scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Scoutmaster Minute?
Mon Jun 12 2000 - 20:08:38 CDT
Here's a newspaper article from a local paper in the state in which I work.
I've taken out the players/coaches names and done some minor editing. I think
a SMM is adapted to this story such as uniforms, conforming the rules for the
group (ie patrol, troop) for the betterment of the group, team players,etc.
Let me know your thoughts........
YIS, John Blanchard SM Troop 35 Narragansett Council (Rhode Island)
"A wrong turn of the cap gives Lancers state golf title"
Excerpts from the New London Day (CT) Tuesday, June 6, 2000
Watertown --- The banner will read: "Waterford High School, 2000 Connecticut
Division III Golf Champions"
And should anyone in Lancerville want to commemorate the achievement with
souvenir caps, you can be sure the Waterford golfers will not wear them
Nine hours after the first group began Monday at Crestbrook Park Golf
Course, Waterford and Stonington should have been tied for the lead with
aggregate scores of 337, heading into a three-hole playoff. The Lancers were
holding the hardware for the first time since 1981, however, because one of
Stonington's golfers was disqualified to wearing his cap backwards as he
walked up the 18th green.
The Stonington golfer, according to other players and tournament
officials, had been warned several times throughout the day to wear the brim
of his cap in front, conforming to the standards set by the tournament
Before the final scores were tabulated, the Stonington golfer and his
coach me with tournament officials and were informed of the
The coach angrily left the meeting and ordered his players on to the team
bus. When asked to comment on the situation the coach replied, "I'd rather
More than one Stonington player was heard yelling profanities as they walked
down the hill to the bus.
"Wearing the brim front was instructed (to the players) as the committee's
attempt to (make sure the players) present themselves as gentlemen." said the
Darien, CT coach, one of the three-committee members. "That's the standard
we've always held. To entice clubs to invite us back, we will not show any
The committee said the decision was also based on the Stonington's golfers
"complete insubordination." was clear the committee had made the decision
before the cards of the final two groups were posted.
"It's kind of cheap, maybe, but there had to be a disqualification," said one
of the victorious Waterford golfers. "Everyone played under the same
conditions. He got warned"
"There's nothing, really, we can do about it," said another Watertown golfer.
"I warned him myself. I told him three times. His coach warned him. The
Darien coach on the rules committee warned him. Then he walked up the 18th
green with it on backwards."