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The Florida Mid-Am final ended with a player getting punched in the face. Or did it?

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On paper–that is the Florida State Golf Association’s paper, not the police report–Marc Dull won the Florida Mid-Am when his opponent, Jeff Golden, withdrew.

Dull had just birdied the 16th hole to pull even, when the skies opened.

A FSGA statement on the final match indicates what happened next

“With the players on 17, play was halted by heavy rains. When conditions permitted play to continue nearly two and a half hours later, Golden was unable to continue due to an unfortunate injury and defaulted the match.”

Indeed, the statement is technically correct. However, it hardly tells the full story…and what a story it is.

Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner did some digging into the “unfortunate injury,” and what he found was certainly surprising.

Per a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office police report, Jeff Golden (the man who suffered the “unfortunate injury”) called police. Golden claimed he was assaulted in the Coral Creek Club parking lot by his opponent’s caddie. According to Golden, Dull’s caddie, Brandon Hibbs, punched him in the face.

Why in the world did this happen? Apparently, during the ninth hole of the Golden-Dull match, Golden asked Dull about the condition of one of the holes, inquiring as to whether the cup was damaged.

“Don’t worry about it,” Hibbs (again, this is Dull’s caddie) told Golden. “If you’re going to make it, you’re going around it.”

Following this, Golden told a rules official that he believed the caddie’s statement constituted advice (to Golden, who was not his player). Apparently/incredibly, the rules official agreed, and Golden was awarded the hole.

Hibbs, presumably furious, left the course at this point and returned to the clubhouse.

During the previously mentioned rain delay that interrupted the match, Golden claims Hibbs approached him in the parking lot while he was at his car getting additional clothing.

Per the report, Hibbs “approached him, apologized, then punched him on the left side of the face.”

Now this story would be ridiculous enough if these facts were agreed upon. However, Hibbs says the incident never happened. He claims after leaving the course, he was in the clubhouse during the entire rain delay.

Nobody saw the alleged attack, and there were no surveillance cameras trained on the parking lot. Further, Golden’s face was not swollen or cut and Hibbs’ hands showed no evidence that he’d punched anything.

Golden maintains he was punched and that his shirt had blood on it, also claiming that he suffered “concussion symptoms.”

Golden declined to press charges, and both Hibbs and Dull maintain nothing happened.

Per Ryan Lavner, FSGA executive director Jim Demick said that Golden “didn’t want to play anymore.”

“Regrettably, the golf course was very playable and Jeff understood that he needed to resume the match. I think he was just ready to go,” adding police “found absolutely no evidence of an assault.”

What do you make of this, GolfWRX members? The scales of justice don’t seem to be tipped in Mr. Golden’s favor, do they?

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  1. bjb

    May 22, 2018 at 1:17 am

    no marks on the face, no marks on the hand…and where would the blood on the shirt have come from? My guess is a McDonald’s ketchup packet. what a dumba$$

  2. Dave r

    May 21, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Full contact golf gotta love it.

  3. Draw down

    May 21, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Didn’t this guy used to caddie for Robert Allenby?

  4. Jack Nash

    May 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Just when you think you’ve seen or heard everything…….

  5. Dan

    May 21, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    What ignorant comments

  6. Sr

    May 21, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Well, it’s Florida. What do you expect from a bunch of silly rednecks

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

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Stephen Curry and Callaway Golf announce multi-year partnership with a focus on philanthropic and game-expanding initiatives

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Stephen Curry and Callaway Golf announced on Monday a new multi-year partnership which will see the two combine on philanthropic and game-expanding endeavors

Through the partnership, various initiatives will be implemented which the NBA star will undertake with a focus on expanding the game by making it more accessible to underserved and underrepresented youth.

Speaking on the partnership, Curry stated

“I am beyond excited for the opportunity to work with Callaway Golf. Their ability to think outside the box on how we can collectively grow the game of golf is second to none. I can’t wait to begin rolling out some of our ideas to make golf more accessible to boys and girls around the world.”

Recently, the 31-year-old helped Howard University launch their first-ever Division 1 Golf Program, with a pledge to fund the university’s men’s and women’s programs for the next six years. Subsequently, Callaway announced that they would be the official golf equipment provider for the program.

Curry is currently also the Executive Producer for the new ABC mini-golf show, “Holey Moley,” and according to Callaway, the new partnership will also feature co-produced original content in the spirit of Curry’s endeavors in golf.

Chip Brewer, President & CEO, Callaway Golf Company, stated on the partnership that

“We’ve found an incredibly like-minded partner in Stephen. His love of golf is something we at Callaway immediately connected with. And over time we realized we shared much more than that: a vision to create opportunities for access to the sport for people that might not have it. With our support, Stephen is uniquely positioned to create meaningful experiences in golf.”

 

 

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.21.19)

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