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The GrunkleGuru

Grunkle is a slang term for the thick rough on a golf course that I have been using for many years. Given my penchant for inaccurate tee balls, I have become a bit of a guru out of the thick stuff, hence the name. This is a site for my random thoughts about sports (espeically golf) and life in general. While nothing special, it will hopefully offer a break from the daily drudgery for both you and me.

November 16, 2005

Rule of the Week - I made a 6, no wait it was a 5...Or Was It?

This week we find our hero, Grunkle Guru in a tight match against another quality opponent. The match is all square on the 18th hole and both players are on the green.

Being away, the Guru hits a putt that stops a couple of inches short of the hole.

“What is that for?” his opponent asks.

“This is for 6.” The guru relplies and his opponent concedes the putt.

Lying five, the Guru’s opponent drains his putt for a six, and what he thinks is a halve of the hole.

At that point the Guru realizes that his math was wrong and he actually made a five, not a six. This naturally sends the Guru’s opponent into a fit of rage claiming that the score stated was the score earned since it was higher then the actual score. After nearly coming to blows over this issue and holding up the group behind them, they decide to go to the committee for a ruling.

The committee agreed with the Guru. Why?

Regardless of what was said, the actual score was a five, and since no scorecards had been signed, or another shot hit, the mistake can be corrected without penalty.

For more information on the rules of golf go check out the USGA website.


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