Marshall High School junior Kaylee Gossen was ready to head back to the state tournament after posting a team-low 82 at the Section 3AA tournament this week.
But shortly after she finished her round, Gossen began second-guessing if she wrote down the correct score on hole No. 16. After talking with her parents, she realized she wrote down a 6; not the the 7 she actually scored, the Minnesota State High School League says.
Gossen went to her coach to explain what happened and the two went straight to tournament officials so Gossen could admit she'd made a mistake.
According to the MSHSL, the tournament officials went out of their way to make sure the score was correct. After verifying she had indeed written down the wrong score, she was disqualified from the round and a repeat trip to the state tournament.
Gossen told PGA.com she was emotional because she knew she'd be disqualified, but at the same time it was the right thing to do.
"Kaylee handled this with grace and maturity beyond her years and made the right call to do the right thing," head coach Gretchen Flynn said, according to the MSHSL. "We, as coaches, are extremely proud of her and the other Section 3AA coaches were very supportive and proud of her as well."
Any golfer who's played competitively knows it's their duty to double-check their scorecard before signing it and handing it to officials. Props to her for doing the right thing.