Yang Shoots 72 at State, But Scorecard Error DQs Her
Sophomore Co-Captain and International Student Ya-Ting (Tina) Yang closed out her playing career with Mt. San Jacinto College as the 1st round leader, four strokes ahead of her nearest competitor, at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Tournament in Hanford with an even par 72 (37-35) over the 5,976 yard par 72 Kings County Club track.. Unfortunately, Yang will never get the opportunity to win the State Tournament that she earned through two years of hard work helping to build the Lady Eagles Golf Program as she was disqualified for a scorecard error created by the competitor designated by the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) to record Yang‘s score, Ysabel Cabrera (81) of Delta College. Only six golfers in the field of 34 women shot under 80.
Yang, who had a great practice round the day before and was in a very high competitive frame of mind to compete, if she had won, would have been the first female athlete at MSJC to win an individual State Championship and correspondingly put the Lady Eagles on the CCCAA Women’s Golf map in just the third year of the Program improving upon her 3rd place finish last year and the 4th place finish of Kathryn New (Cal State Fullerton) in the first year of the Program. Yang got stronger on the back nine and was very excited about heading into the second round as she fired a 1 under par 35 while missing numerous birdie putts in the 6-15 foot range. Her overall round consisted of 4 birdies, 10 pars, and 4 bogeys, which included hitting 12 of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens in regulation, saving 3 of 7 opportunities for par, and having 29 putts.
Yang’s disqualification under U.S.G.A. rules for signing a scorecard for a score less than her actual score transpired, as follows: Yang, after holing out on the 18th hole, went through her scorecard hole-by-hole with Cabrera who confirmed to Yang her hole-by-hole scores even though Cabrera had recorded a lower score on one hole then Yang actually had. In accordance, Yang likewise did the same with Cabrera regarding her scorecard. Both players then signed and turned in their scorecards. Yang’s coach, Gene Stillman, commented to Yang that her score on the scoreboard reflected a one under par 71 even though Yang had shot a 72. This prompted Yang to confirm with the NCGA that she had shot 72, which prompted the NCGA to review her scorecard and during this process Yang advised the NCGA of the error that Cabrera had created. In accordance, the NCGA disqualified Yang for signing a scorecard for a hole score lower than she actually shot. The environment for this circumstance may have been enhanced by Cabrera hurrying Yang to just sign their cards and turn them in, as opposed to sitting down at the scoring table and carefully and deliberately going through their scorecards.
Yang, taking the high road, commented, “I have played in numerous events in my life including the USGA Women’s Amateur, USGA Women’s Public Links Qualifying, and numerous City Championships throughout Southern California, and have never had anything like this happen to me before. However, I have had a great season and career at MSJC, I am glad that I am honest and play the game of golf the right way, I have learned something today and will never let anything like this ever happen again, and I look forward to the many wonderful opportunities that are waiting for me because of my time here at Mt. San Jacinto College.”