Just because golf is a gentleman's game doesn't mean it can't turn violent.
As recently as August there was an on-course stabbing in Utah that started as a dispute over slow play, and now, a Texas man has been hospitalized with a fractured skull after being attacked with a golf club.
According to CBS Dallas/Fort Worth, Michael Plumlee, 27, and three friends were on the 17th green at Indian Creek Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas, last week when the foursome behind them, including suspect Kevin Keo Sivilay, hit approach shots at the putting surface.
Witnesses say Plumblee took the group's golf balls and threw them off the green, sending the 42-year-old Sivilay into a fit of rage in which he hit Plumlee in the head with an iron repeatedly, even continuing after Plumlee fell to the ground.
Plumblee was knocked unconscious and remains hospitalized with a skull fracture.
Sivilay, who has a prior conviction for car burglary, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and could face up to 20 years in prison.
“Nobody should have to go through something like that when you’re having a fun day of golf," said Plumlee’s mother, Sohnya Suarez-Cope.