By: Rob Harris
USGA Rule of Golf 6-8 addresses discontinuance of play. Here’s what it says:
The player must not discontinue play unless: (i) the Committee has suspended play; (ii) he believes there is danger from lightning; (iii) he is seeking a decision from the Committee on a doubtful or disputed point… or (iv) there is some other good reason such as sudden illness. Bad weather is not of itself a good reason for discontinuing play.
Nearby lightning strikes usually qualify.
Well, golfers at Springfield (Missouri) Golf & Country Club recently had a more unusual opportunity to potentially invoke Rule 6-8.
Reportedly, club member Donald Weber was packing more than 14 clubs when he purchased a bucket of range balls and rented a golf cart before heading off to the maintenance building. Apparently, Mr. Weber is also a former employee of the club, having lost his job a number of months ago. Upset with his former boss, Weber confronted him with a gun. Fortunately, no shots were fired before police arrived and chased Weber down.
In the meantime, the “golf course had to pull golfers off the course.” Reports don’t indicate that a tournament was in progress, but presumably “man with a gun” would qualify as a reason equally compelling as lighning or sudden illness to warrant discontinuance of play.
Unless, of course, the tournament officials preferred to first review the video tape with the contestants at the end of their round.