— Ryan Beltram, EDN
If you live in Oregon then you probably heard about what happened to Churchill High girls golfer Caroline Inglis this week. Following a dominant performance at the 2012 Oregon Scholastic Activities Association Class 5A state tournament in which Inglis won by nine shots with a 3-under 69, the senior simply had to check her scorecard to verify its accuracy, sign it and turn it in. After doing so however, Inglis was informed that she had made a costly mistake.
Inglis’ scorecard actually credited her with a 4-under 68 in the final round, one shot better than her actual score. The error was the result of Inglis’ playing partner crediting her with a par on the 18th hole when she actually scored a bogey, but by the time Inglis noticed her partner’s mistake, she had already signed her scorecard.
Because the state championship tournament was played under official USGA rules, which states that any player who signs an inaccurate scorecard to be disqualified, the OSAA officials had no choice but to strip Inglis of the title and award it to the runner-up who again finished nine shots behind Inglis.
The win would have given Inglis four consecutive state championships; a feat never accomplished on the men or women’s side.
The sport of golf has always been known as a “gentleman’s game.” You must wear the proper clothes, act in a mature manner and be honest and forthright when filling out your scorecard. Failure to do so can result in a severe penalty. But in the case of Caroline Inglis, the rule should be altered.
If someone deliberately alters their scorecard then kick them off the golf course. But if a mistake is made, (or in this case, their playing partner makes the mistake) then the player should just be given a two-stroke penalty. SHE WAS WINNING BY NINE SHOTS!
If I was the person who finished a distant second and that happened, I would just give Inglis the trophy. I didn’t earn anything. Just take it and forget any of this ever happened. It might not say it in the record books, but Caroline Inglis is a four-time state champion in my book.
Netflix Instant Pick: Drive
One of the most acclaimed films from last year and an Oscar snub, Drive is a cool, uneasy film that stays with you long after seeing it. Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Albert Brooks, this low-key crime drama follows a man known only as Driver (Gosling) who by day is a stuntman for movies and by night, a hired getaway driver for criminals.
Driver lives a quiet, somewhat lonely life until a new neighbor, Irene (Mulligan), moves in next door. It’s just her and her son as the father is still in prison. Driver and Irene become friends and possibly more. But when the father is released from prison, Driver becomes involved in a botched heist which he volunteered to be apart of. Now a hit has been put out on him and he must end this feud and protect Irene and her son.
The film is affectively unHollywood. It’s slow-paced and has a European vibe to it. The soundtrack is hypnotic and the shots of Los Angeles make it feel like a Michael Mann film. Some viewers may get turned off by its pace and the graphic violence that occurs in the second half of the film, but based on the performances and the cool soundtrack, fans of film noir, Miami Vice and Steve McQueen should check this out.
More DVD anti-piracy warnings
You know that FBI warning thing that always pops up on your television screen before getting to the movie? The font is always really small so you don’t bother to read it, but the background color is a bright blue. Or maybe it’s a menacing red I don’t know I usually fast forward through it.
Well it looks like there will be some more warning labels to fast forward through. Along with the FBI warning, a National Intellectual Property Rights label and a Homeland Security Investigations label will also be gracing your DVDs soon.
Since 2008 when Homeland Security has gained the power to do so, it has seized more than 750 sites allegedly engaged in piracy. The issue of movie and music piracy has been rampant for years, particularly overseas, so it makes sense that the government is going to brand every new DVD and Blu-ray with its warning labels. But do we really need three?
I’m pretty sure those who partake in the illegal download of films aren’t going to suddenly quit because that third warning really got to them. The government should think of a new and creative way of conveying that they really dislike movie piracy. Maybe hire an actual movie producer or director to make a cool short film portraying what happens when you steal movies. It might scare the piracy criminals but it will definitely entertain us regular folks who just buy or rent movies.
The ironic thing about the new trio of warning labels is that they rarely appear in digital movie downloads — the very format that is more regularly pirated these days.