Most golf courses have water hazards of some kind: rivers, streams and lakes. And usually they are deep enough to hide golf balls. Sometimes local kids spend evenings and weekend mornings up to their knees (or deeper) finding these lost white balls and, maybe, resell them for a buck or two. Then there are these four guys from Michigan who got all the way to a course outside Philadelphia–Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square–with their elaborate ball retrieval, uh, “operation.”
Cops spotted the quartet in the middle of night with flashlights near their white van and trailer. Inside they found scuba equipment and about 8,000 golf balls, some marked “White Manor Country Club.” The accused golf ball entrepreneurs claimed they had permission from Aronimink to be there, but the club denies that. These four geniuses, Daniel P. Curry, 31; Charles D. Creed IV, 26; Robert D. Suave III, 28; and Carisa N. Osmond, 23, all from Saginaw were eventually arrested and face charges of theft, receiving stolen property, and–a new one to us–defiant trespass.
8000 freakin’ golf balls.
It all make sense when you think about it: You find a nice bag of golf clubs and balls in a dumpster and you want to try them out, but you don’t have money to go to the driving range (you are dumpster-diving after all). So what’s the next best way to test out your new set of sticks? Start hitting balls over trucks on the highway, of course!
Wonder if this ever happened to Tiger Woods? We mean, on the golf course, of course. We’re sure in his many escapades in Vegas he’s seen a woman in a canoe bloodied and knocked unconscious by an errant tee shot. That’s like the second most popular show after the Blue Man Group, right?
Whoever these guys are, they should probably be looking for a lawyer at this point because they could be charged with assault.
Debbie Longen and her husband, Bernie, were in their canoe Sunday evening in Forest Lake, Minn. when she was struck. Their fishing trip on Shields Lake collided with a round of golf at Forest Hills Golf Course at about 8 p.m.
“We heard a ker-plunk in the water. We didn’t pay much attention to it,” Debbie Longen said. She paid attention, though, shortly thereafter. “I thought at first I’d been shot but then it dawned on me I’d been hit by a golf ball.” “Next thing you know I heard a ping and, smack, Debbie flew of the seat face down in the canoe,” Bernie Longen said.
The two were about 100 yards from the 15th hole when it happened. They saw four young men and two carts nearby. “The blood came down her face and shirt and started to pool in the canoe,” Bernie Longen said. “Their only comment was, ‘We were hitting the ball that way,’ and I just said, ‘B.S.’ Next, Bernie said they got in their carts and left.
Source – WCCO