The U.S. Kids Golf Foundation does an excellent job of bringing talented kid golfers from all over the world. Unfortunately, their procedure for spectators obtaining carts at the tournaments is badly flawed and deserves a double bogey or worse.

The current Kids Golf procedure for spectator carts is bad for the spectators, bad for the kid golfers and bad for the image of U S Kids golf. It may also violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The goals and criteria to obtain a spectator cart at a U.S. Kids tournament are reasonable.  They want to ensure that disabled or aged spectators can enjoy the kids play. The problem is that they only issue them at registration at the Pinehurst clubhouse. This is easy for a player to make sure grandma can get a cart. But it ignores spectators not at registration.

To tell a spectator that they must go to the St. Andrews room at Pinehurst CC to find out if they may rent a cart is absurd.  I have witnessed a discouraged elderly gentleman deciding to go home rather than put up with the hassle of driving to Pinehurst, finding a parking place, obtaining a permission slip and driving back to the golf course.

The solution is simple: delegate cart permission to each golf course participating in the U S Kids tournaments. Show the world that U.S. Kids cares about the spectators as well as the kids.

David Jenkins, Southern Pines

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