Olympics 2016: Brazil’s Lovelady Assessed First Slow Play Penalty of Games

August 19, 2016

Brazilian golfer Victoria Lovelady was assessed the Olympic Games’ first slow play penalty during Thursday’s second round.

Lovelady had been warned about her pace of play by officials on the 10th hole, but when she didn’t pick it up, officials awarded her a one stroke penalty on the par-4 15th. Her par on 15 turned into a bogey.

American Stacy Lewis was critical of the pace of play following Wednesday’s opening round, which had some groups taking over five hours to complete.

Lovelady chalked it up to having to back off shots because of raucous crowd noise — understandable, as a representative of the host nation. She told the Golf Channel she pleaded her case to the R&A, to no avail.

The Brazilian is currently 17 over par and tied for 57th out of 60 players in the field.