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Texas man may lose leg after being stabbed with putter during golf course brawl

Mar 13, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT


You laughed when a young twerp was pummeled by geezers with a golf ball retriever for disturbing them with an air horn, but now things are getting a little more serious on the golf course. A man who was part of a threesome playing through a slower group at the Resort on Eagle Mountain Lake, in Fort Worth, was attacked by one of the golfers, and was stabbed in the leg with a broken putter. And he may lose a leg.

Clay Carpenter, 48, said his group had permission from the course marshal to play through, but one of the players in the other group took exception, and an angry confrontation ensued. Carpenter:

“Things change rapidly, you know. He swings at my head with his golf club, with his putter. Well, I stick my hand up. It breaks my thumb,” Carpenter said.

The next few moments remain a blur for him, and are the focus of a criminal investigation by the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.

“Next thing I know, my buddy’s saying, ‘Clay you’ve been stabbed,'” he said. “Obviously my shoes were filling up with blood, and at that point I passed out.”

Friends tried to help Carpenter as paramedics made their way to the 13th hole. The club had punctured a femoral artery.

Carpenter said he likely won’t play golf again, and may have to have his leg amputated. The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Dept. is investigating.

I thought golf was supposed to relieve stress? It sure seems to be the opposite.

Golfer stabbed with broken putter during golf course melee, may lose right leg [Sportress of Blogitude]

  1. Ron Celano - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    This incident contributes to why people are not having fun on the golf course anymore.

    Author of “Why Isn’t Golf Fun Anymore.”

    • dowhatifeellike - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone use “fun” to describe the game of golf before. I’d rather talk to my in-laws than play 18.

  2. lewp - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Wow. A mere 30 minutes from my home. Crazy Texans.

  3. rooney24 - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Hope they throw the book at the loser that stabbed him. What a low life!!

    • cur68 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      I think we have the mentally ill at work here. No one but a complete nut job doe something like this.

  4. bobulated - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    “I thought golf was supposed to relieve stress?”
    Obviously the only golf you play involves getting your putt over the little hump, off the bumper and under the windmill’s blades if you feel that way.

  5. chumthumper - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Golf is a good walk ruined. — Mark Twain.

  6. cubano76 - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Screw that! The way I play, someone would have killed me in the parking lot BEFORE my round even got started. That sucks for that guy.