USGA to Allow Disabled Caddie a Cart


USGAThe United States Golf Association has changed a previous ruling that will now allow disabled caddie Lee Penterman the use of a cart in competition.
Penterman, a 35-year-old who suffers from cerebral palsy, was recently ruled against by the organization during the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, in which he was caddying for golfer Ben Flam.
While he was forced off the course in that tournament, this new ruling comes on the heels of a U.S. Amateur Championship qualifier, in which Penterman is scheduled to caddie for Flam once again.
While the organization has made the exception in favor of Penterman in this case, a uniform standard has not yet been reached, as the USGA will deal with each future request for a cart on a case-by-case basis.
With their ruling, the USGA has also required that Pentermans cart remain behind competing golfers at all times. Futhermore, he may not be allowed to drive it faster than the golfer walks.
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