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Weird golf news of the week: Man gets one-year ban from golf club for alleged "lesbian comment"

A UK man has been given a one-year ban from all Dundee (Scotland) golf clubs for a recent "lesbian comment," according to DeadlineNews.co.uk.

The incident occurred in September and involved William Webster, 75, and a new member of the Caird Park Golf Club bar staff. According to authorities, Webster was "intimidating." According to Webster, he was just being "flippant."

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"I thought she was a student," said Mr Webster, who has been playing golf there for 10 years. "But she said this was her permanent job. I said, 'You are aware of the homosexuality of your surroundings?

"And then I said, 'I hope they don't tamper with you'."

According to Webster, who claims he doesn't have a problem with homosexuals, the conversation after was "quite normal" and "happy go lucky."

But things got serious when police paid him a visit at 10 p.m. that night and warned him about being charged with a hate crime. "I was told, 'You can be arrested for homophobia,'" he said.

Webster tries to meet up with friends to play golf every day. "I'm missing my friends. I'm a widower. I live on my own and don't have any family in Dundee." Here he is pictured with a new set of golf clubs he bought earlier this year. Apparently, he's a big Ping guy.

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Just last week on the PGA Tour, Patrick Reed was caught on TV uttering a gay slur. Reed will probably receive a fine, but we're pretty sure the police didn't come to his door.

"I was totally surprised by what happened," Webster said. "There is no freedom of speech."

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Weird golf news of the week: Fleet of golf carts stolen from private club

Golf carts get stolen all the time, but they're usually abandoned after being used for late-night, alcohol-influenced joy rides that wreak havoc on golf courses. Not this time.

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According to NJ.com, eight golf carts were stolen from the Hollywood Golf Course, a private club in Ocean Township, N.J. Police say the gas-powered Club Car carts were taken sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

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The report says the thieves, who have yet to be caught, cut a hole in a chain-link fence on a dead end street. Police believe the carts were then loaded onto a trailer.

That certainly makes sense. A clean getaway on eight separate carts, particularly ones that run on gas, would have been a bit tricky.

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Weird golf news: Man uses golf club as a weapon to defend church from burglar

It goes without saying you should never steal from anyone, let alone a church. But if you are dumb enough to do it, make sure you stay away from a particular church in the Beacon Hill area of Seattle.

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Komo News reported the church's caretaker saw a suspicious man coming out of the basement he had broken into. The caretaker grabbed a golf club, chased the man down and struck him, breaking the club. Hopefully, it wasn't a new driver.

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The caretaker the repeatedly punched the suspect, who apparently had been preparing to steal a pair of bicycles, before eventually the cops showed up and arrested him.

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No word yet on if the caretaker has chosen to replace his weapon/club or if he's going to have the old one reshafted.

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Weird golf news of the week: Georgia residents fight for increased golf cart rights

Owning golf carts has become commonplace in Chatham County, Ga. Unfortunately, for most residents, the use of those vehicles away from the golf course is for the most part illegal. At least, for now.

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Residents are fighting a state law that prohibits the use of golf carts and similar vehicles on public roadways (except in communities that adopt specific ordinances), according to this comprehensive report from the Savannah Morning News. An updated version of the law that went into effect in July has caused more people to be pulled over by police while driving these "personal transportation vehicles" and Savannah-area residents are not happy.

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County Commissioner Helen Stone says she's probably received more letters complaining about golf cart restrictions than any other issue.

"I think I've gotten close to 50 emails urging us please to look at something to allow golf carts, especially in the area of Isle of Hope," Stone said.

Lawmakers argue that driving golf carts is a safety issue. The smaller vehicles generally don't have features like turn signals and seat belts.

Residents argue golf carts help cut down accidents, deter crime, and play a big role in the area's social scene.

"It's very much become part of the lifestyle out here," said resident Jeremy Summerell. "We live on an island where we don't have a lot of traffic."

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Stone said areas with lower speed limits, less traffic, and smaller roads could see the use of golf carts on public roads legalized sooner, but it won't be for awhile.

"It's going to take a little bit of time," Stone said. "I hate for people not to be able to use them. They're environmentally friendly. They're a good way for people to socialize and be out. . . . But we've got to look at all of the safety issues surrounding the situation."

So there's hope for the Isle of Hope in its golf cart crusade. In the meantime, keep it to cart path only if you don't want any trouble with the authorities.

(h/t Savannahnow.com)

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Weird golf news of the week: Man loses 83-day court appeal over handicap dispute

This might be the weird golf news story to top all weird golf news stories in 2014.

We'll start with the basics. On Thursday, Thomas Talbot, a retired insurance official in Dublin was denied an appeal in an Irish court in which he claimed his former golf club had defamed him by accusing him of having a false handicap.

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If that's not crazy enough, the appeal took 83(!) days in Ireland's High and Supreme Courts before finally being rejected. Justice Susan Denham helped make the ruling and said the system, "would benefit by further development and use of case management so the best use can be made of scarce court resources for the benefit of all litigants." Gee, do you think?

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Talbot was suing the Hermitage Golf Club, one of its officers, Eddie Murphy (great name!), and the Golfing Union of Ireland. He felt the club was accusing him of cheating when it sent him a certificate that gave him a 13 handicap, accompanied by the phrase: "General Play (Handicap Building)."

Essentially, Talbot thought the club was accusing him of artificially inflating his handicap. Of course, that would anger any golfer -- although not as much if true -- but taking the club to court? Really? Oh yeah, and this all happened in 2003!

It gets weirder. Apparently, in 2004, Talbot, who also unsuccessfully sued the club for conspiring against him, got into a confrontation with the club's manager over the certificate he received and was suspended. According to Laois Nationalist, Talbot is the third person to be suspended by the club in 40 years. The other two were suspended for abuse of club property and singing songs with inappropriate words in mixed company. OK then.

Talbot, 77, now faces a rather large legal bill. Just a guess, but this decade-long pursuit of clearing his name as a sandbagger probably wasn't worth it.

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This is why you don't do radio interviews while you're driving...

Odds are, you've probably heard a few radio interviews regarding the Ryder Cup the past couple days. But we doubt you've heard any that ended quite like this.

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Melbourne Radio's Mark Allen, a former Australian golf professional, was giving his thoughts on the action at Gleneagles while driving on Tuesday when he rear-ended a car. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Here's the extremely entertaining audio:

SEN Radio host Kevin Bartlett's reaction was the best. First he exclaimed some sort of Australian slang word ("Jingos!"?) before asking, "Not the Mercedes?"

Yep. It was the Mercedes.

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After ending the interview for legal reasons -- and because Allen had to deal with the accident -- an incredulous Bartlett went on.

"Can you believe that he's had a crash while speaking on radio?! That is a first, that is an absolute first! I reckon's that'd make a good promo, don't you think?"

Not sure about that, but golf experts everywhere can learn a lesson from this one. Don't analyze and drive.

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Weird golf news of the week: Two men charged in on-course fight over "casual water"

By Alex Myers

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that two men were charged for assault at Springfield Golf Course in South Union, Pa. The reason for the altercation? A dispute over "casual water." No, really.

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According to police, the two men, aged 63 and 42, got into an argument on the fifth hole on Sunday when they came across "casual water" on the green. It seems the younger man was unfamiliar with the rule, but asked his playing partners for help with a decision.

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On No. 6, the younger man apparently tried to use the rule himself for his ball in the fairway -- and the older man didn't like it.

"You didn't know the rule on 5, and suddenly you're an expert . . . when it benefits you," state trooper George Mrosko said, describing the conversation. "That was the gist of why it ignited and why it got heated up."

Both men sustained minor injuries in the brawl that included the older man hitting the younger man with a golf club. Again, this is a true story.

In case you want to brush up on Rule 25-1 -- which deals with "abnormal ground conditions" -- before your next round, click here. But don't worry, most people won't hit you with a golf club if you're not an expert on the subject.

(h/t @redbaron4life)

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Weird golf news of the week: Man charged for drunk driving a bar's golf cart

By Alex Myers

According to a story in the Iowa City Press-Citizen, a man was charged for drunk driving a bar's golf cart. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Before you laugh, golf cart DUIs happen more than you think. They just usually happen on a golf course.

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But Mitch Iverson was arrested outside of Bobber's Bar and Grill at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Probably not the best idea, Mitch.

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Of course, we don't condone what Mr. Iverson did anywhere, but why does a bar have its own golf cart? Isn't that just asking for trouble?

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Weird golf news of the week: Man survives SECOND gator attack on golf course

By Alex Myers

Meet Stephen Martinez, the bravest -- or dumbest -- man in the golf industry depending on your perspective.

Martinez makes a living diving for golf balls and has done so for more than 20 years. On Wednesday, CBS Miami reported he was bitten by an alligator while collecting golf balls in a pond at Bonaventure Country Club in Weston, Fla.

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Fortunately for Martinez, he was able to leave the scene with what he called "minimal" bite injuries to his left hand and arm. Martinez described the gator as "aggressive," saying it "chased him down" in the murky water. Later that day, alligator trappers caught an eight-foot gator they believe is the same one that attacked Martinez. Here's video of the news report:

While Martinez won't have to worry about that gator anymore, obviously, there's always a chance he'll come across others. In fact, he knows from personal experience. In 2006 he was interviewed by CBS after suffering a similar attack at a golf course in Boynton, Fla.

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But despite his repeated reptile run-ins, Martinez says he plans to continue with this line of work. For his sake, we hope this is the last time Martinez winds up on the news.

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Weird Golf News of the Week: Nearly 100 unmarked graves discovered at golf course

By Alex Myers

Have you ever felt haunted by a particular hole? Maybe there's more to it than you think.

At North Fulton Golf Course in Chastain Park (just outside of Atlanta, Ga.), one man, park operations director Ray Mock, recently discovered up to 84 unmarked graves right near the fifth hole. WSB-TV in Atlanta had the story that includes this video:

How is this possible? Mock said he always knew there were graves in the park, he just didn't know exactly where until he looked at an old map. Then, he hired someone to use ground-mapping sonar to locate the plots. Again, how is it possible? It's not like we're talking one or two buried cats here. No one ever noticed that 84 graves went missing?

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The answer seems to lie in who was buried there. Mock said two poorhouses were located in the park up until sometime in the 1960s and that those buried on the grounds probably resided there.

The graves are being marked with orange flags for the time being with possible plans for wild flowers and a sign explaining the graveyard. In other words, at least golfers will know if they're playing from a, um, buried lie.

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