The Knucklehead of the Day Part One
I'm giving out two knucklehead awards today
Today's first winner is the United States Golf Association aka USGA. They get today's award for denying Mackenzie Kline's request for use of a golf cart during the US Girls Championship. The organization says Kiline applied too late.
Mackinzie Kline's congenital heart defect hasn't kept her from becoming an accomplished junior golfer but it does create obstacles, including bureaucratic ones. Last week, the USGA denied the 14-year-old's petition to use a cart in the upcoming U.S. Girls' Junior, against her doctor's wishes.What stupidity. The girl needs it for a legitimate health problem and the USGA is enforcing bs rules. What happens if the girl passes out because of this stupidity or even dies? Did the USGA even consider that?
The Encinitas, Calif., native was born with a single ventricle and required two open-heart surgeries before age 2. Recently she began feeling listless and disoriented when walking a course. Doctors at Children's Hospital in San Diego discovered her blood wasn't receiving enough oxygen, and exploratory surgery has been scheduled.
In the meantime, it was recommended if she kept playing golf, she use a cart and have oxygen available. However, her petition for a cart at Carmel CC in Charlotte in two weeks was denied on a technicality. USGA rules stipulate players must request a cart when they apply to the event. When Kline submitted her entry, she wasn't aware she would need a cart.
"Obviously you feel for her," said Marty Parkes, USGA senior director of media relations and communications, "but with those entry deadlines, we feel to be fair with everybody you have to hold to those."
For narrow minded rules are rules stupidity, the USGA is our first Knucklehead of the day.
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