Coaches Slate "Ridiculous" Pin Placement As Scores Cancelled In Women's College Event

Coaches slam "ridiculous" pin placement on steep slope that forced the NCAA to cancel the entire third round of the Women's Championship

A bad pin placement at the NCAA Division 3 Women's Championship caused uproar
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The NCAA was forced to cancel the third round of the Division III Women’s Golf Championship in Florida after one hole on the course was said to have been put in an “unplayable” position on the green.

Videos soon went viral of missed putts rolling all the way back down the slope at the sixth hole of the Campeon Course at Mission Inn and Resort where NCAA officials got a bit too cute with their pin placement.

The hole at times resembled one from a crazy golf course, with 10-foot putts regularly rolling right back to the feet of the players even when going a foot or so beyond the cup.

Most of the 151 players in the field had complete their third rounds when bad weather stopped play, but after being made aware of the problems, the NCAA then erased all the scores from the round and shortened the tournament to 54 holes.

Goal coaches were furious as they vented their anger to the Golf Channel, with one labelling the hole as “ridiculous” while another said one of only two birdies putts they saw made there all day “would've gone 25 yards off the green if it didn't go in."

“They should’ve known not to put [the pin] there,” said another coach, with the NCAA well aware of the course with it having played host to the championship on seven previous occasions.

Unsurprisingly, the sixth hole was the toughest on the course when playing over a shot and a half over par – and it led to drastic action from the organisers.

"Throughout Round 3 on Thursday, and despite efforts to improve conditions, it became apparent that the pin placement on hole No. 6 was unplayable," the NCAA committee said in statement to

"After play was suspended due to lightning late Thursday afternoon, the committee analyzed numerous different options on how to complete the tournament in the time allotted."

Scores all reverted to where they were after 36 holes, with a cut made, and the tournament shortened to 54 holes with more bad weather due in the area.

This isn't the first time this sort of thing has happened in women's golf, with a Girls 3A State Golf Tournament in Iowa last May seeing similar scenes from a poorly placed pin.

Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.