Club pros are not the end-all-be-all when it comes to the Rules. In fact, some of them have embarrassingly bad knowledge. Not saying that's the case with that guy, but just a warning to not always accept their answer just because they're the "head pro." With that said, I think a valid argument can be made for either side. In a tournament, it would likely come down to the decision of the official (or head official if they called for help).
3/16/15 at 9:15pm