Maximum Score
Sadly, too many deserving golfers are victims of the system
By Steve Cornibert
Date Published: 4/1/2017


Before we get too deep into this golf season, I would like to make a modest proposal to change the rules. My intent here is to make the game more fair and equitable to everyone who plays. I propose that the maximum score for any given round be set at 89.

Here’s the problem. People go out to play golf every day and are not rewarded with low scores. In a society as generous and rich as ours, this is a tragedy that cannot be allowed to continue. Why those who are “rich” in talent and ability should be rewarded at the expense of those who have not been born on the “first tee” is an inequity that we as a society must move to remedy.

When I first started playing golf, I couldn’t break 100 (on the front nine). I found it very frustrating. Here I am, a semi-decent human being, and I was not getting the outcome I thought I deserved. I was, to be sure, trying as hard as I could, but the ball kept flying off in all directions. For some reason, I always seemed to be playing with people who were much luckier than I was. Their shots landed in play and found the green, and a few strokes later, even found the bottom of the hole. Their score cards reflected numbers like 3 or 4 or 5 while my score card only had 7, 8, 9, and even higher. We were playing the same game, but my score was higher, and it seemed completely unfair to me. I decided that I would go in search of my fair share of the luck that I was apparently denied at birth.

My first stop was my local PGA pro. When I asked him why all my golfing companions had more luck than I did, he explained that there were 2 reasons. First was that they knew more about how to play the game. This knowledge, he explained to my surprise, was not something you are born with, but rather could be acquired by just about anyone who cared to put in the time to do the research and study required. The first thing he suggested I do was obtain a copy of the rule book and read it. This seemed a sensible idea, and even though it required a degree of effort, I did just as he suggested. My scores began to reflect this additional knowledge and dropped, if only by 1 or 2 strokes. I went looking for more information and found that it was easily accessible. I still could not shoot the scores I deserved, but it was better than it used to be. There is much golf knowledge available, but not all of it is useful. Part of education is learning how to sort one from the other.

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