increasing his first nine points to 20!

Also, if Terry had actually had a 4-2, and I wrote in a 5-2 (total points still 19), the computer would have adjusted his scores to 5-1, total 0nly 18. Because I recorded a score HIGHER than he actually had, that is punishment enough - no disqualification! 

The message (for me anyway) is to check both the stableford points AND the stroke score written down. I guess if we had added both the stableford and the stroke scores, as a check, I may have picked up my error.

PS - Terry and I are still friends. I concentrate a bit more when recording our scores!!! 

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