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If you were truly insensitive, you might say Kickingbird Golf Course ought to be called Hittinghuman…as in whacking your fellow man in the head with a putter.

Yes, folks, that’s exactly what happened at an Edmond golf course, according to Oklahoma News 4. 

Following in the footsteps of recent golf etiquette debates that have turned violent, it sounds like things got violent when a single asked to play through a foursome.

Now, before laying out the details, here’s a question: Is it ever appropriate for a foursome not to let a single play through? Have you ever encountered a situation on course where said solo player shouldn’t be waved on?

Anyway, the 55-year-old victim, claims he approached the foursome about playing through. 67-year-old Eddie Aday, a member of the group, essentially told him no, and apparently to bolster his authority, told the victim he was a volunteer at the golf course.

The victim said he didn’t care, and Aday didn’t take this well, getting “nose to nose” with the victim. With Aday refusing to get out of the victim’s face, the victim shoved Aday away.

“It escalated to the point that the victim was being hit in the head with a putter and the top of his head and the front of the head, and then another member of that foursome hit him from behind,” said Jenny Wagnon of the Edmond Police Department.

Eventually, another member of the group broke up the fight. The two suspects who allegedly hit the victim claim it was the victim who was the aggressor, but the evidence suggests otherwise.

And lest we think these are merely geriatrics tapping one another with golf clubs: The victim needed three staples and 10 stitches to close his wounds.

Both suspects are now charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

How could it ever have been appropriate not to let the golfer play through? And regardless of what the victim may have said, hitting him in the head with a putter? Ego bruising because he didn’t recognize your primacy as an off-duty ranger at the course? Come on.

While the Rules of Golf are important, incidents like this show how abiding by the unwritten rules of decency on course are even more vital.

(featured image credit Oklahoma News 4)

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  1. Midwest Blade

    Jun 6, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    If the hole in front was open they should have let the victim play through but fully agree if the course is full ahead better just to have some patience. The golf course should never have let out a single if the course was busy, match him up or if need be send him out as a fifth with some group.

    These guys look like a couple of “Trumpers” thought I saw them standing behind the podium at one of the rallies.

    Golf does not need idiots like these two.

    • Jamie

      Jun 6, 2018 at 5:46 pm

      It was a Tuesday at Noon. Open course. Politics have nothing to do with manners. But since you invoked the idea, Trumpers, Clintonites, and everybody else who derives their self-worth from politics are all useless eaters.

    • Bradley Read

      Jun 6, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Hey dude…don’t bring your liberal politics into it unless you want your punk a$$ beaten will all 14 of my clubs.

    • Geohogan

      Jun 7, 2018 at 10:48 am

      The Neanderthal genome offers further evidence that this ancient hominid species mated and interbred with the ancestors of modern humans.

      These guys look like a couple of “Trumpers” thought I saw them standing behind the podium at one of the rallies.

      Golf does not need idiots like these …..SO CORRECT

      • bruce

        Jun 7, 2018 at 3:50 pm

        Deplorable troglodites? Not like polite handsome Hillary miscreants!

    • Geohogan

      Jun 7, 2018 at 5:46 pm

      https://www.cartoonstock.com/cartoonview.asp?catref=tobn74

      Eddie just out ‘clubbing’, like all good Neanderthal.

  2. Bob Jones

    Jun 6, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Sometimes it’s just easier for a single to walk ahead and skip a hole if the course is open. You don’t need anyone’s permission to do that.

    • bruce

      Jun 7, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Absolutely correct and the only polite etiquette. Skip the hole.

  3. Leo Nicole

    Jun 6, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Answer to your question: It is appropriate for a foursome not to let a single play through when the course is full. If all the singles on a full course play through, it would slow things down terribly.
    You write “evidence suggests otherwise,” but don’t provide the evidence. That’s bad reporting.
    You ask twice how it could it ever be appropriate not to let a golfer play through. That’s bad writing.
    You write the volunteer was an off-duty ranger at the course. You are wrong.

    • bill_ig

      Jun 6, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      From the linked article published by OK News 4:
      “Both suspects claim the victim initiated the attack and that the two men were ‘jousting back and forth,’ but police say based on the victim’s injuries and other evidence collected during their investigation, they don’t believe that’s true.”

      The GolfWrx author accurately provided the gist of the original report.

  4. moe

    Jun 6, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Many years ago, when I joined a golf club, part of your fees went to providing you with a Golf rules book. You were expected to read and comply with the rules, definitions and etiquette sections. Time was that a single had no standing on the course, but that has been revised. Many older golfers no longer play by the rules and my current club doesn’t bother handing out rule books. Subsequently, many people are out on the course with no clue as to the proper behavior or the rules. I find this very frustrating.
    The guys involved in this incident remind me of many of the retired players I find myself playing with now…. they don’t care about anything or anyone else.

  5. Nigel

    Jun 6, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    So who beat who? I’m guessing the cop looking guy on the left was beaten by the trailer park alcoholic looking guy on the right that appears to have ridden a motorcycle backward to that photo shoot.

  6. Doug

    Jun 6, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    I make it a point to address the situation with the party behind me. If we are a twosome or threesome and caught up with the group in front, I offer to let the single join our group. If there is a clear hole in front I offer to let the single play through and be as friendly and encouraging as possible. If you are proactive and friendly about doing the right thing, there won’t be many problems. As for my own group, I have no trouble telling playing partners to be more efficient with their behavior so we can pick up the pace.

  7. Jamie

    Jun 6, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Happened on Tuesday, May 8th, Noonish. Course was wide open.

    • Jamie

      Jun 6, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      No defense for the opiod-fueled Boomer with a weapon or the coward mutt Boomer who attacked from behind.

  8. Nigel

    Jun 6, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    EVERYONE KNOWS YOU USE A BEATER NOT A PUTTER TO BEAT A PERSON.

  9. Greg

    Jun 6, 2018 at 11:26 am

    If a solo is playing during a low volume/traffic time of day with very few groups on the course there is no reason why he/she should not be allowed to play through – absolutely. However, if he/she is playing on a weekday or weekend morning with a full tee sheet and the golfer demands to play solo, the starter should make him/her aware that groups ahead of him/her are NOT required to wave him/her through. The reason for this is that it will in the long run slow play up for all the groups ahead of him, the only group that will actually play faster is the solo. In this instance the solo cannot and should not expect to just plow through all the groups ahead of him just because he is playing solo – that is NOT how it works when the course is packed. A good starter will ensure that the solo be hooked up and join an existing group that is preparing to tee off the first hole.

    • Tom

      Jun 6, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      In general, singles have no standing. That said, courtesy is another thing.

    • moe

      Jun 6, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      Read the etiquette section of the rules book; specifically pace of play. “…Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should invite the faster-moving group to play through” A group includes a single. I have been forced into playing alone and waiting all day long including arriving at the tee before the group ahead has teed off and not been invited to play through….while I was riding in a power cart and they were waling!!!

  10. Chisag

    Jun 6, 2018 at 11:23 am

    I play as a single quite often because of my schedule. I expect 2/3/4somes to let me play thru if the holes are empty in front of them. If there are groups in front of them I do not ask and just hang back. If they offer to let me play thru, I thank them and decline because I am going to be in the same position in front of them as I was behind them.

    • Greg

      Jun 6, 2018 at 11:58 am

      Unfortunately, not enough solo and twosomes understand the situation you just described. You explained it perfectly.

    • Ralph

      Jun 6, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      Chisag,
      I concur and appreciate your comment. IF there is an open hole in front of a foursome it may well be that the foresome is not maintaining their rate of play. Nonetheless, having said this, foursomes do have the right to refuse, etiquette aside.

    • frank cichon

      Jun 7, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      That is what I do.

  11. fastfade

    Jun 6, 2018 at 8:26 am

    what’s so wrong with just letting him play thru. or go around? much easier & faster for all concerned. well, unless your a volunteer or some kind of idiot.

  12. ogo

    Jun 6, 2018 at 1:53 am

    A solo golfer should not be on the course if it’s full of two/foursomes. The lone golfer should only be on the course during twilight golf during low traffic and not expect to play 18 consecutive holes should he bump up against a group. He should stay behind or just walk past the group and skip the hole.

    • The dude

      Jun 6, 2018 at 2:35 am

      ….dumb

    • henry

      Jun 6, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Youre talking as though playing solo is ones own fault. The starter makes the choice to send a solo out or not. Get a grip.

      • ogo

        Jun 6, 2018 at 3:55 pm

        Then the starter is wrong to inject a lone golfer between groups. If the lone golfer is playing during twilight golf then he should just skip the busy hole because it’s very rude to slow down a foursome. Play solo golf when the course is near empty.

  13. Lee

    Jun 6, 2018 at 1:00 am

    I’ve actually seen it expressly written that playing through is not allowed on weekends because the course is already backed up as it is.

    • steve

      Jun 7, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      That sounds like a whole different problem. Stop trying to jam so many golfers on the course at the same time. And they say golf is dying.

  14. ACTUAL FACTS

    Jun 5, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Thugs

  15. JB

    Jun 5, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Normally the group up front would get the hint but like a slow guy In the fast lane who can’t seem to go with the program I’d just press the pedals some more and hope they’d move to the side. The d-bag in me says to Maybe launch a few “from the trees” and “apologize.” Or wait for that one blind hole and launch a drive over their heads. After all its easier to apologize than it is to ask for permission now a days. I think I still have the fog horn somewhere in my bag….hmmm

  16. J

    Jun 5, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    I look forward to the day when someone takes a swing at me with a putter… I’ve been involved in some heated on course shenanigans before but few people actually have the guts to throw down. People should be more careful.. Give someone a green light to swing away and you might just get lit up.

    • DD Dillard

      Jun 6, 2018 at 11:03 am

      What is wrong with you/

    • Law Prof

      Jun 7, 2018 at 12:53 am

      Maybe you need to find a new hobby there, sport, if you’ve “been involved in some heated on course shenanigans” and “look forward to the day” when you can “throw down”. Actually, my guess is you’re either 135 lbs dripping wet or 60 lbs overweight with flabby arms and couldn’t successfully “throw down” with my wife.

  17. Bruce Ferguson

    Jun 5, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    If they denied me playing through, and no one was behind me, I’d just turn it into a practice round. Tee off two or three balls and play ’em. If they see you doing that behind them, you’ve bruised their ego as much as asking to play through.

    • Justin

      Jun 5, 2018 at 10:35 pm

      A++

    • The dude

      Jun 6, 2018 at 2:38 am

      …ya because that’s his goal…to bruise someone’s ego……really dumb comment

    • Tom

      Jun 6, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      Most clubs/courses do not allow practicing on the course.

  18. GolfDonkey

    Jun 5, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    I suppose it’s a good thing the putter was face balanced; a 4:30 toe hang would have been gross.

  19. WestPhi

    Jun 5, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    I’m finding more and more trashy people on courses these days, who know nothing about how to play the game, the etiquette, and think that just because they are playing golf they are somehow magically better people than they really are…Golf courses should require an etiquette class in order to play.

    • Boyo

      Jun 7, 2018 at 6:39 am

      Same types who could be bothered to fix a ball mark, rake a bunker, or replace a divot.

    • frank cichon

      Jun 7, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      They have it right in Europe…you need to have a card to play full length golf courses. Same as driving a car…we are getting more roundabouts in the Vancouver BC are and most people have not got a clue what to do when entering one. Some roundabouts in Europe make our small ones in Vancouver look like pitch n putt courses compared to to a 7400 yard US Open course.

  20. CW

    Jun 5, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Angry white old men with nothing better to do than not to understand golf rules.
    If you dont let faster players play through,you should be kicked out of both the course and golf club because you are NOT a real golfer..

  21. Bill

    Jun 5, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    What idiots !
    One’d think they’ve had enough life experience to know what’s right from wrong ?
    Right or wrong, noting is worth hurting somebody, losers in life !

    • Raven

      Jun 6, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      Idiots for sure – the putter is the most sacred tool in the bag. A 6 or 7 iron gets a good combo of swing speed and maneuverability, while a wedge or utility club might be easier to replace if the irons are part of an old set. Joking aside, there is rarely an excuse for this kind of behaviour.

  22. Law Prof

    Jun 5, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    I once was playing behind a foursome of rank beginners, based on the swings and results, not one could break 120. Walked up behind them and mildly asked “Mind if I play through?’ A couple of them huffed and puffed and really bristled, thought there might be a confrontation, but they finally said “Well…OK!” Figured they were such newbies, they had no idea this was common courtesy and I wasn’t trying to insult them necessarily, just trying to play my round (on a day the course was fairly empty) in less than six or seven hours. Bombed my best drive of the day (I usually dub the ball when playing through, don’t we all?) and moved on so fast they had no time to think more of it.

  23. Law Prof

    Jun 5, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    This is a clueless course ranger indeed. Seems like this is precisely the sort of thing a ranger’s for: to remind a foursome that yes, of course they should wave the single through to keep play moving along. Kind of unclear on the concept.

  24. BW

    Jun 5, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Boomers of course.

  25. Dave

    Jun 5, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Golfers, just like many others, are jerks. I’ve seen many rude and ugly situations, regarding singles on a golf course. At my dying club, years ago, on weekend and holiday mornings, the chosen wanted no one on the course until they were done.

    I personally witnessed a few outbursts, which almost ended in disaster.

    Which is is why my club is near death.

  26. Lovejoy

    Jun 5, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Was it a ‘foursome’ or as seems more likely a ‘fourball’?

    In either event the article is nothing but sanctimonious claptrap.

  27. JR

    Jun 5, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    people are getting emboldened to do whatever they want with the current administration setting the example.

    • Dave

      Jun 5, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      idiotic comment

      • Mark

        Jun 5, 2018 at 1:48 pm

        +1

      • Justin

        Jun 5, 2018 at 10:43 pm

        I agree Dave – but only if he is referring to the insecure narcissistic sociopath and all of his cronies who are currently residing in our nation’s white house. In that case, the use of ‘administration’ in reference to him and them would clearly be an oxymoron.

        • blue steel

          Jun 6, 2018 at 11:14 am

          You are correct on all accounts. That being said. STILL BETTER THAN HILLARY

    • Don Dust

      Jun 5, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      maybe the guy using the putter can go to white house in place of the eagles. They only like winners there 😛

  28. Tom B

    Jun 5, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    There is a time when it’s appropriate not to let a single play through… When the course is backed up, and you’re already waiting on a group (or multiple groups in front of you).

    • broseph

      Jun 5, 2018 at 7:58 pm

      Was going to say this also

      • steve

        Jun 5, 2018 at 9:04 pm

        thats very true. I asked a foursome to go through and they were already backed up. i assessed the situation and agreed not to go though. however, there were no mention of this in this article and whatever was the situation, hitting and hurting someone is stupid and best way to end up in jail and waste whole lot of money for lawyers.

  29. 2putttom

    Jun 5, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    this could well be side affects from abuse of nugenix . …. lol

  30. James

    Jun 5, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Add it to the list of why golf is dying. Just kick the bucket worthless Boomers who are devolving into children.

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Baba Booey for Life! Does this GolfWRX member have a point?

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Oh boy, here’s a heater. On the subject of Baba Booey-ing at golf tournaments, WRX member Stickner started a thread, writing

“For those that think nois.e while a player hits shouldn’t be allowed, you must also believe that fans should NEVER make noise.

“A player with a large gallery jars a 70 footer for eagle to take the lead. The crowd erupts! This should not be allowed.

“Why you ask? There are other golfers well within earshot of the noise. This could disrupt their game. Why does the nearby player you can see deserve the “courtesy of quiet” but the one 400 yards away that you can’t see doesn’t?

“We have all seen players back off because the crowd erupted on another hole. What happens when that eruption happens in the backswing right before the player is about to transition to the downswing? Those boisterous hooligans need to keep their traps shut as this is a gentleman’s game right?

“Being quiet while someone plays golf is silly. My guess is that the elitist snobs that played this game a century ago needed a scapegoat when hitting a bad shot and noise became their scapegoat.”

He wraps his rant in, well, the most appropriate way possible: “BABA BOOEY FOR LIFE B&^%HES!”

Now, this flies in the face of the “isolated noise during the golf swing is extremely distracting” argument that is popularly leveled in defense of silence. But let’s see what GolfWRX members think about Stickner’s comments.

MtlJeff says

“While i am not in favor of intentionally yelling during a swing, your point is an interesting one. I hadn’t really thought of it like that, the loud roars often get overlooked when it comes to the “distracting noise” narrative.”

Eagle1997 says

“Planned vs. Spontaneous. Jabroni Factor only applies to one.”

Blackngold_blood says

“I am fine with cheering for a great shot or groaning for a bad one. My problem with…bababooey and mashed potatoes is the fact that it has nothing to do with GOLF! All the person is doing is screaming “Look at me, I need attention!” Or how about the even less classy “How’s your ankle” that was shouted at Finau after he hit his last approach to 18. I get the point that these are professional athletes and golf is becoming more mainstream but the immature comments need to stop.”

Naptime says

“Background noises and distant noises can be perceived as while noise. If you play next to a highway you adapt and become less aware of it. But if a trucker blasts a horn in your swing it would startle and at least for me would probably result in a hot grounder to third base. Yelling Baba Booey or any other lame comment after a swing doesn’t startle the swinger, just make the shouter sound like a doofus who can’t hold his alcohol.”

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Does Stickner have a point? Should the rules of the wider sports world apply to golf, or does golf fandom require a particular understanding of when to be quiet and when to cheer?

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Both Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth laughed at Phil Mickelson’s 13th hole antics

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The image of 48-year-old Phil Mickelson jogging after his golf ball on the 13th green at Shinnecock, Saturday, was bizarrely comedic. Even if you condemn Mickelson in the strongest of terms, taken on its face, the scene is a silly one.

That said, it’s interesting that two of the biggest names in the game had the same response: laughter.

Speaking before the Travelers Championship, Rory McIlroy said

“I saw what happened…and honestly, I laughed. I felt there was a massive overreaction to it. Knowing Phil, he knew what he was doing, and as a player who has been in that head space before in a tournament, I can see it happening.”

Jordan Spieth voiced similar sentiments earlier in the week

“I laughed, I thought it was really funny…Phil knows the rules…There was a chance it was going to go back behind the bunker and he’s got to chip back, or he was going to play off the green anyways, so he was potentially saving himself a shot. So if that was the intent, then what’s the harm in that? He’s playing the best score he can.”

There are a couple of widely different perspectives (and plenty in-between) here.

One: Thank goodness Spieth and McIlroy aren’t uptight dogmatists when it comes to the rules, and they appreciate the humor in an absurd situation.

Two: Spieth and McIlroy, as significant figures in the game, ought to stand up for the integrity of the rules of golf, condemning Mickelson’s behavior…and perhaps question whether disqualification was in order (as Jason Day and other pros have done).

Which camp you find yourself in likely aligns with how you view the Mickelson incident: A humorous and well-deserved middle finger to the USGA or a reprehensible act for which Mickelson was not sufficiently punished?

Beneath Mickelson’s behavior and the responses of McIlroy and Spieth is the ever-growing rift between the USGA and PGA Tour players–as well as a level of annoyance with/disdain for the organization’s Rules of Golf.

Remembering how Mickelson spearheaded the overhaul of the PGA of America-run U.S. Ryder Cup team and its procedures when he called out captain Tom Watson in 2014, it was the same sort of situation: “Is this calculated, or has he lost his mind?” everyone seemed to be asking.

In the wake of those remarks, players rallied behind the veteran, and he assumed a leadership position in the reform effort. Whether we see something similar with respect to the pros and the USGA/U.S. Open, it certainly looks like the political will for change is there among Tour players, as McIlroy and Spieth’s remarks suggest.

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In other Phil Mickelson news…robot-delivered food

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Not an Onion story; real thing that is actually happening here. Phil Mickelson and his manager/business partner, Steve Loy have signed a deal with Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, Inc. and its flagship subsidiary, Reis & Irvy’s, to open 30 yogurt locations in San Diego.

We’ll just quote directly from the press release, because, who can paraphrase language like this?

“Reis & Irvy’s-branded signature robot characters of the same name can dispense servings of frozen yogurt, ice cream, gelatos and sorbet topped with a selection of six delicious toppings in under 60 seconds. With self-checkout touch screen ordering and payment options, video animation, music and delicious frozen dessert provided exclusively by Dannon, robot vendors meet consumer demand for convenience, entertainment and a superior quality product.”

Mickelson and Loy are reportedly keen to challenge the status quo in food retail.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of such transformative industry change,” says Mickelson. “I’ve pushed boundaries my whole career and that mindset carries over into the business world. The energy and passion from the Generation NEXT team to both deliver a quality product and disrupt food retail is exciting.”

Reis & Irvy’s has awarded $130 million in franchise and licensing contracts since its launch in 2016.

Dress shirts on course. Robo froyo. What will Phil do next, indeed.

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