Another 'disc'usion the TD and the officials had was over whether the Final "9" would qualify as a rated round since there were 22 propagators going out. It was brought up that the PDGA sets a minimum of 13 holes of play for a round to be rated so we concluded the '9' would not be rated....During that round I was asked by a player if the round was to be rated because they were having a terrible time and would rather drop out, forfeit their winnings, and not have this event affect their player rating. I assured them the round would not be rated based on the conclusion above. In the meantime I see there are ratings for the'9' on the results page so I potentially have an upset player to answer.
The only consolation I have to offer at this time also comes from the PDGA; Players who withdraw or fail to turn in their scorecards at the end of play in order to protect their player rating are subject to separate penalties and/or sanctions from the PDGA. (see Competition Manual, section 3 under player misconduct,3.3,#13. .....I'll wait to see if the ratings for the '9' stand and if so I'm sorry for giving the player information that I thought was accurate. In light of the player's clear intent to protect their rating from a high score, however, I think the 'letter' of a high level of player conduct remained intact. ....This issue of withdrawls and player conduct came to my attention during the final counting of cards at the Officials table when it became known that other players had not turned in their cards and thus had raised the 'suggestion' that an attempt to protect individual ratings was afoot.