By Torleif Sorenson on 10/21/13
You've heard about "shotgun starts" to golf outings? Well, here's one with a shotgun finish.
An unidentified Reno resident accidentally mis-played a shot at the 16th hole of LakeRidge Golf Course in Reno, Nevada last September. His shot ended up breaking a window at a house occupied by 53-year-old Jeffrey Fleming. The man responded by firing a shotgun at the golfer and his playing partner, causing both golfers to flee the scene and resulting in an emergency evacuation of the area around the 16th hole.
The unidentified golfer suffered wounds in one arm and both legs, for which he was treated at a local hospital and later released.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that that Deputy District Attorney Sean Neahusan that homeowners along the course were stunned by the crime, since stray golf balls are known to hit homes on golf courses everywhere.
"I'm not sure what was going on, but from what I've read and heard, it definitely sounds out of character."Further, Neahusan said that Fleming has expressed "shock and remorse" over the shooting, and pleaded guilty last Thursday to a charge of battery with a deadly weapon. When Fleming is sentenced on December 12, he apparently faces punishment ranging from probation to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
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joe jones says:
With all of the slicers we have at my senior community and with the close proximity the houses have to the golf course it would sound like a war zone . Arizona has an open carry law so both sides might have weapons.Lets hope that cooler heads prevail.
I honestly don't understand people who buy a home in close proximety to a fairway that get mad when their house gets hit by golf balls. Are these people really that naive? We have a course that on two holes, homes are less than 30 yards from the fairway. One of which is a short dogleg, and if you go over the houses, the green is drivable!! This is wrong is so many aspects; people who buy the homes then get mad; the developer for building it this way; and the golfers who actually try to drive the green.
Matt F says:
Torleif Sorenson says:
mschad makes a fine point. Builders who insist on doing homes like this really need to consider installing tempered or acrylic glass in certain places for reduced breakage.
that's why the only house i would buy on a golf course would be behind a tee box.
I have never understood this concept either. I could understand if you bought the house THEN a developer put a par 4 tee box 200 yards from your swimming pool.
But to buy a house on a golf course then bitch when it gets hit with a ball is like buying a boat the bitching when it gets wet.
joe jones says:
Most people that buy a house on a golf course, especially on the right side of the fairway between 175 and 225 yards are buying because their wife wanted the view. Experienced golfers steer clear of those houses and houses by the tee on holes with a lake in play. Sitting on your patio in the summer exposes you to foul language that you cannot believe. As a ranger for 5 years I can tell you horror stories from both situations.
He was just taking Joe Biden's advice.
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