Originally Posted by DSproAVIAR
Unrelated to previous question-
Say I'm supposed to start the 2nd round of a tournament on #3. All groups are 3somes. I get there and only 1 other player in my group is there. 2 minute horn goes off, then the tee off horn goes off and the 3rd player never shows.
I thought that at this point, we are supposed to wait on the tee with the other player until the next 2 groups pass, and one of us joins up with each group to make 4somes.
I can't find anything about this in the rules or the comp manual.
What is the official procedure here?
I'm not Chuck. The competition manual prohibits groups less than three. It does not provide a procedure for reorganizing groups. Waiting for the next two groups to show up might not be the best strategy if, for example, there are only 40 players in your pool and you know there are seven open holes behind you.
Another interesting question this raises is how to determine the number of holes the late player has missed if you and the other guy join different groups. Suppose you're on hole 4 and 4 tee happens to be near 8 and 13 tee. So when he does not show one of you goes to 8 and the other goes to 14. He is five minutes late so he goes to 5 and then 6 and then 7 and cannot find either of you. Sucks to be him!
The real killer with this poorly conceived rule is that if there are only two of you, and he is not teeing off first, HE IS NEVER LATE! The rule says he is not late until 30 seconds after it is his turn to throw. Since you cannot start in a twosome, it never becomes his turn to throw.
In our effort to coddle irresponsible players we've created a rule that really does not work in practice. We ought to just adopt the gawf rule and DQ a player who is not present at tee off.