A leisurely round of golf turned brutally violent Friday in Carrollton, leaving one man still in the hospital three days later with a head injury.
A group of four friends, including 27-year-old Michael Plumlee of Denton, were finishing their putts around 4 p.m. at hole 16 at the Indian Creek Golf Club when, according to witnesses, one golfer in another group of four men hit a ball toward Plumlee and his friends, police said.
Plumlee threw the ball off the green, which led to an argument during which Kevin Keo Sivilay, 42, of Richardson, began swinging his club at Plumlee’s head, knocking him to the ground and continuing to strike him even after he fell, witnesses told police.
Sohnya Suarez-Cope, the victim’s mother, told CBSDFW.com that when she arrived at the hospital, she was told her son had a fractured skull.
“Nobody should have to go through something like that when you’re having a fun day of golf,” Suarez-Cope told CBSDFW.com.
Plumlee remained in the hospital Monday with a head and back injury, police said.
“Golf is supposed to be a gentleman’s sport and for something like this to happen is unheard-of,” Plumlee’s stepmother, Brandi Plumlee, told CBSDFW.com.
Police said that Sivilay attempted to flee the golf course before authorities arrived but was blocked by golf carts.
He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and that additional charges are possible.