Golf, it has been said, is a gentleman's game, a gentlewoman's game, a game of honor.
Sometimes wild cards are thrown into the equation. Cards that don't make sense, but deep down, force a player to make the ultimate decision.
Playing in his fourth United States Amateur Championship, Holy Ghost Prep and Drexel University graduate Chis Crawford, was faced with the decision.
After an opening round 73 - two birdies against five bogeys - in the first 18 of 36 holes of stroke play qualifying for 64 spots in the match play component of the event, Crawford was sitting pretty. Another decent round at historic Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palasades, CA, and the Drexel assistant golf coach would be playing for the first time in match play.
About five holes into his second round - one which saw him two-under-par for the day - he was at odds with his caddie on yardage from the green. Crawford had reviewed his notes and yardage book, his local caddie used a range finder to determine the yardage. While range finders are permitted in amateur events (but not professional tour events), the USGA does not allow range finders that also include information on the slope of terrain.
After completing the hole Crawford and his caddie had an unpleasant exchange, where the player realized his caddie had an illegal range finder. Whether by design or by accident, the result was clear on Crawford's analysis.
He must disqualify himself.
That happened, but Crawford kept his head held high. He followed the rules, and the violation cost him dearly.
Still, the two-time US Open qualifier, who will compete in a Web.com qualifying event this fall, did the right thing.