Seven-Year-Old Returns Trophy After Scorecard Mistake

No matter the age, golf is still a game of integrity.

Yago Horno Mateo, a seven-year-old junior golfer from Spain, won a golf tournament last weekend thanks to shooting a 50. However, after he got home, Mateo realized he had actually shot 51.


Instead of keeping his lips sealed and keeping the hardware, he decided to write a letter to the local golf association that ran the tournament.

“My dad told me that to accidentally sign a card with fewer strokes is grounds for disqualification,” the letter reads. Mateo expressed his desire to return the trophy so that it could “be given to the player who deserves it.”

The local ruling body wrote back, praising the courage of Yago.

“We want to recognize this wonderful gesture of a player who, at a mere seven years of age, has proven to be a true gentleman,” said the Royal Andalusia Golfing Federation. “He has already learned that the most important thing golf can teach us: Honesty and a respect of the rules and of your peers.”

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