This is not supported by the cited article - if anything, it suggests that the accommodation offered was a drop-off service. It should be obvious to anyone that for a college coach at a tournament for scouting and recruiting purposes, a drop-off service would not be adequate to see more than a few shots and would be insufficient to assess the golfers at the tournament.
Originally Posted by DeadMan
Alternate transportation to specified locations does not mean he got offered a scooter. It sounds more they like offered to drop him off somewhere and leave him there. Maybe there were scooters available, but no where has specifically said that.
The original Golf Week article about this says that this exact same thing happened the week beforehand, and there were no scooters available for him to use. I'd think there's a reasonable chance this was the case this week, too.
This seems the most likely scenario and if it is indeed the case, then someone from the USGA was probably targeting Martin - there is nothing whatsoever to be gained by being a rules gunner in that circumstance, a tournament that could have no more than moderate attendance where a cart would not cause issues with paths and spectator flow or viewing. Make no mistake about it, many golfers got very upset with Martin and the US Supreme Court decision stating that walking was not an integral part of the game and still have negative feelings toward him; ironically, I bet a lot of those people typically ride a cart when they play.
Originally Posted by iacas
I guarantee that if you were in Martin's shoes, had a golf cart and then (hypothetically - it doesn't appear this was even offered to him, just a ride and drop-off) were told to take an oldster's scooter instead, as you were trying to recruit teenage athletes, you would very much feel disadvantaged and put in an embarrassing position, for no good reason.
That's a stupid thing to guarantee given that I'd have read the rules first, known what was allowed, made arrangements for the proper form of transportation, and so on.
On the internet, everyone's got perfect 20/20 hindsight, foresight, judgment, etc...., don't they? Wouldn't we all have prevented 9/11 if we were the director of the CIA or FBI at the time? Martin called in advance, so he seems to have made arrangements - how do you know that he didn't simply ask for the tournament to accommodate him and the cart is what they offered? Do you know how many times previously he had been accommodated with a cart and may have had a reasonable expectation that that trend would continue? If you had previously been accommodated with a golf cart, you certainly would prefer that to a scooter or a drop-off service.
Additionally, I think you and several other people on this thread are losing sight of the fact that Martin was very likely not similarly situated to any other handicapped spectator at the tournament. He was not there as a fan of the game or as the fan of a particular golfer - he was there to analyze and recruit potential players for his university. He was doing his job. He should have been accorded greater privileges than an average spectator. After all, there are people at any athletic event who have greater access and privileges than ordinary fans - we've all seen them: they are members of the media who are wearing press badges and they are given the extra privileges because their work at the athletic event helps to promote the sport. Why should it be any different for a college golf coach? Recruiting talented junior golfers for a college golf team promotes the game of golf in America, particularly talented home-grown talent in the face of all of the foreign players snapping up golf scholarships.
I don't know the exact wording of the USGA rule about handicapped accommodations, but it seems to me that it could contain something to the effect of "or shall provide such further accommodations as the tournament director deems appropriate for the event" and it would address everyone's interests. If attendance is sparse, let people ride carts. If the course is jam-packed to the gills with spectators, let that factor be taken into consideration.