October 6, 2014
As I sit here on my flight from Toronto to Vancouver I’m reflecting on my experience at this past week’s Canadian Junior Girls Championship, held at Camelot G&CC in Ottawa. The quality of play and respect that these young women have for the game was evident. They should all be extremely proud of how they handled themselves under some very tough conditions.
Of concern for me though, was either the lack of knowledge, incorrect knowledge, or the lack of confidence in the application of commonplace rules that was displayed by more than a few players. I’m not talking about complex rules situations either, but situations that players will encounter on an almost round-by-round basis. Now before I get accused of picking on girls, I’ll say that this “inability” is both genderless and ageless. And while the R&A and USGA are set to launch the “great revision” in just over a year’s time, I puzzle over whether or not we’ll still end up in the same boat after all is said and done.
There seems to be an over-dependence on Rules Officials, and a lack of confidence in general that’s developed in recent years on the professional tours, and that has…
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