Player attacked on golf course
WHAT started out as a jovial game of golf between old mates ended in a five-hour stay at Maclean District Hospital in severe pain for one player after he was attacked by a man wielding a golf club.
The golfer, who does not want to be identified, was playing a round with his regular partners when he was attacked at the third hole of the Yamba golf course.
He was stuck so hard he suffered bruising to his thigh bone, a severe welt and massive swelling. The imprint of the head of the club was still visible yesterday afternoon, more than 24 hours after the victim was hit.
The man said he was attacked after an altercation between himself and up to five kids, who had been hounding golfers throughout the past weeks at the club.
He and his playing partners had yelled at the kids, aged between 10 and 14, to move away from their cart and leave the playing area.
The man said just after the altercation he was sitting down at the third tee when a man -? aged around 19 -? attacked him from behind with a three-iron.
"After he hit me he headed back to the mission, turned around and yelled 'you're lucky I'm feeling generous today or I'd kill the four of you'," he said.
"All I did was tell the kids to p... off away from the golf cart because they'd been a damn nuisance and pinching stuff from the women the day before."
Yamba Golf and Country Club captain Chris Durrington said lawless behaviour on the course was increasing.
"On ladies day they came and hung around off the back of carts, and when the ladies were having a shot they go through their bags and steal their stuff," Mr Durrington said.
"We've spoken to the elders a fair few times and that brings (the children) into line for about a day, but they can't control them."
The Yamba victim said something needed to be done otherwise people would stop playing at the course.
"It's giving Yamba a bad name," he said.
"You go out there to enjoy yourself and not to be harassed by these kids."
Police are investigating the assault.