CIF-SS rules Palm Desert violated no-Sunday rule before winning boys golf title

The Palm Desert High School boys golf team celebrated a Division 1 CIF-SS championship Monday, but had to forfeit that title Tuesday for violating a CIF-SS rule about organized activities on Sunday.

The celebration of an 11th CIF boys team golf title for the Palm Desert Aztecs lasted just one day.

On Tuesday the Aztecs forfeited the Division 1 team regional title they won a day earlier in Chino Hills because of a violation of CIF-Southern Section rules on team activities the day before a competition. The school self-reported the violation.

“I take full responsibility,” Palm Desert head coach Kurt Breitfuss said. “That’s my job, is to know the rules.”

Palm Desert won the Division 1 title with a team score of 8-over 368 at Western Hills Golf Club, two shots better than runner-up Corona del Mar. Breitfuss said his team went to the course Sunday to discuss a few holes that Breitfuss felt the team needed to play well. The team hit some shots on the course, and afterwards they went to dinner and discussed the upcoming Monday round.

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The activities of the team with the coach in proximity was enough for the CIF-SS to agree that its rules had been violated.

“CIF-SS bylaws 504.M and 2212 state: In order to provide at least one day of respite from involvement in interscholastic athletics each week, no interscholastic games or practices of any kind are to be held on Sunday,” the CIF-SS said in a release announcing the forfeiture. “Page 27 of the CIF Southern Section on Boys Golf Playoff Bulletin states the following: No practice or instruction from the school coach of any type (team or individual) may be conducted on Sunday.”

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