Parents and Spectators - KEEP YOUR DISTANCE!
Jul 15, 2011
We welcome the support of parents and family members who bring the kids out to events. Without their support, obviously it would be difficult for players to get to the tournaments. However, there are good reasons we have a policy that parents and spectators stay 30 yards away from the competitors AT ALL TIMES. Assistance in searching for lost golf balls is acceptable, but we ask that there be no conversations with any of the competitors during the rounds. In Carstairs this week, parental interference led to the disqualification of a player, when a perhaps well meaning, but obviously ill-formed parent told a player ( not his son but one of the other players in the group) that it was acceptable for him to drop a ball in play rather than return to the tee and put another ball in play after the players were unable to find the competitor's golf ball. I know that many of these youngsters are not yet fully knowledgeable about the Rules of Golf, but this is supposed to be a learning experience for them. It is the responsibility of all players in any tournament at any level to know the Rules. If they make a mistake on their own during a round, and end up suffering the consequences, so be it. They will learn from that and grow. But having parents and spectators interfering, no matter how good their intentions, is unacceptable. So, when we come up to you at events and ask you to stay back and let the kids play without distractions or interference, this is why.