Leeyen Peralta, a 10 year old player from Fullerton, CA, played in the Kikkor Golf Challenge @ Buenaventura, Ventura, CA, last week and finished in a tie for fourth place with a core of 41 (+6).
Leeyen should have tied for third place because she only had 40 strokes. The extra stroke was added to score because of Leeyen’s honesty and her commitment to the game. You see, according to Leeyen, her ball moved from it’s original position and came to rest in another position. Leeyen new Rule 18-2 (ii) the equipment of the player or his partner causes the ball to move, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke. No one except Leeyen saw the ball move, but because of her honesty, she gave herself a one stroke penalty for violating the rule. The other player’s in her foresome were surprised at her score on the hole in question, because they thought she had one stoke less.
Leeyen’s parent’s have instilled the importance of integrity in Leeyen’s life and her coach George Pinnell speak’s frequently to junior’s about the importance of playing the game by the rules and that honesty is the cornerstone of the game. The game of golf is in good hand’s with young players like Leeyen Peralta!!!