The player accepted, did he not? And you sat silently by, did you not? As did the other player who then also helped?
All four of you violated the rules. You least of all, but ignorance you also allowed others in the field to finish lower than they deserved to finish. Who should have finished second but now finished third, fourth, or fifth instead? It's not just about who won or should have won…
Unfortunately, you don't get to make that decision on behalf of the rest of the field.
Yeah, you're wrong about all of that. And the other competitors have a beef with you. What if A had made his putt and won the season stroke average comp by a shot? What if someone else not in your group shot 77? You can look at all this stuff after the fact, but you didn't have that knowledge at the time. You're justifying allowing friends and competitors to break the rules, and consoling yourself by saying "it didn't really matter."
Well heck, I'll just tee off two inches outside of the cup. I'll pick up one-inch putts, because really, nobody misses those. So that doesn't matter either, right? Why not?
That's not advice. Playing out of order is the issue here.
Another player is not obligated to play out of turn, and if you ask someone to do so in order to benefit you, you can still be DQed.
Enough with the "advice" stuff. Absolutely none of this is "advice." Hitting a golf shot is never "advice."
I guess that settles it then.
I'm an *******.
The best advice here is when something doesn't sound right to you speak up before they act if it's at all possible. It isn't always possible to be the "nice guy" is still keep everthing right by the rules.