Quitters

Sounds harsh doesn't it?

Some of the regular e-mails we get are about players who quit in the middle of a tournament because they had a bad round or started a round poorly. They are afflicted with what has come to be known as the "bogey flu". People often ask us how we account for that.

The answer is, we don't

There are many reasons why. The first reason is that statistically it is a very small number of players. With more than 75,000 junior golfers playing some event each year, even 1% or 750 would be more than we believe actually "quit" regularly. As a result, designing a system to account for those few people would be virtually impossible.

Then there are those who do not finish the event for very legitimate reasons such as illness. Our experience is that we have seen far more players tough it out with a fever when they should not be playing than I have seen faking it. "Hats off" to those juniors and should they decide not to play, how could we penalize those individuals? That certainly would not be fair.

Finally, college coaches are watching and talk extensively amongst themselves to get a feel of what that player is like as a person. Trust us, they know what's going on and the last thing a junior wants to be know by is the "Q" word.

In the end this is a game of honesty, integrity, and discipline and it's the parents who are at fault when a player doesn't turn in a score. Junior players too need to be "of character" and not let themselves be in a club with members no one wants to be around. Think about it.


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