juju wrote:Was it aliens that took him?
Nope. He holed out without us and went to take a dump at a bathroom located mebbe 200 yds from where we were at. He was gone for 10-15 minutes and I was on the brink of suggesting we play the next hole as a six when he came running back.
We were playing Rec, the lowest division offered at the event and as such, the bar for compliance with rules is a bit lower. The two that I was paired with did not know or did not care about the rules of play. We started with the gentle reminders to mark lies and not play out of turn. Then we had 'No, you can't break branches in front of your lie even if they are dead'. One of the two started trying to play more in line but the other basically was ignoring everything, complaining about how long the round was taking in between chat/text sessions on his cell phone. Then I lost a disc. I asked cellphone guy to come down and help search. He finished his call and came down to where we were looking to stand around looking bored. When I declared the disc lost was when he disappeared.
As it was Rec, I didn't do anything other than reminders at first and by the time it had escalated to the potty break incident I had burned a half dozen strokes in anger and let myself come to the point where trying to do something like assess strokes/penalties could have rapidly gone out of control. I'm not certain I could have done so anyways as I would have needed a second or majority to do so and neither seemed very knowledgeable. The other option would have been to seek a ruling from the TD but I wasn't comfortable taking the time to do so, potentially delaying everyone else.
juju wrote:Yes it does apply.
Thanks. I found 803.13 A(1)
after my initial post. Would this also apply to the hole where the individual in question holed out without us seeing him do so before heading for the bathroom?