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.
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.
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.