Gousha later said he thought the penalty was two strokes. He was wrong. One wonders what would have happened if the eight-stroke winner on Sunday, Annika Sorenstam, had been the guilty party at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert. Sorry, Annika, you’re out of here, too. It would seems that some rules allowance could be made in “the spirit of fair play.” I say penalize the errant player two strokes, or five strokes, or 10 for that matter. Don’t disqualify the golfer completely. Wie should have stayed at home in Hawaii and gone to class. Instead, in her professional debut, she added zest and excitement to the World Championship. She was the only reason I, for one, watched the televised LPGA event. The harsh scorecard rule will be amended some day — but not in my lifetime. HOLY TOLEDO! UPLAND GOLFER GOES GLOBAL Joe Toledo of Upland said he had so much fun playing and finishing among the leaders in both the Inland Valley Amateur Championship (80, 84 gross) and the City of Chino (93-86) that he wants more tournament action – and he’ll find it in Portugal. Toledo, a 14-indexer, has filed for entry into a 72-holer in Algarve, Portugal. “I’m flying out on Nov. 11 for the 28th annual TAP Air Portugal Amateur Championships,” Toledo said. “It’s a four-day tournament using four different courses.” Also on the trip will be George Gaspar of Chino and Joe Al-Lewis of Turlock. The trio will return Nov. 20. In the meantime, Toledo has announced that his newly formed golf association, FOLGA (Friends of LusoGolf Association) has scheduled three more monthly tournaments. Fullerton Golf Course is on tap for Sunday, Oct. 30, beginning at 10 a.m. On Dec. 4, the group moves to San Dimas Canyon Golf Course, and Cresta Verde Golf Course in Corona will be the site of the first 2006 event, Jan. 29. Golfers can register on-line at www.lusogolf.org. HUNTER JOINS EL PRADO STAFF Rick Hunter, noted valley PGA professional who directed golf instruction at Ayala Driving Range in Chino for 10 years, has joined the staff at El Prado Golf Course. Hunter, who is available for individual and group lessons, uses his original Impact Golf Swing System, which features video replays and personal instruction. For information, contact Hunter at the course. BE TOUGH BUT FAIR IN PIN PLACEMENT Bim Jollymour of Claremont, golf coach at Claremont Mudd, reminds us that Rule 16 of the Rules of Golf calls for good judgment in deciding what pin placements will give fair results. “Do not be tricky in locating holes,” the rules states. And, “An area two to three feet in radius around the hole should be as nearly level as possible and of uniform grade.’ Now, if the USGA would also abide by the rules when it sets up holes for the U.S. Open. DOORS CLOSED AT EL RIVINO COURSE Ken Clark of Rancho Cucamonga wonders what ever happened to El Rivino, that marvelous course in Riverside that featured the par 6, 600-yard first hole and the semi-island green at No. 4. Clark said he and his son from back east were disappointed recently when they found a sign at the entrance saying the course was closed. Indeed, the popular El Rivino has been shut down for more than six months now, the 18-hole victim of a land management deal. WALNUT GOLF CLUB SCHEDULES EVENTS L.A. Royal Vista Golf Club in Walnut continues to thrive. The newest Mizuno clubs will be available for demonstration purposes on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at the driving range. Golfers will get an opportunity to hit the MX-500 driver and the F-50 fairway woods. Weather permitting, three chambers of commerce – Walnut, Diamond Bar and Rowland Heights – will host the Tri-Chamber Swinging for Educationevent on Thursday at the course. Entry per player is $125. For information, call (909) 860-1904. And Royal Vista continues to offer its Monday Maniac promotion, golf and cart for $25 throughout the day. Phil Roche is a freelance golf columnist whose column appears Wednesday. Readers my contact him at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! So, I see where they disqualified 16-year-old Michelle Wie, dropped her right smack out of the Samsung World Championship on Sunday, took away her fourth-place finish and $53,126 in winnings. And no doubt chipped off some of her spirit. “Welcome to the pros,” former Nogales High School golf coach Manny Vasquez of Montebello said on Monday. “The real world that is.” She had dropped her ball illegally after finding it in a bush, 12 inches closer to the seventh hole on Saturday, the day before for Pete’s sake. You’d think officials could keep a keen eye on the new pro; after all, only 20 players were in the field. Then it appears Wie had maliciously signed the scorecard for a 71 instead of adding a 2-stroke penalty for a 73. Of course, she (and her caddy) weren’t aware of any infraction. The DQ rule (signing an incorrect scorecard for a lower score) too often diminishes golf, ignores a player’s effort and doesn’t fit the infraction. Locally, at Marshall Canyon in the 2004 Inland Valley Amateur Championship, we reluctantly disqualified one of our first-day tournament leaders, Eric Gousha of Rancho Cucamonga, for an illegal drop and for signing an incorrect scorecard. Our rules director, USGA official Chuck Jorgensen, disqualified Gousha after Gousha – to his credit – called in to report his improper drop on the eighth hole and his signature on an incorrect scorecard. Yep, we’re tough in golf – play by the rules or else – even if the rules don’t make much sense. Officials waited clear until late Sunday, reviewed the third-round tape and revisited the crime scene, then said Wie had cheated.