Integrity at AU
PGA Tour Qualifying School. No it is not a school, it is a meat grinder. It is 6 rounds of golf preceded by sectional qualifying, all under intense pressure, that determines whether or not you get to make a living on the PGA Tour. At stake is millions of dollars if you just play average pro golf.
How much integrity would it take for you to disqualify yourself after you had advanced if you felt like you had broken a rule, but your caddy insisted that you had not.
That is exactly what one of Auburn’s own, Blayne Barber, did recently. He wasn’t sure if he’d brushed a leaf while in a bunker during the second round of the first stage of PGA Tour Q school. According to Golfweek.com, Barber’s caddie insisted that he hadn’t touched it. Barber went ahead and gave himself a one-stroke penalty anyway, but while discussing the incident that night with a friend, Barber learned the penalty was supposed to be two strokes. He finished out the weekend and easily advanced, but six days later, unable to find peace with his decision, Barber called the PGA Tour and disqualified himself for signing an incorrect scorecard.
Now understand exactly what he did: he passed up millions for the sake of integrity. A fully punched ticket to the PGA is worth that and then some. Ask the Duf, all you have to do is play well.
I just read on Al.com that Chizik and his staff are telling recruits that they will absolutely be back for the 2013 season. It has been suggested that Chizik should show integrity, resign and not take his buyout.
I guess we will have to wait to find out if our coaches have as much integrity as Blayne.
War Eagle Blayne!
I for one am proud of you and still proud to be an Auburn Tiger.