Saturday, July 11, 2009
The Gentlemen's Sport - &+%$@*^%!
Golf rage attacks as player hits man with club over ball squabble
A golfer hit a fellow player with a club in a 'golf rage' attack because he thought the man had played his ball, a court heard.
By Nick Britten
7:00AM BST 02 Jun 2009
Harold Stafford hit a fellow player with a club in a 'golf rage' attack because he thought the man had played his ball Photo: GETTY
Harold Stafford, 54, flew into a rage and hit Barry Barnes, continuing to hit and kick him as he lay on the ground, it is alleged.
Mr Barnes was left with bruising to his eyes, cuts and bruises to his chest, and bruising to his back and his arms.
Natalie Carter, prosecuting, told Luton Crown Court, "Although golf is usually thought to be a relaxing pastime, on this day in September it was not."
Violence flared at the town's Stockwood Park Golf Course.
Mr Barnes said he and three friends were at the 13th hole when they noticed Stafford shouting at them from the third hole, parallel to them, where he and his two friends were playing.
The court heard Stafford approached Mr Barnes' group, accusing one of them of playing his ball. Mr Barnes said Stafford's shouting had caused him to miss a putt. With both men shouting and swearing at each other, Stafford hit Mr Barnes.
Stafford, from Luton, denies assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The trial continues.