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Spirit of the Game

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Spirit of the Game

Postby MikeH » Mon May 11, 2015 1:16 am

Your opinion please ...........Singles match play.
Player A v Player B and in the same group Player C v D.
LR for preferred lies in place - own fairway 1 club length.
Player A's tee shot lies in the rough, he marks and lifts his ball and places within 1 club length. His opponent Player B is on the other side of the fairway and does not observe the breach.
Player C who is stood nearby informs A that placing is limited to own fairway only.
Player A informs C that it is none of his business and it is up to his opponent B to call the breach.
Player A purposely does not inform his opponent B of the breach and should have lost the hole under 9-2b.
Player C quietly mentions the breach to B several holes later.
The matter is then reported to the Committee...how should they rule?
Adjust the holes/match accordingly [which would result in a halve] or IMO DQ player A under R33-7 for a serious breach of etiquette? i.e. the Spirit of the Game [often referred to as cheating]
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Re: Spirit of the Game

Postby RJM » Mon May 11, 2015 2:44 am

Based on Decisions 9-2/8, 9-2/9 and 9-2/12, imo, the player should be DQ'd.
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Re: Spirit of the Game

Postby Colin L » Mon May 11, 2015 9:56 am

Without hesitation, a DQ. It's the only appropriate response to cheating.
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Re: Spirit of the Game

Postby MikeH » Tue May 12, 2015 2:18 am

Thank you gents, I concur.
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Re: Spirit of the Game

Postby Colin L » Tue May 12, 2015 6:22 am

Just to add to that. If this was a members' club like mine, I would additionally look for a follow-up in terms of club discipline.
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Re: Spirit of the Game

Postby MikeH » Tue May 12, 2015 7:12 pm

It was a member from another club and the matches were part of an inter-club competition but you make a very valid point Colin, I may pursue this further.
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