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Final Paper - Matt Doherty Ethics Final Paper Professor R...

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Matt Doherty Ethics Final Paper Professor R. Nielsen December 5, 2007 Background: For the last 8-10 years, I have been an avid golfer. At my high school on Long Island, Chaminade, I played on the varsity in all four of my years, and developed friendships with my teammates that will last a lifetime. In addition to playing a high school schedule, most serious junior golfers play on a number of other junior tours sponsored by organizations who believe in doing “what is good for the game.” For example, Long Island has a Metropolitan PGA Junior tour sponsored by Ernst and Young that I have participated in every summer since eighth grade. Since there are a limited number of tours and high schools on Long Island, the golfing community gets to know each other very well – quite often a high school match opponent would be a potential playing partner in a Junior PGA tour event. This was certainly the case with one of my high school teammates. John, we will call him for argument’s sake, was a year behind me in school, and was a fairly good player – after all he was on the varsity team. But what he couldn’t accomplish with skill, he achieved through unethical means. Simply put, John was a dishonest golfer, who knew every trick in the book to beat the golfing system, from fudging scores, to “finding” balls hit into the deepest parts of the woods (most likely he dropped one there), to even making up rules that “he swore was in the Rules of Golf ,” but in fact did not exist at all.
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He consistently exaggerated his abilities, and professed that he was “getting looked at by Duke, Notre Dame, and Villanova” to play collegiately. Of course everyone knew this was a fabrication – these were nationally ranked college golf programs – John was barely a starter on our high school squad. Unfortunately for him, most of the golfing community knew of his dishonest ways, but fortunately for him, no one really did anything about it. Our team knew he was a cheater, but no one wanted to “blow the whistle” on a teammate and a friend. John became the running joke of the team due to his dishonest habits. All the while, John merrily played along to his own beat, winning tournaments and high school matches here and there, dishonestly of course, and “beating the system” all the while. Scenario 1, Question 1: Win Lose Methods: Personally, John’s cheating ended up affecting me during our high school season this past year. During last season, my senior year, I enjoyed my best statistical golf season of my career. I averaged a hair under 40 strokes per nine holes, and I earned all- league honors and won Most Improved Player as voted on by my teammates, and was captain of the team along with two of my fellow senior team members.
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