College Golfer Sanctioned by NCAA for Washing Car on Campus

An NCAA women's golfer was sanctioned by the NCAA for washing her car on campus.
An NCAA women’s golfer was sanctioned by the NCAA for washing her car on campus.

This is a strange one, a college golfer has been sanctioned by the NCAA for violating one of its rules, she washed her car on campus. According to a story from Yahoo! Sports, a member of a WCC school golf team has been fined $20 for cleaning her car. The name of the athlete and school have not been released.

Although a minor penalty, it is a ridiculous one. NCAA officials say the fine was given becauseĀ “the water and hose were not available to regular students.” According to the Yahoo! post. With all the recruitment violations and serious scandals that continually surface in the collegiate sporting world these days, how did the NCAA even find the time to investigate something as minor as a car wash.

Portland basketball coach Eric Reveno broke the story with a tweet following a conference meeting. He saw the sad humor in the incident and emphasized it with the hashtag #stopinsanity in his tweet. The limited number of details that have surfaced about this case indicate that the school self-reported the violation after observing the golfer using a school’s hose to clean her vehicle.

Problems are running rampant throughout collegiate athletics, so the NCAA sanctioning a college golfer for washing her car on campus seems a little ridiculous. This isn’t even the biggest issue that has came from college golf in the last month. Research from the NCAA’s report according to the USA Today in early May reveal that gambling among college golfers is on the rise and is by far the highest rate among student athletes.

According to the study, 21.3% of division one collegiate golfers reported gambling on sports in the last month. This number is significantly higher than basketball’s average of 5.9% and football’s 4.6% of players gambling monthly. Not only is this a more serious violation of the NCAA rules that can lead to a potentially detrimental life habit, it also is illegal in most of the country. Trying to cut down this number would make more sense than handing over a fine for a petty violation.

Self-sanctioning is a rarity in today’s college sports, so for a golfer to be reported to the NCAA by her school for washing her car on campus seems a little strange. The Jerry Sandusky investigation wasn’t self-reported, nor are many recruiting violations or other scandals. The fact that incidents are actually being self-reported are reassuring to some extent, but until serious offenses are actually reported on a regular basis, it isn’t saying much.

In the meantime, the golfer who was sanctioned by the NCAA for washing her car on campus after being reported by her school has surely learned her lesson. Next time her car is dirty, she will use her own hose like everybody else and not take accept the privilege of using the school’s hose simply because she is an athlete.

The black mark next to her name that certainly comes from such a serious charge as illicit car washing is certain to remain as a blemish on her collegiate golfing record throughout her time at her WCC school.

No word has yet on whether or not the NCAA is seeking a suspension.

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