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September 18, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Texas man attacked on links files suit against golf course

Posted at 3:55 PM by Mark Dee | Categories: Truth & Rumors

A Texas golfer who was assaulted in February by a drunk, slow player in the group ahead has filed suit against the golf course he was playing, according to David Lee of Courthouse News Service.

According to the civil case filed in Dallas County Court, the victim, Clay Carpenter, was playing The Resort Golf Club when his threesome ran into a slow foursome on the 12th hole. Although Carpenter claimed his group was fine waiting, the course's golf pro/marshall insisted they play through. He went up to the group ahead to get their approval.

"After a period of time, the golf pro/marshall returned and stated the threesome could play through," the complaint states. "The golf pro/marshall then stated 'One of them up there ain't right.'"

Carpenter's group approached anyway. There they met a man believed to be named Roy Douglas Vinson, who, the claim states, "was obviously intoxicated and presented a clear danger to himself and others."

After a string of shouts and threats, the Carpenter says that Vinson attacked him with his putter in a "tomahawk chop," breaking his thumb -- and Vinson's putter. Carpenter then tackled Vinson. The jagged shaft of the putter went through his abdomen, slicing Carpenter's femoral artery. His court filings claim that he almost bled out en route to the hospital, and may have limited usage of his leg in the future.

This suit, though, isn't against Vinson; it's against the course, which employed the marshall who told Carpenter to approach the green. And while this is only one step in what's sure to be a protracted courtroom drama, it may set in interesting precedent: Is the marshall at fault for sending the players into harm's way? Drop your legal analysis in the comments section if you have an opinion.

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