Yankee Run 5-M Results in Question?


Northeast Ohio Golf

Yankee Run Golf CourseTwo 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.

5 Comments

  1. May 4, 2011

    Hey ja, if you’re going to attack people at least have the [DELETED] to put your name on the comment instead of hiding behind initials. Speaking your opinion is fine but being a faceless [DELETED] holds no merit and is annoying. And leave Al out of your attacks, he runs a website that we all appreciate and is always unbiased in his comments.

  2. May 4, 2011

    If Yankee Run is withholding results, they are obviously pretty confident something fishy is going on. Golf courses are going to start having to check id’s before events with this much prize money, it’s the only way to protect the field.

  3. Allen Freeman
    May 4, 2011

    To be clear, it is the golf course staff who have held the final results and is making the eligibility review — no one else. And a review is far different from an accusation; the people running the tournament are rightfully taking the time to make sure their tournament’s rules have been followed fully — something absolutely required to ensure trust for events in the years to come.

    P.S. — ja, I did not play at Yankee Run.

  4. May 4, 2011

    This is pathetic, lets all get mad because we didn’t win and accuse people of cheating. This area is so full of cry babies it’s not even funny!! You all need to get a life, quiet crying because you didn’t win and trying to make it out that everyone is cheating. So what if he was a pro who gives a shit it’s a scramble!!!!! It’s not like it the US Open or Masters it’s a scramble at Yankee Run and because you didn’t win lets call everyone else a cheater, jesus this gets old on this website. Lets See for further notice anyone who wins this year i’m going to call them a cheater. So the Eagle Creek 6 scramble Frischette’s team won that YOUR CHEATERS!!! Because someone else didn’t win and if they had won they would be cheaters too. The more I read on this site the less validity any of this BS on here has. It’s just an internet blog for Alan and his buddies. Free PR with a complete bias, so Alan was the team you were on did you all finish second. So sorry, lets call them cheaters too!!

  5. May 3, 2011

    GOOD LORD…..WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE? THE GUY IN QUESTION IS A 8-10 HANDICAP THAT IS 50+ YRS OLD….AND PLAYS IN MANY TOURNAMENTS IN MICHIGAN (AS AN AMATEUR!!!!) THIS GUY IS THE LAST PERSON TO BREAK ANY RULES!!! HE PLAYED WITH MIKE STONE AND STONER WOULDVE NEVER ALLOWED ANOTHER PRO ON HIS TEAM. OF ALL THE PLAYERS IN THE FIELD ON SUNDAY…LETS ASK OURSELVES HOW MANY OF US ARE TRUE AMATEURS…PLAYING IN A CASH SCRAMBLE? GIMME A BREAK!!! WE AMATEURS DONT GET THE CHANCE TO MAKE ANY” MONEY” VERY OFTEN….SO LETS JUST NOT BITCH IF WE GET BEAT!!!!!
    CASH SCRAMBLES ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN ANYMORE…JUST FOR THIS REASON!!!!!

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