PST Commissioner Joe McManus
April 17, 2012 – PST Commissioner Joe McManus issued a statement today indicating a lack of clarity in PST’s rules allowed for uncertainty between players and the referee and a disputed conclusion to the Albany Open was the result.
During the finals of this past weekend’s Albany Open, confusion at the end of game four, which had been awarded to John White, provided an extended period for his opponent Bradley Ball to challenge a referee’s decision. When the call was overturned, and White was told that he had not won the game, a spirited discussion ensued resulting in a conduct game penalty against White, which cost him the match.
“This issue was something I should have foreseen and the buck stops with me,” said McManus. “As Commissioner of PST, my job is to establish rules so that players and referees know how to handle situations during the course of a match.
“If the tour’s rules are not specific about events that may arise, it creates confusion. And that confusion can create the perception of inequity.
“I have apologized directly to John White because this mistake impacted him. And I have extended that apology to Bradley Ball, his opponent, and Ned Marks, the match referee, who were also involved.”
“I will be communicating with our roster of players in advance of our next tournament to confirm any amendments to our Rules of Play,” concluded McManus.