What happens when a “sandbagger” (higher rated player than the league specifications) gets caught? It happened while the Naples 4.0 / age 55+ team was playing in the Florida sectionals in Daytona last month.
Here’s the story:
• The Naples Strand team, captained by George Morton, won their flight 4-0 and then beat Marion County (Ocala) 3-0 in the semis on Sunday morning.
• The other semi was won by Broward over South Miami Dade (SMD) 2-1. Naples played Broward and lost 2-1.
• When the scores were input, a Broward player was dynamically disqualified (by the computer program) due to his scores and victories
• That resulted in a reversal of the scores, which gave Naples a 2-1 win and were declared the winners.
• The Naples team of Jack Moter and John Owler were the beneficiaries of that change.
• The next day after all had returned home, Captain Morton received a call and was told the semi scores had been input wrong in the Broward/SMD match ( wrong player shown as a participant-the same guy who was DQed against Naples).
• Turns out, he should have been DQed in the semis and therefore Naples would have played SMD, not Broward in the final.
• Obviously SMD players are upset, not getting their chance to win; Broward is upset because they actually won ( but with an illegal player).
• The Section asked Naples to play SMD in the fall after everyone is back in Florida, which they have declined to voluntarily do.
As George Morton reported, “Waiting for a decision. I told them to get SMD a wild card for nationals. We’ll see.”
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