Yesterday I wrote a post about a fight that broke out on a concert stage in 1965 between members of the band The Kinks. The fight ended with one member knocked out, and the suspect fleeing the concert venue.
Fast forward 56 years, and guys are still out there fighting in public.
The latest incident happened on what many would consider the last place you would expect a fight to break out, a qualifying round for a golf tournament in Newton, Kansas.
Here is a brief report of the incident from the Newton, Kansas Police Department Facebook page:
Smith was playing with Austen Dailey and Derek Fribbs. Smith’s father, Oliver, President of Memphis-based Capital Prime, was caddying for his son. The group struggled early and fell behind the pace of play.
It is not uncommon for groups to fall out of place on the golf course. Play is typically expedited in an effort to catch up. A common courtesy in any round, especially from a slow group, is for players to help each other look for wayward shots. But according to Fribbs, the Smiths would not help in the search for errant shots. Furthermore, the Smiths failed to put the pin in the hole after they putted out.
The situation came to a boil on the Par-3 seventh hole. Dailey hit his tee shot left of the green and Fribbs went to help Dailey look for his ball. Allegedly, the Smiths did not help in the search for Dailey’s ball. In an effort to speed up play, Fribbs holed out first and headed for the eighth tee to play his next shot and try and get the group back in position. After Dailey completed the hole he said something to Smiths about how helping to look for shots might help speed the group up. According to Fribbs, Luke and Oliver Smith started yelling at Dailey about his quality of play and how it was affecting the group. Oliver went on to make it clear that his son Luke, “wasn’t here to look for balls.”
Dailey then turned his back and walked away towards the eighth tee. It was at this point that Luke Smith allegedly jumped on Dailey and started to throw punches. Fribbs, who was standing on the eighth tee, ran back to try to and play peacemaker. But the elder Smith allegedly waved a putter at Fribbs- and anyone else with an eye on jumping into the fracas.
Clearly, some people haven’t learned the basic rules of sportsmanship and that golf is considered a gentleman’s game.
I understand that emotions get the best of all of us in challenging situations, but we need an appropriate way to manage those emotions. Punching somebody and holding them to the ground until they say “uncle” is not one of those ways.
It would have been the perfect ending to the story if Dailey then went on to finish the round and take the lead in the tournament, but it appears as if he never got the chance to finish his round.
Of course, my first thought when I read the story was of the classic fight scene in Happy Gilmore between Happy and Bob Barker. At least Barker didn’t make Happy say Uncle…