He needed to tee off again and lose a stroke. 3 if off the tee and if he did not OB the second. So, I am wondering if you added 2 strokes or more? Worst case, he could have had at least a 6 before deciding to tee off with an 8i or something like that.
The provisional is kind of easier because it allows you to have the feel of the original shot, and take your second right after everyone else tees off. Not hitting one is a really bad idea no matter how you look at it.
I'm guessing you let him off easy.
I gave him an 8, basically because I have never seen him hit a provisional - even when told he should. So I doubt that he could hit a second one in bounds after one was out. It was irrelevant - as a *19* index he shot a 118 which will be one of his bottom 10
How does a new guy ever get to know anyone if he always has to play alone? Virtually everyone I play with I met either because I first joined them as a single, or they joined my group that way. I hate playing alone. If I was stuck with that every time I just decided to play on the spur of the moment, I probably wouldn't be a golfer.
We are fortunate at our club. All newbies are pointed towards which group to join. The low HC big money guys, the under 20 HCs, the old guys or my group (the high HC guys.)
If someone wants to play on a weekend morning (before 11:30), they need to join up with one of these groups. They can walk on as a single or twosome - but they may not be paired with guys of similar skill. The guys I play with are probably the most accepting of outsiders, but many like to have more cash at stake than we play for - we play low $$$ skins just to bust chops a bit.