Two days after the event was played, the final results from Sunday’s 5-Man Scramble at Yankee Run Golf Course in Brookfield are still not yet finalized for release, as a question has been raised about the validity of the amateur status of one of the players on a top finishing team that had a PGA professional on its roster.
YANKEE RUN’S TEAM REVIEW HAS BEEN COMPLETED; UPDATE FOLLOWS…
Patti Luchette, the course manager at Yankee Run, called Northeast Ohio Golf Wednesday morning to detail the entire situation:
A man who would only identified himself as ‘Joe’ called the pro shop a couple hours after the event and spoke with one of the course owners, saying that he had played in the 5-man and one of the teams that cashed had both a PGA pro and a mini-tour player. The caller also identified the mini-tour on which he had played.
The owner of the course mentioned the issue to Patti, who knew of the player in question as he plays in 2-3 events at Yankee Run every year. But to ensure the reputation of the Yankee Run event, Pattie called the captain of the team in question and also the PGA pro for the team (who was not the captain) to learn more about the player. Both the captain and the pro detailed the man’s business and skill level, neither of which is ‘mini tour golfer.’
Patti also called the scorer for the group and went over the team’s round in detail. The PGA pro played exceptionally well that day, according to the scorer.
Finally, Patti called the tour that was referenced and spoke directly with the tour’s president. The tour referenced is a NET HANDICAP tour that plays for larger dollar amounts — but only in a gambling sense, as they play only for money that each entrant pays in and never for any outside sponsor dollars. In no way is the tour a ‘professional mini-tour’ or even a scratch competition tour, but rather a ‘high-roller net handicap cash pot’ tour for amateurs — information that is clearly posted on that tour’s website.
The results as paid on Sunday stand and they will be posted to Northeast Ohio Golf later today.
Kudos to Patti Luchette and the entire staff at Yankee Run for not only managing a great event, but for handling in a highly-professional manner the claims of a person whose facts were suspect (and anonymous!). Yankee Run could have chosen to ignore the man’s claims completely and let the talkers talk, but instead took the time and considerable effort to ensure the good name of the course and their long-running event — and they did it right. The competitive golfers of Northeast Ohio owe their gratitude to Patti and Yankee Run.