Eagle High boys golf team will retain 2012 state championship

The Idaho High School Activities Association's executive board members denied Coeur d'Alene High's appeal Wednesday concerning the results of the 5A state tournament in boys golf.

In May, Coeur d'Alene lost the team title by eight strokes after an Eagle disqualification was overturned.

Using USGA rules, Eagle's No. 1 golfer Colby Dean was initially disqualified for using a range finder on hole No. 8 at Pinecrest Golf Club in Idaho Falls. The ruling was later reversed based on the IHSAA state golf manual rule, which states "Competitors are not permitted to wear headphones or use cell phones, pagers, range finders or GPS devices during tournament play. Penalty for breach of rule is two strokes."

Using the IHSAA rule, Dean was allowed to finish his round, resulting in Eagle's team championship.

"It was a tough decision," IHSAA Executive Director John Billetz said. "They felt very bad about the whole scenario and how it happened, but they felt under the present circumstances that it was an administrative error on the part of the tournament management. They didn't feel like they had the ability to penalize Eagle High School for the mistake."

Read more about Wednesday's IHSAA board meeting in Thursday's Idaho Statesman.

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