Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The 2012 U.S. Intercollegiate Revisited

            It’s time for another Stanford U.S. Intercollegiate and before the tournament begins tomorrow it will be fun to review the interesting events of last year.

            During the second round a large rain cell came through northern California drenching the Stanford Golf Course and eventually forcing us to halt play for several hours.  We did everything we could to keep play going as long as possible, but eventually it was too much.  I’m hoping this year I won’t have to break out the squeegees, but last year there was no choice.
            It was the first time in my career, and I’m sure it won’t be the last, that I had to invoke Decision 33/1.
            Decision 33/1 permits the Committee to do what is necessary to remove casual water that has accumulated on the putting green.  More importantly it allows the Committee to permit players to do so as well, even on their line of putt so long as it is sanctioned by the Committee.
            At last year’s Intercollegiate, we had to use anyone and everyone to help with squeegees.  I was out there as well as other tournament officials and coaches.  Occasionally we permitted players to squeegee their line of putt as well, because it was necessary.  Eventually, nature won the battle and we suspended play.  There weren’t enough squeegees to go around.  On at least two greens we were using two squeegees just to keep afloat.
            Hopefully, this year we won’t get enough rain to warrant any squeegees, but if they have to come out, Decision 33/1 has us covered. 
            You can follow the 2013 Stanford U.S. Intercollegiate through Gamebook, and the leader board embedded below.

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