A Japanese professional golfer recently received the death penalty for cheating on a scorecard.
Not really. But she did get the equivalent of a professional death sentence: a ten year ban from the Japanese LPGA.
Ai Takinami got the ban after admitting that she altered her scores on two holes after her marker had signed her scorecard following the first round of the second qualifying tournament held at the Northshore Country Club in Ibaraki Prefecture on Oct. 31.
I’ve been thinking about this one for a while and can’t come to a conclusion on the appropriateness of the sentence. Clearly golf has to do everything it can to protect the integrity of the game. But this seems to be to be a bit harsh? Does a momentary transgression warrant the ending of a career? I’d say no, unless this was a trend. Would the JLPGA have done the same thing if it had been a name player, instead of a marginal 26-year-old who has never won? I doubt it.
I dislike cheating, but I feel sorry for her.