High School Golfer Calls Penalty on Self, Loses Tournament

What would you do? Do you think you have the moral fiber to penalise yourself knowing full well you will lose a tournament in doing so? Well, that’s what a Senior at Sioux Falls Christian in South Dakota did. Kate Wynja had won the Class A state golf meet on Tuesday, however as the final scores were being tallied, she realised she had signed for a 4 on the last, despite actually making a 5.

“I knew I needed to tell them,” Wynja told “It was really sad, mostly because I knew what the result would be. I knew that I would be disqualified and it broke my heart for the team. But I knew I couldn’t leave without saying something.”

Wynja revealed the error, thus disqualifying herself and causing her team to lose. She had this to say following the decision.



What would you do? I’d like to think every honest golfer would make the same decision based upon the integrity of this great game. As Bobby Jones once said, being commended for calling a penalty on yourself in golf is like being congratulated for not robbing a bank.