Coach Mike Bosco asked two of his golfers to leave a note with a pointer at the tee box on a particular hole for a teammate. The notes said simply not to hit the ball right.
Bosco said the girls on his team do this with regularity but the notes are left with words of encouragement, not anything that could be construed as advice.
What Bosco did not know, was the notes would be determined to be a form of giving advice and would require a two-stroke penalty. The two players were also unaware of this so they did not give themselves the penalty. After the players turned in their scorecards without the penalties, the infraction was brought to Bosco’s attention.
“It’s completely my fault,” Bosco said. “I gave them instruction and they followed.”
The infraction resulted in the disqualification of the two players. Instead of winning 322-341, Spanish Springs was saddled with a 341-363 loss to McQueen.
Frustrated himself, Bosco acknowledged that his players and their parents are going to be upset with the decision to disqualify the two golfers but also acknowledged the moral precedent he was setting.
“Winning and losing wasn’t the important thing,” Bosco said. “Doing the right thing was.”
Katrina Prendergast won medalist honors with a 72, Sam Sorensen shot an 81, Jada McAllister fired an 84, Trae Jones shot an 85, Emma Gilmore was stuck with a 90 after a separate four-stroke penalty and Kirsti Settas finished with 104.
Despite the heartbreaking defeat to fellow girls golf power, Bosco did not believe the outcome will affect the team’s playoff chances.
“We’ll be fine,” Bosco said.
∙Reed did not have any disqualifications but coach Danielle Foeiner was not exactly thrilled with her groups scores.
Foeiner acknowledged Somerset is a tough course and believes it is the reason for the higher-than-usual scores. At Somerset, Foeiner said she simply tells her players to try to beat their score from the year before. All three players did that.
Teams need to field four players to count in the team competition so down a player, the individuals played for Nevada Cup Points instead of a team win.
Holli Smith turned in a 106, Angela Vranken finished with a 112 and Leighton Lee chipped in a 118.
The High Desert League schedule continues next Wednesday at Wild Creek in Sparks with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.