MOUNT GILEAD, Ohio (AP)—A scorecard confession that cost an Ohio high schoolgolfer the state championship five years ago has earned him a nationalsportsmanship of the decade award.
Adam Van Houten (HOW’-ten) of Mount Gilead High School in north-central Ohiohad finished the 2005 state high school golf championship with a seven-strokelead when he noticed a mistake on his card.
A playing partner had written down a 5 for the 10th hole instead of 6. VanHouten pointed out the mistake to officials and was disqualified because he’dalready signed the card.
Five years later, Van Houten’s act has won him a spot on SportsIllustrated’s sportsmanship of the decade list.
Van Houten is now a sophomore on the golf team at George Mason Universitynear Washington.
Information from: News Journal, http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com