Wow. Novice here. I honestly don’t know what to say except that heartbreaking losses happen in this business. I guess I’ll do what I did last time when I chipped the gridle while cutting the crown on my second attempt. . . clean off another dop and try not to beat myself up about it. I can only imagine how much worse I would feel if I banged someone else’s stone against the side of the machine. I literally just shuddered at the thought. Try not to worry about it on my behalf, USFG!
For the record, I’m not sure if there was a ‘good’ way for the USFG to handle a situation like this. I’m sure they hoped to get the stones back before they had to tell everyone they were lost. Yes, I would have rather known immediately, but in the grand scheme of things, I suppose it makes little difference. By the way, there’s no information on the entry form or the rules that sets any expection for when we would get our stones returned anyway (I was worried about leaving my mailbox unchecked in mid-October 🙂
Now if ANYONE can tell me where I can get my woefully inadequate out-of-alightment Graves Mark IV serviced, I can start thinking about which piece of rough to use for a 4th attempt. Otherwise, my first competition stone will have to wait for a few more years so I can save up for that barely used left-handed UT I’ve been dreaming about 🙂