It was a story that changed direction in a hurry.
At just before five p.m. on Wednesday afternoon we were writing a tale about Ottawa’s Andrew Jensen and his successful attempt to get through local United States Open Qualifying.
An alternate last year, it appeared to be a great outcome for the PGA TOUR Canada member who had recently posted two top-6 finishes on the Great Lakes Tour.
Minutes after the story was posted though, circumstances had changed.
Jensen, without the benefit of internet access after leaving the Bellevue Golf & Country Club in Syracuse, New York, graciously made a call to Flagstick just in case a story about his success had been posted at Flagstick.com or mentioned in a Tweet.
Minutes before the young pro had made another phone call, that one back to the tournament officials at Bellevue. It was to tell them that he believed he had signed an incorrect scorecard and that he should be disqualified. His 76, that had apparently earned him second place and a spot in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying was, in fact, a 77.
“I just realized when I was looking back on the round that my score was wrong,” said Jensen who cited a moist scorecard and a lot of extra work dealing with the cool and wet weather on the day as the cause of his error. His playing partner had shot a high number and evacuated the scene quickly, and in the quick turnaround Andrew made the mistake of not giving his card some extra attention.
“There is no excuse for it; it was my fault. It was also my responsibility to correct it and disqualify myself. I wish I had noticed it before I signed, I would have still been in a playoff. It’s disappointing but there is nothing I can do about it, I just have to move on,” he said from his car as he made his way back to Canada.
Over the next two days Jensen will return to the Great Lakes Tour for a two-day tournament in Guelph.
You can bet his scorecard will get a long and thorough look after each round.