High school golfer self-reports violation, loses state title

Rex Christensen
June 9, 2018

"You are an example of what makes golf the best game, honestly, integrity.many great things in your future", one person posted on Twitter. When it was finally discovered it changed the course of the entire tournament.

Her play had put the Sioux Falls Christian girls golf team in a comfortable position in what would've be their first state title ever, but Wynja knew her confession would cost them first place. "That's a really big deal to me".

However not everything was on par.

"She knew what it (her mistaken score) would mean for them so that was tough", said Swartos, the executive director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

All she had to do was stay quiet about the incorrect score on the last hole of the round.

"It must have just gone over my head with all the excitement going on and emotion. But I knew I couldn't leave without saying something". And she was disqualified. I hope my own children grow up to have as much honesty and integrity as you, Kate.

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"There wasn't a split second that i hesitated because that's not how my parents raised me or how my faith affects my life". I knew that I would be disqualified and it broke my heart for the team.

Her ability to come forward is grabbing national attention including the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and golf legend Jack Nicklaus. "Obviously, he was sad with how it turned out, but he was glad that I did the right thing".

As they began posting final results following the second round of the Class A state golf meet, Sioux Falls Christian senior Kate Wynja came to a frightful realization.

"I told [her coach] that I was sorry for letting him down since it's his past year", said Wynja, who had been golfing for Garnaas since seventh grade.

"I told (Garnaas) that I was sorry for letting him down since it's his past year", said Wynja, who had been golfing for Garnaas since seventh grade.

Swartos admits they had also written the wrong score when they were occupied with other players, but as they went back through the strokes she made, they found the error. Wynja was the defending state champion and was playing her last high school event before heading to Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, where she will play NAIA golf.

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