7-year-old Yago Horno Mateo from Spain, won a golf tournament thanks to a low score of 50. When he got home though, he realized he had actually shot a 51 and had signed a false scorecard.
Yago decided to write a letter to his local golf association after realizing his mistake.
“My dad told me that to accidentally sign a card with fewer strokes is grounds for disqualification,” the letter read. He explained the error and his desire to return the trophy so that it could “be given to the player who deserves it.”
The association wrote back, praising Yago for his courage to come forward.
“We want to recognize this wonderful gesture of a player who, at a mere seven years of age, has proven to be a true gentleman,” said the Royal Andalusia Golfing Federation.
“He has already learned that the most important thing golf can teach us: Honesty and a respect of the rules and of your peers.”
This is what makes golf so important. The first thing you are taught when you learn to golf is that you are your own referee. No one is there to count your score but yourself, making you responsible for being honest.
Honesty, responsibility, sportsmanship. To be selflessly kind to others and do whats right. Aren’t those the core values we want to instilled in us and everyone around us? Especially when the world needs it so badly.
Although the organization has some adjustments it could make to become more modern, it is still an amazing sport. Those who get involved are better for it in the end and what’s better than that?