Golfers refuse to testify about on-course fight

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Associated Press

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Two Pennsylvania golfers accused of fighting over the rules had assault charges dismissed after they refused to testify against one another.

State police say 63-year-old Roger Lee Harris and 42-year-old Bryan Bandes were playing with three others at the Springdale Golf Course near Uniontown on Aug. 3. That's when they began arguing about rules involving "casual water" — or puddles — after it rained.

The North Union Township men eventually came to blows, and police say Harris hit Bandes over the head with a 3-wood.

District Judge Robert Breakiron dismissed the charges after a preliminary hearing Wednesday. He sent the men home with a warning, saying, "I don't want you to be back again in this courtroom or I'm going to assess you two penalty strokes."

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