Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Ask Linda #979-Player agrees to wrong match score
In a recent club championship match play competition we had a situation which I hope you can resolve.
Player A was recording the score of his match against player B. On conclusion of 18 holes, player A declared the match was all square and player B agreed (although he was not actually keeping a scorecard). The players proceeded directly to the 19th hole without notifying the committee. On the first additional hole, player B won the hole and the players reported to committee that player B was the winner, 1-up after 19 holes.
The committee then checked the scorecard that had been submitted by player A and discovered that in fact player A had won the match after 18 holes and had mistakenly declared that they were all square. There was therefore no need for a playoff.
Does player A win the match in view of the fact that he was 1 up after 18 holes and therefore negating the 19th hole, or does the victory of player B on the 19th hole stand due to the fact that both players accepted they were all square after 18 holes?
Your assistance in this matter is appreciated,
Lou from Bermuda
Player B is the winner of the match.
The two players agreed that the match was all square after 18 holes. If Player A wanted to dispute the status of the match, he would have to file a claim before either player teed off on the 19th hole. Since he did not, he lost the match when he lost the 19th hole [Decision 2-5/6].
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