A ruling clarification is needed.
1st what would you do? and what would be the ruling.
Scenario: club championship, must play the ball down and ball must be holed, no gimmys. These 2 rules were specifically outlined in bold writing and instructed on the first tee for each days play. Everything is on the up and up for this tourney, we each have each others score cards to record scores.
Foursome in the group all close friends: Player A putts the ball from 20 feet but it comes up short for what appears to be 3-5 inch tap in for a Bogie 5.
Instead he pulls the ball back from the hole like its a gimmy 2 feet with the back side of his putter ( you know the move .
When players B, C, and D gasp and say whoa, player A then reverses the motion & pushes the ball while the ball was moving in attempt to put it back. He knows he did something wrong and prcedes to flip the ball up and put it in his pocket.
Shocked we walk to the next tee. Player A on the tee asks what are you guys giving me? Player B is Im not sure, I found the question strange he should be giving us his score not the otherway around. Player C says 7 and player D says 5.
Through out the round we struggled with this, he didn't hole out number 1 and number 2 those so called strokes pulls and pushes were illegal. and one of the strokes **** were with moving ball. it had not come to rest.
Player A was in a different cart and was very much in contention to win our flight, as friends we agonized over this throughout the round, we wish to keep the spirit of the tourney in place. We finally decided to not sign the card and privately bring it to the tournament head pro for a ruling. Ahead of final count and card signing by our group. The head pro questioned if he holed out? no Did he tee off on the next hole? Yes Did he make any attempt to request rules clarification? No....He promptly Disqualified him without batting an eye. Player A would have won the flight with anything 8 or less on that hole. Player C eventually won gross and was prepared to protest any score and lack or holing out
Player A is a good friend, you will be playing with him a lot. Would you do anything different?