Fayette County golfers face charges after fight on the course

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Two men are facing assault charges after a fight Sunday about game rules on a Fayette County golf course, state police said.

Trooper George Mrosko of the Uniontown barracks said a 63-year-old man originally from Uniontown but now living and working in Egypt, will be charged Wednesday with aggravated and simple assault. The other man, who is 42 and from Uniontown, will be charged with simple assault.

The trooper declined to release their names until the charges are filed.

The 63-year-old faces the felony aggravated assault charge because, according to police, he struck the younger man with a golf club during the melee. Trooper Mrosko said because the man gripped the club near its head, with one hand, the blow was less forceful than it could have been.

The 42-year-old was struck on the head and arm, and the older man suffered a broken lip and swelling on his face, the trooper said, describing both injuries as minor. Both were treated and released from Uniontown Hospital.

The argument started on the fifth hole of the Springdale Golf Course in South Union around 1 p.m. Sunday.

While they were on the green of the fifth hole, the trooper said, they came across "casual water" -- water that pools after a recent downpour. The younger man said he didn't know the rule regarding how to proceed and deferred to a senior golfer of their five-member group.

A debate ensued, but they played on through hole No. 6. On the next hole, "that's when it got started back up again," this time over placement of the ball on the fairway, trooper said.

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

Both men were consistent in their stories to police -- other than who struck the other first, the trooper said.

First Published August 5, 2014 12:00 AM

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