Doris Chen was disqualified from the LPGA Tour's qualifying event after deliberately hitting a ball moved from out of bounds back into play by an outside agency.
And the outside agency was Chen's mother Yuh-Guey Lin, according to Randell Mell of the Golf Channel.
"Ms. Chen and her caddie were made aware that the ball had been moved," the LPGA said in a statement, via Alan Bastable of Golf.com. "Doris elected to play the ball, which was a wrong ball by definition, from its altered lie.”
Chen's drive came to rest out of bounds on the 17th hole at Pinehurst No. 7. A nearby homeowner who was watching the event noticed the infraction and provided a description of the woman who moved the ball, according to Golf Channel, and Chen's mother was later identified.
Chen was the NCAA champion in 2014, and also won the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in 2010. She made only $643 in 12 events on the Symetra Tour in 2018.