In response to the stories posted yesterday related to The Medalist Tour court case and the Coshocton Hospital Pro-Am, professional golfer Scott Holmes of Blacklick sent the following emails to Northeast Ohio Golf today:
From: Scott Holmes
To: Northeast Ohio Golf
Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2010 3:49 PM
Subject: Northeast Ohio Golf articles
I wanted to take a few minutes and send you an email in regards to the articles and some of the comments that were posted.
First I would like to say that I did not cheat at Coshocton nor did any of the players in my group. As for players stating that I am unable to post such a number, that’s their opinion and I know the truth, I have spent the last two years of my life practicing and working on my golf game so I can compete at the highest of levels.
I spoke today in great depth with Mr. Davis and left messages with those at Coshocton Hospital that I felt needed to know. The people at Coshocton Hospital worked very hard to put on this event and I have known some of them for almost three years now. Last year I played in their pro-am and played with several people from their hospital and they can attest to my ability, as I finished second there last year. They are doing this as a fundraiser for their hospital as a way to generate money to purchase medical equipment, and I have a great deal of respect for all of the staff that works so hard throughout the year to put on this event.
I know those who most likely stated what they stated, and to me that’s fine, they are entitled to their opinion. As for the gentleman I played with, that is the format of the tournament: it’s a scramble. As for Mr. Whittaker, I have know him for a while, he is a stand-up gentleman and does not deserve to have his name in the middle of this, as he was an amateur playing with the other two amateurs. In fact, they chipped in on the par 5 18th hole to get to 17-under; had it not been for that shot, they wouldn’t have even been a factor. I am in no way trying to argue or cause issues, just stating the facts Mr. Freeman: they tied for first fair and square. No one in our group cheated, and that is what I told Mr. Davis on the phone this morning.
As for the hearing in Canton, it is over and done with in my opinion. I give Mr. Hastings credit for starting what he did, and it’s a shame it came to this. I am not going to discuss details of this incident as it is now a matter of public record; the judge ruled in my favor and had he not I would still feel the same way. There is no point in beating a dead horse with a stick. In my opinion, it’s time that all parties move on and that we all learn from this experience.
With that said, I am a bit upset that this has gotten to the level that it has, and gone on as long as it has. Mr. Hastings and the board at the Medalist Tour can say what they want in regards to this; that’s their right, as can I. But bad-mouthing one another is counter-productive and gets no one anywhere. I tried everything in my power to cooperate with them during this process, and unfortunately it came down to what it did. I am not happy with the way this ended nor do I have any hard feelings towards anyone. I wish them all much success with there future endeavors.
This almost seems likes it’s turning into a political race with mud throwing and accusations being thrown around. You look at Coshocton, for instance: they wanted me disqualified because they felt I could not post those kinds of numbers, but those claiming this have no idea what truly happened, they just knew about the pending court hearing.
As for me not being there to accept acknowledgment, I was taking care of one of the guys I played with; he ate something after that did not agree with him, and we were all a bit concerned for his well-being, nothing more nothing less. I even told a fellow competitor about him not feeling well, so people there did know what was going on.
I wanted to send you an email as I had no way to contact you outside of this, not knowing your cell phone number. I was only able to obtain this email address from your website. I would ask that if you put any of this in print you not take it out of context and that my contact info be kept off the write up.
I know this is a touchy subject and I am trying to handle this as professionally as possible. I appreciate your time and wish you the best.
– Scott Holmes
From: Allen Freeman
Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2010 4:26 PM
To: Scott Holmes
Subject: RE: Northeast Ohio Golf articles
Hi Scott —
Thank you for your email.
I also had no way to contact you directly, as only your mailing address was listed on the court filing and nothing but golf scores came up when I searched your name in Google. As I stated in yesterday’s posted article about the hearing, I did want to get your side of the story, as these are significant accusations made by several different parties.
A number of persons in attendance at yesterday’s hearing recounted and confirmed the details of what was said for that story, but if any of the facts stated in the story are in question from your perspective, I would be willing to clarify. Simply email me again if you wish to address any of the facts of the story.
I will post your email to the Northeast Ohio Golf website in its entirety as a separate article today, along with my reply here.
If you wish to add anything further on this subject at a later date, feel free to call or email me again.
Northeast Ohio Golf
From: Scott Holmes
Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2010 4:47 PM
To: Allen Freeman
Subject: Re: Northeast Ohio Golf articles
Yes, these are strong accusation which is why I sent you my statement. As for the hearing, it’s over and done with.
Why Mr. Whittaker was not there, I don’t know; I haven’t spoken with him in sometime now, since Coshocton. I know he has been busy with his job, as he works a lot. I wish he was there to put some clarity on this from his point, but I can tell you I was there during his original conversation and what I stated in court is what was said. But without him there for his part, it is what it is. Brent is a good guy and has nothing to gain in lying for me in any way; he would have gained nothing from lying for me in this scorecard court issue.
As I said, it’s over in my opinion. I’m just upset that as a result of this court issue I’m now labeled as a cheater when that’s not the case. People are to quick to jump to accusations such as Coshocton.
As I’m sure you have found in your career, the reason I waited until today to release anything was to not say anything I will regret, or to say anything that may be mis-interpreted.
I thank you for your time again. If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know; if I feel like they are answer-worthy I will most certainly answer them. Please know I not trying to avoid the situation, but it’s over now and no point in going back. But if you have questions about Coshocton please feel free to contact me.