Thursday, September 2, 2010

Should We Really Be Proud of Zach Nash?

If you mill around the Internets, you probably have seen the story of Zach Nash, the 14-year-old from Wisconsin that disqualified himself after winning a junior tournament and eventually noticing he had 15 clubs in his bag.

Here are a couple of quotes around the Internet about Nash's decision to disqualify himself because he broke the 14-club rule:

From AP: "But rules are rules, and the 14-year-old from southern Wisconsin made a decision that might surprise some people: He disqualified himself and surrendered his medal."

From Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: "It's hard not to root for Nash once you know about his recent act of sportsmanship, one that goes to the very heart of golf and speaks to the game's inherent values."

Okay, before I dive into my point here, I just wanted to say that yes, of course we should be happy the kid decided to turn himself in for breaking one of the most basic rules of golf. My point is, why do we always have to praise people for doing this? Golf is one of the few sports where you have to turn yourself in if you do something wrong, so if he didn't do this, he'd be a cheater.

Sure, he's only 14, but this is the point where the kids need to learn the rules, and the consequences if they don't. If young Zach had decided he was fine without admitting his fault, it would have been the first step in a long line of "Nothing to see here" experiences in his competitive life.

I just don't get why these types of stories always makes it to the front of the golf page. Sure, it's a feel good story because it makes us all realize that not all kids are shitheads that would cheat to get everything they wanted, but it is basically just a story about a kid doing exactly what he should have done in a situation. No, it isn't easy to call something on yourself, but it is what you have to do, and he did it.

Wake me up when a 14-year-old saves a grandmother from an alligator chasing her down the fairway. Oh, and get off my lawn!!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

We should be proud of Zach Nash, because many teens would not take the route he did. Would you rather read about all the cheaters and liars out there? Do you prefer the headlines to follow Tiger Woods and his personal exploits? Not me, I'll take an article about Zach Nash or another athlete who upholds the standards of play anyday.

munk24 said...

Ditto, to the above comment.

Mrs. Klein said...

Yes, we shold be glad to see a young person making the right choice but we should be sad that in our society a young person making the right choice in such a situation is a standout accomplishment. It should be the norm, but sadly it isn't. There's a great book out there entitled, "Do Hard Things" by Brett and Alex Harris subtitled "A Tenneage Rebellion Against Low Expectations." Thank you Zach Nash, for exceedding the shamefully low expectations of our culture. You have learned young that unless you gain something through honesty and integrity, it is not worth having. A good quote is, "Prefer a loss to a dishonest gain: the one brings pain for a moment, the other for all time." -Chilon

Mrs. Klein said...

Sorry for the double posting, but spelling errors do bother me and this accidentally posted before I proofread it.

Yes, we should be glad to see a young person making the right choice but we should be sad that in our society a young person making the right choice in such a situation is a standout accomplishment. It should be the norm, but sadly it isn't. There's a great book out there entitled, "Do Hard Things" by Brett and Alex Harris subtitled "A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations." Thank you Zach Nash, for exceeding the shamefully low expectations of our culture. You have learned young that unless you gain something through honesty and integrity, it is not worth having. A good quote is, "Prefer a loss to a dishonest gain: the one brings pain for a moment, the other for all time." -Chilon

courtgolf said...

Add me to the list that sees the recognition as a good thing. Another reason to be proud of this kid and our game is the growth of the Jim Rome mantra in our sports. The "If you ain't cheatin' - you ain't tryin'" mentality has poisoned just about every other sport on the planet, especially the major sports. The rest of the world needs to know that there are people of honor in at least this sport.

Anonymous said...

I believe that what Zach did was the right thing. However, I do agree with you in that he should not be praised for what he has done. It was absolute silliness that he got all the recognition for what he did. No offense to Zach, but I don't think that his story needed as much attention as it has gotten.

Anonymous said...

This entire story is rubbish. I have no idea why this is such a big story or why people are praising him for his actions. I could definitely agree with him giving up the medal if he had actually cheated, instead of having ONE extra club... instead, what he did strikes me as just plain ignorant. But, with all the attention this has gotten from the media he more than made up for giving up a JUNIOR golf medal.

Anonymous said...

The comment above is why he should get the praise and attention. Doing the wrong thing often carries a large reward while doing the right thing often goes completely unnoticed. The fact that the poster above thought that Zach had an excuse so he wasn't really breaking the rules is part of the problems we have today. Breaking the rules is breaking the rules, no matter what the intention is. The fact that Zach is being positively encouraged shows others that sometimes the right thing does get noticed. I say good for him!

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