PGA Professional Doug Davis of River Greens Golf Club in Coshocton provided the following response by email when asked by Northeast Ohio Golf about rumors of cheating brought up by a number of professionals at this year’s playing of the Coshocton Hospital’s Charity Pro-Am on August 6th:
Game story about the CCMH pro-am from the local Coshocton Tribune newspaper here.
(Words in parenthesis added to the email for clarification.)
“Scott Holmes played last year (2009) in the pro-am, but no red flags came up. This year, he brought his own team and showed up about five minutes before the 10:00 a.m. shotgun.
When the round was over, I immediately had some pros tell me there was no way this guy could shoot (the winning score of 9-under par) 63. But I had no proof. I later found out about the (Medalist Tour) lawsuit, and I also talked to Dominic Antenucci at the NOPGA who told me that they had (conduct) problems with him at the Ohio Open.
When I announced the winners, Scott did not show his face. He was in his car and so was his amateur team. But the problem was I had no proof to accuse him of cheating. We did not have scorers on every hole or with each group.
I knew most of the pros, even the ones that brought their own teams, and thought I had no worries.
As far as I am concerned, Scott is not invited back next year and I hope this will not be a black mark on the pro-am. CCMH (Coshocton County Metro Hospital) has worked very hard on this tournament. We are talking about using scorers next year.”