In an instance of history repeating itself, Casey Martin finds himself at odds with a major golf organization over the use of a golf cart.
Martin, the men’s coach at Oregon who was born with a debilitating condition in his right leg that makes walking difficult, was denied the use of a cart Monday while recruiting at a U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier in Oceanside, Calif.
Martin, 41, who has blood-circulation difficulties because of Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome, won a 2001 Supreme Court decision against the PGA Tour that allowed his use of a cart during tournaments because of his disability.
Now, his dispute lies with the U.S. Golf Association.
Before Martin arrived at El Camino Golf Club for Monday’s qualifier, he said he emailed tournament chairman Matt Pawlak to secure the use of a cart, which was granted. On the sixth hole, Martin was in the cart when he was approached by Pawlak and told that USGA rules prohibited spectators from using golf carts. Martin relinquished the cart.
If he gets one all should. He gets to watch every kid play holes while other coaches are limited.
If he uses the cart to scoot around the course and watch more golf than the other coaches, then yes he should be limited. But if he's keeping pace with a group as a walking coach would, or using the cart to move from one watching spot to another and view the same number of groups as a walking coach I don't get this.
quote:He's not really a spectator though since he's the a golf coach for a university golf team. This would affect his ability to perform his job relative to other coaches.
I've seen old people who couldn't walk chilling at the clubhouse during us am qualifying.