Originally Posted by Altophish
Yes, far fetched. (And I would hope no one would really do that). I'm only arguing that the rule is way to friendly to the disc golfer.
I KNOW you'd rather get to play out at $70 but I'd rather not take a stroke for going OB. Or I'd rather move a branch out of my way.
But the rules don't exist for what we'd rather have happen. They exist to maintain a fair and even playing field for everyone.
And, in my opinion, carding a score for an incomplete round is not fair to the players that did finish a full round.
Also, life saving is always outside the rules!
Well, now this is just getting silly but I will play along. The comparison to OB strokes etc. is really not relevant. The rule has already been established to keep things fair, and that rule is that you get par plus four, which in my opinion, is pretty fair and appropriately punitive. Basically your round, and potentially your tournament has been seriously impacted after one hole.
Let's say you register for the BSF at $175. You take two days off of work, drive 100 miles, and set up camp or even buy a hotel room. Somehow you get confused on your starting hole and show up ten minutes late. Is it your fault? Yes, it's your fault. Dumb, innocent mistake. There's something "fair" about getting kicked out of the tournament and your entry fee forfeited?
It's an opinion to say that would be fair. But I'm pretty sure you'd be hard pressed to find a lot of people supporting this scenario. Or anyone.