After playing from a tee farther from the cup than the one prescribed, 14 players were disqualified from a mini-tour golf event in Buckeye, Ariz., on Monday.
According to the Monday Q Info Twitter feed that tracks golf's developmental and qualifying events, the incident occurred at the Verrado Founders Championship on the Arizona-based Outlaw Tour.
The 14 players reportedly teed off 222 yards from the cup at the third hole, while the proper distance was tee box 204 yards from the hole. Because players were backed up, after one group made the mistake, others followed by teeing off at the same incorrect tee box.
Tournament director Jesse Burghart took to Facebook to defend the ruling that DQ'd nearly a quarter of the 60-man field.
"I stand by my decision to uphold the integrity of the game the Rules of Golf," he wrote "Penalty for breach of rule is Disqualification. It's very black white and one of the most important rules to follow.
"I've heard all the name calling and peanut gallery remarks. At the end of the day we are supposed to be Professional Golfers. Ultimately it's your decision to be one or not."
According to GolfDigest.com, the players' entry fee for the event was $775 for Outlaw Tour members, $875 for non-members.
One of the disqualified players, James Feutz, posted Tuesday on Twitter: "My thoughts on yesterday's incident. 100% the tour did the right thing by DQ'ing everyone. Some money back would be nice considering how many people made the same mistake and the current world situation.
"With that being said, you had hundreds of years of tournament experience among the 14 guys DQ'd with thousands of tournaments played and not one guy had ever (played) a wrong tee. In my opinion some of that has to fall on the way the course was set up and how the tournament was (run).
"The biggest factor was that our personal scorecards printed out by the tour had the third hole yardage playing from the tee that everyone that got dq'd played from. Had that scorecard said the yardage that the tees were actually set up at, we wouldn't have had his problem."
The disqualified group included seven players from Arizona, two from California, two from Michigan, one from Oregon, one from Illinois and one from Utah.
The Outlaw Tour is one of a handful of golf circuits still in action during the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down much of the sports world.
--Field Level Media