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In a recent 2 person scramble, my partner hit her tee shot onto the green qualifying it for closest to the pin.  My shot was on the fringe, which disqualified it for the closest to the pin in accordance with the local rule.  It was however the better shot being pin high and on the same level as the pin with little break, while my partner's shot on the green was similar distance but on a lower level with break.  Is my partner entitled to mark her ball in the closest to the pin competition if we choose not to play it?

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The answer should lie in the rules of your nearest the pin competition.  If the matter's not covered by them, there is no definitive answer to your question.  Even if it is, no-one here can give you the answer without knowing the rule.   It can only be yes or no, however, and knowing this forum,  I expect there will be plenty of opinions as to which  it should  be.. 🙂

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I’ve played in many scramble tournaments and none have ever had a rule requiring the team to use the put that is closest to the hole.  My answer is your partner’s shot can be used for the closest to the pin contest even if you used your put.  In the unlikely event the tournament actually had a rule that said the team had to use the put in order for it to qualify for the closest to the pin contest, then you would have to use your partner’s ball.

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At every scramble I've played in "Closest" is a separate event/comp - nothing to do with the scramble team score.

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