this guy took a dive apparently for the right reason. Do you agree? Read on…


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  1. May 12, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    May 9–NORMAN — When is sportsmanship in sports a bad thing? When your name is Grant Whybark and you set the sports world on its ear with one act of kindness.

    Whybark did the unthinkable when he admitted to intentionally losing so a competitor could win. If there was a an actual book of unwritten rules, I’m sure this would top the list.

    According to Whybark, who is a 20-year old sophomore at the University of St. Francis (Ill.), his breach of protocol was for a good reason. He had already qualified for the NAIA national championship when his team won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament April 27. But he was still in contention to qualify as an individual, along with Seth Doran of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.).

    If Whybark was to win, he would take up two spots. So he decided that his friend Doran should have the opportunity to compete in the national championship. The two had played even through 36 holes and it came down to a playoff hole.

    So with no one else other golfer able to secure the spot except for them. Whybark shanked his drive into the woods and double-bogeyed the hole. Doran made par and advanced.

    “I talked with my team about it,” Whybark said Thursday on The Waddle & Silvy Show. “The whole goal of the conference tournament is to advance to nationals. As soon as I had done that, not a whole lot else made a difference to me. And the kid has earned his spot, as everyone else did in the tournament. That’s my position on it.”

    Whybark said he may not have done it if it were anybody else. But Doran, a 22-year old senior who plans to work as a social worker in child welfare, has made an impression of him.

    “I’ve known Seth for the past couple of years,” Whybark said “He’s earned my respect on the golf course and off of it.”

    However, Whybark may have lost the respect of many across the country. The act of “kindness” drew responses around the sports world on both sides of the debate. Some people saw it as a true act of sportsmanship while others felt it went against the very idea of competition.

    My problem with Whybark’s act is the messages he sends with it. The only time I have ever let someone beat me was my little brother in basketball when playing the kids of my friends in Madden. And that was still a rare occasion.

    But I did it because I felt I was better than they were. I didn’t want to hurt their feelings. It was a paternal motive.

    That’s what I take from Whybark. It was the ultimate act of arrogance. He compounded it by letting the world know what he did. Whybark had control over Doran and he wanted his “friend” to know what he did.

    The entire controversy is the aftereffect of the everybody must win philosophy that has permeated youth sports today. Where everyone who participates must get a trophy and scores aren’t kept.

    The great thing about competitive sports is that a man or woman can succeed on their own merits. If they are better than the next person, they will be rewarded. If not, they still have the satisfaction of knowing they did their best. Whybark took that away from Doran.

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