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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.

Related: Man charged for drunk driving a bar's golf cart

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.

Related: A PGA Tour pro's 5 tips for dealing with gators on the golf course

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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Weird Golf News of the Week: An airport is worried about stray golf balls on its runway

By Alex Myers

For the past month, Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Carter County, Tenn., has been dealing with stray golf balls on its runway. A lot of golf balls.

In the report, airport manager Dan Cogan said there have been "well over 100 balls" at the east end of the runway where planes take off and land. The balls have appeared on four different occasions during daily inspections for the airport, which handles about 100 flights per day.

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So what's the big deal?

"An engine can suck a golf ball up into it causing engine failure or damage to the engine and can run into a lot of money right away. And then if it's a moving aircraft you could have a major incident causing up to loss of life," Cogan said.

In other words, as tempting as it is, don't use your nearest airport as a driving range.

Local authorities aren't categorizing this as a crime yet, but Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said there's potential for a "reckless endangerment" charge. Whoever is hitting the golf balls might not be doing it maliciously, but they don't seem to be getting there by accident. Especially considering the nearest golf course is seven miles away.

Here's the report from WJHL News Channel 11:

(h/t Yahoo!)

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New study finds titanium golf clubs can cause wildfires. Wait . . . what?

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Here's the scenario: it's your second shot on a short par 5. You're feeling frisky -- you've been hitting it well all day -- and there's no trouble short of the green. You decide to go for it, and reach for your 3-wood.

That situation, or one similar to it, isn't just potentially jeopardizing your score, but could be setting the scene for a deadly and wide-ranging wildfire, according to a new study from the University of California at Irvine.

The study describes how the makeup of titanium clubs, when struck against a small, embedded rock or other hard services, produces "intensely hot sparks" that could potentially start a fire. The study added that sparks like this could have been the cause of recent golf course fires, notably the 2010 fire at Shady Canyon Golf Course in Irvine.

Related: America's courses are curbing their addiction to water

A selection from the study's release:

Titanium alloy golf clubs can cause dangerous wildfires, according to UC Irvine scientists. When a club coated with the lightweight metal is swung and strikes a rock, it creates sparks that can heat to more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit for long enough to ignite dry foliage, according to findings published recently in the peer-reviewed journal Fire and Materials

It continued:

One fire almost reached homes before they stopped it. This unintended hazard could potentially lead to someone's death, said chemical engineering & materials science professor James Earthman, lead author on the paper. A very real danger exists, particularly in the Southwest, as long as certain golf clubs remain in use.


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The coolest miniature golf hole in the world exists, and it lives in Oregon

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

It's called the "Mission Impossi-Hole." The futuristic miniature golf hole is part of Portland's Smash Putt course, an alternative golf experience being hosted in the city through the end of March.

The hole is obviously a take off Mission Impossible. It looks to be set in some kind of cage with lasers zigzagging all around it. What happens if you cross one of those lasers? An alarm sounds and a "one-stroke penalty" sign starts flashing.

Pretty intense, but on the bright side, we might have just stumbled across another innovation to make the PGA Championship cooler.

Related: You'll want to watch this incredible two-man golf trick shot over and over again

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This week in weird golf news: Model sues Playboy for golf trick gone awry

By Alex Myers

From the "don't try this at home" category, a model suffered injuries when a golf trick went wrong. Liz Dickson is suing Playboy and Playboy Radio host Kevin Klein for suffering injuries when she was struck by a golf club. 

Related: Did burglars steal clubs linked to the O.J. Simpson murder case?

The incident occured during the Playboy Golf Finals on March 30, 2012, and Dickson is suing for $500,000 and punitive damages. Wait, there's a Playboy Golf Finals? This is an actual thing? That happens every year?

Back to Dickson, CBS Los Angeles says Dickson willingly participated in the trick, but Klein missed his target and "struck plaintiff on the buttocks, causing her injuries and damages." According to that report, Dickson was the Playboy Girl of Golf in 2011. Again, this is a real thing?

We hope Ms. Dickson recovers, but what about Mr. Klein? Aside from his own emotional damage that must come from accidentally hitting someone in the rear end with a golf club, it sounds like he needs to seek professional help for his swing.

(h/t Deadspin)

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Weird Golf News Of The Week: Did burglars steal a set of golf clubs linked to the O.J Simpson murder case?

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By Luke Kerr-Dineen

When burglars broke into the home of Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom home on March 4, it wasn't anything of Khloe and Lamar's they were looking for, according to a report from RadarOnline.com.

Norman Pardo, O.J. Simpson's manager, tells RadarOnline that he believes the burglars were looking for an extremely valuable set of O.J. Simpson's golf clubs. The clubs were linked with the 1994 murder of O.J. Simpson's former wife Nicole Brown Simpson -- a case where Simpson was famously cleared on two counts of murder.

Related: Man breaks into a house, steals golf clubs and a bunch of steaks

The report describes how the golf clubs were rumored to have have contained a knife, bloody clothes, gloves or other things hidden inside the shafts. Because their whereabouts are unknown, the clubs have become extremely valuable.

The golf clubs came to be associated with Khloe Kardashian through her father, Robert, a close friend of O.J. who was Simpson's defense attorney during the trial. Simpson stayed at Kardashian's house in the days following his Brown Simpson's murder, and Kardashian also read a note from Simpson to the media -- believed, at the time, to have been Simpson's suicide note.

Robert Kardashian was linked with the case itself for a time after he was allegedly seen carrying a bag of Simpson's shortly after the murder. Prosecutors speculated the bag may have been filled with evidence relating to the murder.

The golf clubs had gone missing by 2003, when Robert Kardashian died of cancer. Theories soon after arose that the clubs had been buried in Robert's old house, destroyed, or perhaps inherited by Robert's daughter, Khloe, who Simpson's manager has long claimed to be Simpson's biological child. That theory is what Simpson's manager believes motivated the burglars to break into Khloe and Lamar's house last week.

Follow all that? A dizzying, soap-opera like series of events, to say the least.

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Did these British burglars steal $1 million in golf clubs?

By Alex Myers

Have you ever worried -- even for a moment -- about the security of your golf clubs when you leave them unattended at a course? Well, these two guys in England probably will give you nightmares then.

Related: Man steals golf clubs... and a bunch of steaks

The good news is that Daniel Lloyd and Joe McCaughey have been caught. The bad news is it came after the pair stole golf clubs and other valuables from lockers at 36 courses in England, according to the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency.

The report states the two simply dressed as golfers and entered golf clubs to commit their crimes. And while evidence from 36 of their burglaries was used in their trial, officers believe the two could have stolen from as many as 1,000 lockers, taking goods worth more than $1 million in golf clubs alone.

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The duo's crimes date back more than four years and their thefts were featured on BBC's Crimewatch in 2010. After a three-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, Lloyd and McCaughey were convicted of conspiracy to burgle and sentened to five and three years in jail, respectively.

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