This weekend in a fairly normal game there was a gimmie altercation in our match.
The match was 2v2 match better ball, and then single net low and single tilt on the side. We play for a small amount of money in each game. We’re all friends. Two of the guys are brothers. Other two are cousins. It’s a very close group of 8-10 guys that generally get together for different casual money games.
So this weekend. 17th hole. One brother is on the opposite team and is not playing well. The other brother is on my team (they’re also twins). Brother on the other team swats it around on a par 3. Chips up to about 3 feet for double bogey. I’m in for par. His partner has about 30 feet for birdie to win the hole and square the match going to the last. We pretty much always play good within the leather of the putter. It’s a very easy standard rule for us. None of us are great. Low handicap of the group I think is a 9.
I call the putt good. I know it’s for double. I know it means nothing. No harm no sweat. His brother, my partner says no no no I want it putted out after he had already raked it away. He didn’t see if it was inside the leather of the putter, it was very close. They got into it pretty good. He ended up marking back about where it was. The partner ended up 3 putting from 30 feet. He made the putt for double. We won the hole and match. But I guess not to my knowledge there was implications for the tilt game since he was on triple tilt at the time and the game was close among all of us.
Things were heated after. My partner was mad at me for calling it good. I tried to defend why I did it cause I thought the putt meant nothing. Then it brought up a bigger discussion about gimmies going forward. One guy wants to completely hole everything. I’m against that because I think it slows down play a good amount and well we’re not good anyways.
I still think I did nothing wrong with giving the putt even if he did miss and take net double on triple tilt. I don’t wanna win a few bucks off a friend for making him miss a 30 inch putt for double bogey. That’s just the way I look at it.
Thoughts on this. Thoughts on how to manage gimmies moving forward.