Golfer shot for out of bounds strike

HITTING a tee shot out of bounds can be very frustrating – but at least you’d expect neighbours living along a golf course to be used to the event.

US reports say a Nevada man has been charged with shooting a golfer who broke a window at his home with an errant ball.

AP says Jeff Fleming of Reno entered the plea to battery with a deadly weapon on Thursday in Washoe County District Court. He faces from probation to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine when he’s sentenced Dec. 12.

The golfer was unable to find his ball and was doing a drop shot on the 16th hole of the Lakeridge Golf Course in September 2012 when Fleming approached and fired a single shot at him with a shotgun, prosecutors said. The golfer was treated for minor injuries to an arm and both legs at a hospital.

Deputy District Attorney Sean Neahusan said neighbours along the golf course were stunned as it’s common for stray golf balls to hit their homes.

”Live on a golf course and you got to expect your house to get hit every once in a while,” he told The Associated Press. ”This (shooting) is one of those stories that you just can’t make it up.”

Police said the golfer and his partner ran away after the shot was fired and it wasn’t until they were safe that the golfer realized he had been hit. One or two shotgun pellets had to be removed from his body at the hospital.

The area around the 16th hole was evacuated after the shooting.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. A former Sydney journalist, he launched ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples and Karrie Webb. He has also reported on numerous amateur tournaments, particularly national senior and veteran events. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best Golf News Report 2016 - 2017.

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