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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 13 2013 4:35 p.m. MDT

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ThornBirds
St.George, Utah

Those individuals who go from 0 to 10 on the anger/violence scale in a few seconds, need to stay away from the rest of us.
They can get their physical exercise in their basement or garage going at a punching bag.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Getting punched can cause serious injury or even death. There is no reason anybody has to put up with it. Not George Zimmerman not anybody.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

This is the difference in sports and sportsmanship, sports is a violent game of aggression win or lose has nothing to do with it. Sports is about intimidation and fear challenging someone to an altercation. Sportsmanship, is the friendlier game where the playing is to enjoy the playing and outcome is of little value.

This was uncalled for reaction of the angry golfer and should be held accountable, but it was not good idea to be in a spot on the golf course and a ball lands near you to pick it up knowing it was in play.

It was a mistake on both sides but anger and sports don't mix and uncalled for.

WRK
Riverton, UT

Not playing golf much, but knowing that it costs a bit to golf, I would assume that when I am playing (having paid for tee times and all) anywhere around me is my spot. A ball that lands in my spot, therefore becomes my ball; considering that the ball came towards me at a dangerous speed and could have caused me bodily harm, this makes that ball more my ball and I would have picked it up. I also would have pressed charges for the individual hitting me and would have tried to get him a jail sentence.

Good grief, it's just a game (not even a sport).

FreedomFighter41
Provo, UT

Wow! Sports rage! Again!

Remember the soccer referee? Now this?

When will people learn?

MrsH
Altamont, UT

WRK, good post.

I hope someone reads this and turns the guy in. There's no call for punching someone that hard because of a golf ball!!!

Yikes, what is this world coming to?

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

1) The guy was on the green putting the article says. So for the guy who hit the ball, your ball is either OB and you have to drop anyway. Or, you pick your ball up and move on anyway because you are not suppose to hit a iron or wood off of a green.

2) The guy who punched him is described as a late 20's to early 30's gentleman. And you punched a 65 year old man. What a tough guy you are. The guy maybe should have left the ball and pointed it out. But if you are hitting into those in front of you, you are then wrong. You can pass, this is why they have Marshalls out there.

3) Control yourself it is a public course, this is not the PGA. Are you kidding me? I hope you are turned in or caught, then they can just read the same info as for the kid and the soccer referee.

Disappointing that there are people like this out there. Disappointing.

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

I can tell you right now if somebody punched my dad while I was golfing with him... the guy who threw the punch would be going to the hospital. Getting irritated at other golfers is normal. Escalating it to assaulting an older man is cowardly. Nothing less. He will get caught. I bet he bragged to some of his friends about it. He will be in jail shortly, hopefully.

Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT

Somewhat the same comment as UtahBruin. If you are on the green putting and someone hits into you while you are on the green, the guy hitting should have yelled "fore" or better yet, waited until they were off the green to hit. Second, assault charges should have been filed right then an there. Not three weeks later. Finally, some young punk in his 20's-30's should feel real tough beating up a 65 year old man. Where were his friends and playing partners to control this man? I hope they find him and he is shamed at what he did.

sjc
layton, UT

Golfers need to get a grip. You are NOT athletes; you are playing at a hobby. No one on earth besides you cares what you scored.

WRK
Riverton, UT

@sjc, see my post above. I liked your comment. It made me laugh because it is so true.

WaybackCougar
Salt Lake City, UT

Good point, sjc, the grip is one of the most important elements in golf. If I had a better grip, I'd definitely be a better golfer!

Neanderthal
Pheonix, AZ

@MrsH:
"I hope someone reads this and turns the guy in."

It shouldn't be that tough...

Have the investigative police go to the club house and look at the list of players with T-times close to yours on the same day. Get the names and addresses... can't be that many. Then scout them out.

"There's no call for punching someone that hard because of a golf ball!!!"

There's no call for punching a soccer ref either... who is no longer with us.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

cjb, you couldn't resist putting in a dig against a minor, Trayvon Martin, but I look at it this way, George Zimmerman was the adult in the situation and he made poor choices unbecoming of a mature person. He may have not served time in prison for aggravating a situation to a point where Martin stood his ground and defended himself against Zimmerman (a stalker with a gun) and was subsequently killed. Fortunately, Zimmerman is living in a torment of his own making.

EdGrady
Idaho Falls, ID

Fighting in church - fighting on golf courses. What's the deal with Utahans?

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

This is also a reminder that assault should always be reported at the time of the incident regardless of how much injury is inflicted. The time to hold the assailant accountable was at the time of the incident, now it will much more difficult to find and arrest him. Do we need anymore evidence of what a violent society we have become (violence...NOT gun violence). Hope they find this guy and hold him accountable. What a cowardly act on a 65 yr old...crazy.

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

I agree with Neanderthal....

Why not go to the club house and look at who the tee times where assigned to, investigate those names and I am sure something will turn up. I know not everyone is listed on the tee time, but it is a pretty good place to start I think.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

UtahBruin and Neanderthal:
The article said single and double golfers didn't have to have tee times so they might not be able to get info from that.

washcomom
Beaverton, OR

There is the fact that there was a soccer referee who lost his life because of a similar punch. These fist altercations are SERIOUS ASSAULTS! What hot head has really lost it this time? I'm sure he knows who he is, and what he has done. Will he be man enough to stand up and say, "I did it. I was the one."

redshirt007
tranquility base, 00

Good thing nobody had a gun.

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