Nick Gillespie forgets to sign card, gets DQ'd
By mustang6560 on 2/22/13
I would like to nominate Nick Gillespie for the 2013 oobgolf Rookie of the Year award. The New Zealander dropped from the top of the leaderboard of the Victorian Open to the bottom yesterday because he forgot to sign his scorecard.
After he fired a bogey-free, 7-under 65 in the first round of the Victorian Open Championship in Australia, you couldn't fault Nick Gillespie for getting excited. The round, which equaled the course record at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links, appeared to give the 24-year-old a two-shot lead heading into Friday's second round.

Except Gillespie failed to perform one of the fundamental tasks of tournament golf – he forgot to sign his scorecard.

As a result, the New Zealander went from the elation of leading the tournament to the dejection of being disqualified.
I have one question for Nick Gillespie — how do you forget to sign your scorecard? The first thing you learned to write when you first learned to write was your name. And the first thing you learned to write in cursive when you first learned to write cursive was your name.

At least he's being a good sport about the disqualification. He was quoted later in the day saying, "I have been practicing my signature this afternoon in preparation for next week".

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[ comments ]
mjaber says:
His sponsor should setup a big chalkboard in the trailer, and make him sign his name on it, over and over again.
Trip says:
I'm all for tradition, but this is an antiquated practice that needs to change.
Kurt the Knife says:
Just hand him his card and ask him to sign it. jeezuz
Torleif Sorenson says:
That is one *expensive* mistake.
Banker85 says:
agree w/ Trip. Dumb as shit.
glenrich says:
Is there some magical mystery time limit for signing the card?
Why can't he just go and sign it?
srogers13 says:
glenrich, once he walks out of the scoring area after handing in his scorecard, then he cannot make changes.
CeeBee says:
Should have signed as required but just another example of a rule that is B.S. Let him sign it before second round. What, nobody knew what he shot?
birdieXris says:
I still think the signing rule is justified. In the New era of golf where technology can help you hit it crazy distances and fashion is as much a part of your identity as the talent you have for the game, it's a refreshing but of tradition. When you sign that card you're saying "yes, as a gentleman (or lady) of the game I state that this score is true and accurate and is indeed my score." It's an honest thing to do and you have plenty of time to do it and it shows that you double checked your score as well. At this level it may not be needed, with all the video and spectators but I say keep it if not just for that shred of tradition.
Dusty23 says:
What about the rules official sitting across the table from these guys collecting the cards after they verify them. He couldn't look to see if they are signed. I'm not saying he should verify the scores, but there are two signature blocks on the card, how tough could it be for the official to at least check for the signatures, seems that this happens way more than it should.
bkuehn1952 says:
Dusty23 is right. Even in the podunk events I play in the scorer's table people always ask if the cards have two signatures before they take them from the player. While they don't check themselves their question always makes me look one more time.
1hawkeye1 says:
Another one of golf's stuffy antiquated rules. Officials should make sure he signs the card. If not, just have him go back and sign it.
mjaber says:
Here's an idea... why not sign it before the round, just so you don't forget after? You're all together on the first tee, swap the cards around and sign them. Why do you have to wait until you're last putt has fallen?
Duke of Hazards says:
i'm not one for stupid rules, specially if they are antiquated and outdated, but the fact is that professionals still use a pencil and paper to record their official score. i also agree that the player has to sign the card, attesting to the accuracy of his score. however, if you start making exceptions for one guy and chase him to his car to sign his card, then you gotta allow the next guy to do it since you've set a precedent. ultimately, it's the player's responsibility for making sure to sign, not the official's. it appears to be a very infrequent occurrence and not a major issue. Sucks for Gillespie, but it'll be the last time he makes that mistake.
Banker85 says:
Fuck, scorecards are obsolete anyways. No other sport makes the player or team keep an official scoreboard that actually has any meaning, the officials do that, should be the same in golf. Looks like you're on an island here xris.
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