Although golfers aren’t usually allowed to use their phones during competition play, a new venture into the future of the game will allow high-schoolers in Michigan to use an app on course to record scores in real-time. The Michigan High School Athletic Association plan to allow golfers to use a mobile app whilst playing that aims to prevent cheating. By recording scores in real-time, players will have to be honest to ensure their hard-copy scorecards match the app scores.
The decision comes after two Michigan teams, Anchor Bay and L’Anse Creuse, posted team scores “more than 45 strokes lower than each of their respective teams’ submitted season averages.” Both teams qualified and advanced to the state tournament where they subsequently finished as the bottom two teams.
Due to the game’s integrity, it is always hard to ensure complete transparency. Nathan Oake of the MHSAA Golf Committee had this to say regarding the introduction of the new app: “I cannot think of another sport where you have to wait five to six hours to find out what the score is. I think we are moving in a very positive direction with a discussion about using more live scoring as both a preventative tool and a tool for enhancement of the competition.”
Will this be the future of maintaining integrity in the sport?