CARROLL - A misinterpretation of a rather simple rule ultimately cost the Webster City boys' golf team the tournament championship at Saturday's Carroll Kuemper Invitational.
Lynx head coach Dave Brighton was still steaming about the controversy more than 24 hours after it occurred.
Sixth-ranked (Class 3A) WCHS thought it had posted a 309 to top Atlantic (314) by five shots atop the standings, but a scoring discrepancy led to a disqualification for Logan Yates and his 78 was thrown out.
The Lynx ultimately were forced to count an 87 by John Ferrell and that dropped their team total to 318 for a second-place finish.
No. 2 (2A) Fort Dodge St. Edmond also shot a 318, but finished behind WCHS on the fifth score.
But should Yates have been disqualified? The explanation given to Brighton and a look at the rulebook says the answer should have been no.
CARROLL KUEMPER INVITE
Saturday at Carroll Country Club
1. Atlantic 314; 2. Webster City 318; 3. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 318; 4. Harlan 320; 5. Spencer 330; 6. Denison-Schleswig 330; 7. Shenandoah 331; 8. Carroll Kuemper 334; 9. Prairie Valley 338; 10. Carroll 339; 11. Storm Lake 349; 12. MOC-Floyd Valley 395; 13. Ankeny Christian 528.
Individual Top 10
1. Ross Martens (Har) 70; 2. Evan Schuler (Atl) 71; 3. Eddie Doyle (SE) 72; 4. Jackson Baker (Shen) 73; 5. Avery Fuhs (WC) 74; 6. Hunter Williams (D-S) 76; 7. Alec Fuhs (WC) 76; 8. Zach Riddle (Carr) 77; 9. Mitchell Ludwig (CK) 77; 10. Casey Cunningham (Sp) 78.
Other Webster City Scores
Sean Vogelbacher 81, John Ferrell 87, Drew Fielder 88, Logan Yates DQ.
"It was a really disappointing ending to what we thought would be a really good day," Brighton said. "When Logan got disqualified, it was just very frustrating for us all."
The issue crept up because of Yates' recorded score on the par-5 fifth hole. Tournament officials were unable to read the rain-soaked card that was kept by Ankeny Christian's Dave McGee - Yates' playing partner.
Officials called Yates to the scoring table to ask about the card. Brighton said they were unable to determine if the score was a 3 or 5; Yates informed them it was a 5.
However, officials also called McGee to the table where Brighton says he informed officials it should have been a 4. Yates disagreed with McGee's recollection.
"Logan told them it was a 5, point blank," Brighton said. "I'm not sure why they took the Ankeny Christian kid's word."
Brighton said officials decided to go with McGee's recollection and therefore disqualified Yates for signing an incorrect scorecard.
USGA rule 6-6d clearly says the disqualification was a mistake because Yates recorded score of 5 was higher than what officials determined should have been a 4.
"The competitor is responsible for the correctness of the score recorded for each hole on his score card," rule 6-6d states. "If he returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken, he is disqualified. If he returns a score for any hole higher than actually taken, the score as returned stands."
Regardless of the official results, Brighton says his team knows what it can shoot as the Lynx get set to host the North Central Conference tournament at 10 a.m. today at Briggs Woods Golf Course.
"We know we can play well and we know we can shoot a low score," he said. "If we just play like we've been playing, we'll be pretty good."
Avery Fuhs led WCHS with a 74 at the par-71 layout, which was good enough to finish fifth on the individual leaderboard. He was 3-under when players were called off the course for a 45-minute rain delay.
"We really didn't play very well after that rain delay," Brighton said. "The delay hurt us because we were playing lights out early on."
Alec Fuhs' 76 placed him sixth. Sean Vogelbacher also contributed to the team total with an 81.
Harlen's Ross Martens posted a 1-under 70 to take the individual crown. Atlantic's Evan Schuler (71) was a shot back in second.