Then the next guy shanks his right, a terrible drive that I know is going to be lost. I told him that it would be wise to swallow his pride and throw a provisional. He does, for the sake of time, a safe shot in the middle, and we begin the hunt for the disc on the right, starting the 3-min clock immediately. The dude whose disc is in the other fairway helps us look instead of looking for his because he knows he's safe.
3 minutes expired, and we went to find the other one. Looking. Searching. Where the hell? Look in the trees. Nope. Not anywhere. 3 minutes expired and we gave up, and he retees for a 5p. We total up our cards, go to Tourney Central, and sitting there in the lost and found radio flyer is his initial drive that went missing. It had been picked up by a player whose round was already complete and didn't see anyone around, because we were all searching for the other disc in the thick blackberry hell. They picked it up while we were playing the hole.
What, if anything, should happen?
B. If a disc at rest on the playing surface or supported by the target is moved, the disc shall be replaced as close as possible to its original location, as determined by a majority of the group or an official. If a marker disc is moved, the marker disc shall be replaced as close as possible to its original location, as determined by a majority of the group or an official. (If the two meter penalty is in effect, see also 803.08 C and D for movement of a disc above the playing surface.)
C. Any player who consciously alters the course of a thrown disc, or consciously moves or obscures another player’s thrown disc at rest or a marker disc, other than by the action of a competitively thrown disc or in the process of identification, shall receive two penalty throws, without a warning, if observed by any two players or an official.
Should we have given him an approximate lie somewhere on the other fairway? How can we guess if we never saw it land?
The two meter rule was indeed in effect. How could we know whether or not the disc was removed from a tree 2.5 meters up?
I'm sure it's ok to have thrown a second provisional and left it up to the TD to decide a ruling, but I for sure would not have agreed to a randomly selected lie when we couldn't be sure if it was a safe drive or where it ended up. There are a few spots with clear routes back to the pin, and the rest are shite lies you have to spray and pray from. Does he get an easy or impossible 2nd shot? If the rest of the group agreed but me, then I would respect the majority rule, but would question its validity later, probably.
Of course he should have ran up there right away and marked it before searching for the other disc, because it would have been easy to approximate his lie even if he didn't mark it, just made visual contact with it. We didn't think of this. No one else marked their lies and they weren't messed with.