Landon Michelson, a 22-year-old amateur was playing for every amateur’s dream, a chance to play in the 2014 US Open. After Freddie Jacobson pulled out of the sectional in Florida, Michelson got the last spot to play for a chance of a life time. With only four spots available Michelson played what most would consider the round of his life and qualified for the US Open. Shooting a pair of 1 under par 71’s on a very winding day at Quail Valley Golf Club, Michelson thought he had a great chance to make the US Open.
Then came the dreadful mistake this youngster will have on his mind the rest of his life. Michelson signed for what he thought was a 70 on his second round, when in fact he really shot a 71. This is when the young man had the decision of a life time, come forward and admit your mistake or brush it under the rug and take the final spot in the US Open. Now many of you would think a 22 year old kid would be dishonest and take all that comes with making the Open such as clothing, sponsors, club sponsors, big money, etc… but Michelson did the right thing and admitted his mistake and was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. With this decision this young man will go a long way in life, golf is a gentlemen’s sport, played on the honor system, and should be played that way.
I wish Michelson a long career in golf, and better luck next time.