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Man beaten with putter after asking to play through foursome

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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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Lexi Thompson violates Rules of Golf at Indy Women in Tech Championship

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During the third round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship, Lexi Thompson unknowingly ran afoul of the Rules of Golf.

Preferred lies–AKA lift, clean, and place–were in effect at soggy Brickyard Crossing. Thompson hit her drive at the par-5 10th hole wide right. It settled in the sixth fairway. Believing she was allowed to lift and clean any ball in the fairway, Thompson began to do so.

The rule, of course, only applies to balls that settle in one’s own fairway. Fortunately for Thompson, an official saw what was happening and stepped in to administer a penalty.

“Thankfully, Marty [the official] intervened before she hit her next shot,” Golf Channel’s Kay Cockerill reported. “Otherwise, she would have been hitting from the wrong spot, and it would have been a two-shot penalty. So, in a sense, it saved her a shot.”

The LPGA issued this statement.

“While playing the third round of the 2018 Indy Women in Tech Championship, Lexi Thompson incurred a one-stroke penalty for breach of the preferred lies local Rule (Appendix IA Part 3b Course Conditions).”

“The Committee adopted the preferred lies local Rule due to the turf conditions of the golf course after receiving over an inch of rain. The LPGA, under the local Rule, restricts the player from preferring her lie when her ball lies in a closely-mown area of a hole other than the one being played.”

“During the play of hole #10, Thompson’s tee shot came to rest in the fairway of hole #6. As Thompson’s ball lay on the fairway of hole #6, she was not entitled to prefer her lie.”

“She preferred her lie in breach of the local Rule but prior to playing her stroke from a wrong place (Rule 20-7), she was questioned by a Rules official regarding her actions. As she had not played her stroke from the preferred spot, she did not receive the general penalty of two-strokes under the local Rule. However, she did incur a one-stroke penalty under Rule 18-2 for lifting her ball at rest without authority.”

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Joe LaCava, Tiger Woods’ caddie, paid a heckler $25 to leave at the WGC-Bridgestone

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While Steve Williams would likely have taken a different route, Tiger Woods’ current caddie admitted to bribing a fan to leave his boss alone.

LaCava called into ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” and told a tale of paying of a heckler at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

LaCava said the man heckled Woods throughout his final round at the Bridgestone, and on the 14th hole, LaCava interceded, telling the man to check out action elsewhere on the course. Interestingly/absurdly, the man said he would be happy to, provided LaCava reimburse him for his ticket.

Here’s the full transcript c/o ESPN.

Mike Golic: “Did you have any issues with the people at Bellerive?”

Joe LaCava: “Not at all, and you hit it right on the head, 99 percent of the guys and women are behind Tiger, pushing for Tiger. They want to see good golf in general they’re not anti-the-other-guys, but they’re certainly rooting for Tiger more so than the other guys. But, funny you guys ask that question. The week before in Akron, I had a little incident with a guy who was harassing my guy on the 14th hole at Akron the last day outside the ropes, roughening him up pretty good. And I said, hey listen bud, why do you gotta go there? Everyone’s having a good time, everyone’s pulling for Tiger. You don’t like the guy that’s one thing, but you don’t to be yelling at my guy, screaming negative stuff like that. And I said at the end of the day, if you affect him, his performance, it effects my bottomline. So he calls me a couple names and I go back and forth with the guy, and I say why don’t you just leave. And he says well if you give me $25 for the ticket that I bought today I’ll leave. And I said here you go, here’s $25.”

Mike: “Did he leave?”

Joe: “So I whip out $25 and he starts to go down the 14th fairway toward the green. I say look pal $25 is $25 you gotta head the other way. So he starts to head the other way, he goes 20 yards down the line, then he calls me a certain other, a swear word. So I run 20 yards back the other way and I’m going face to face with this guy. And all the sudden Tiger’s looking for a yardage, and I’m in it with this guy 20 yards down the line. So some cop has to come in, push this guy outta the way, and take him outta the tournament.

Mike: “So what did Tiger say when you came back to give him the yardage?”

Joe: “Well that’s a great question. We were so far to the right of the trees, and he was on his third shot believe it or not, we were still 150 yards away from the green, and he didn’t really know what happened. He heard the commotion, he heard the guy yelling at him, so we talked about it after the fact, but he didn’t really know how it developed. And he says I was wondering what happened, and he goes normally it wouldn’t that long to get a yardage. I said well a little incident down the road. He didn’t have a problem with it, and actually I gotta standing ovation for kicking the guy outta there.

Security probably should have happened sooner when LaCava was $25 richer.

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A brief cart ride (by his caddie) has big implications for Akshay Bhatia at the U.S. Amateur

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16-year-old Akshay Bhatia may be looking for a new caddie for his next event. The rising star of amateur golf was penalized when his caddie accepted a ride on a golf cart at the 14th hole during the round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur.

Bhatia would go on to lose to Bradford Tilley.

The match was all square at the 14th. Chris Darnell, Bhatia’s caddie, made a pit stop at the bathroom after Bhatia hit his approach. While the player walked to the green, Darnell was approached by what he believed was a USGA official driving a golf cart.

“The gentleman was wearing a USGA pullover,” Darnell said afterward. “I asked if I could get a ride to the green to keep up pace, and he said yes. So I hopped on the back, got up to the green, hopped off and thought nothing of it.”

Of course, neither players nor caddies can ride on any form of transportation during the round unless authorized, per the Rules of Golf. Bhatia was penalized accordingly and lost the hole after a (real) official spotted the infraction.

Particularly frustrating for the golfer was the fact that he had birdied the par-5 and believed he was going 1 up on his opponent, only to find out they were all square.

As mentioned, Bhatia would go on to lose in 19 holes.

Adding another layer to this drama, Darnell said Tilley’s caddie had done the same thing earlier in the match.

“I had already seen the other caddie in our group do it on the ninth hole,” Darnell said. “Same thing – USGA pullover, drove him from the bathroom up to the fairway – so I assumed it was fine. I didn’t point it out at the time because everything seemed kosher. He had the USGA stuff on, and I didn’t think anything of it.”

What are the chances Tilley or his caddie admit to the infraction now? And who is this mystery idiot who loves the USGA enough to drape himself in their garb but is daft enough to blatantly break a straightforward rule of competition?

Dumb rule? Certainly in this sense. But so many situations exist in amateur play that you can understand why the USGA would level a prohibition on transportation. Still, shouldn’t there be some room for interpretation? It’s difficult to argue Bhatia himself gained any advantage…

What do you think, GolfWRX members?

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