UCLA's Garrick assessed penalty for slow play
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MILTON, Ga. UCLA freshman Jonathan Garrick was assessed a one-shot slow play penalty on the 18th hole during the second round of the NCAA Championship on Wednesday.
On that hole, Garrick made a bogey, California’s Max Homa made a double bogey and Alabama’s Scott Strohmeyer made par.
Once the group finished, they were 10 minutes behind their checkpoint time.
The group went into the scoring area and confirmed scores, but never signed scorecards as the rules officials wanted to talk to each of the players in the clubhouse.
The players left, with their scorecards, and were talked to as a group in the Crabapple clubhouse.
It was ultimately decided that it would be Garrick who would be assessed the penalty.
Garrick was asked if he thought he deserved it: “No, no I don’t,” he said. “Because we only missed two checkpoint times, and we were constantly waiting.”
They missed checkpoint times on Nos. 9 and 18, but made the checkpoint time at No. 13.
“They never cited a reason (for my one-shot penalty), like I never had a bad time. And they didn’t give me a specific hole,” Garrick said. “So I don’t understand why I was singled out. They said there was no appeal, so there’s no reason to start a scene of anything like that. I just accepted.”
The NCAA explained their decision later in the afternoon.
"In this situation, the group missed two checkpoints so that subjects the whole group to a penalty. After the round is completed, we had the rules official, the NCAA committee and the players together to try and figure out why they missed that second checkpoint," said Mike Carter, chairman of the NCAA men's golf committee. "So we gathered all that information and then we did determine that this particular player had some slow times and that was the reason he got the penalty.
"There are timings that go on throughout the round and based on those timings and the discussion on those timings that’s how it was determined."
Groups on Nos. 15-18 waited on every shot. The only time they didn’t wait was into the green on 18. The groups pace of play time was 5:14 – 34 minutes over time par.
“On 18, it’s a blind tee shot so we didn’t know where they were. I just figured, we weren’t holding up the group behind us, and it was the 18th hole,” Garrick said. “We all had decent rounds going. We were trying to do our best. We just mis-executed (our shots), which added a lot of time. . . . They just decided to single me out and I can’t appeal it. So I’m stuck with a one-shot penalty.”
Garrick finished with a 1-over 71. He is 4 over for the tournament. UCLA stands T-26 out of 30 teams at 10-over 570 midway through Day 2 at the NCAA Championships.