ROCHESTER, Mich. (WXYZ) - The victim of a golf course attack says he was beaten after asking what the score was.
Larry Smith took the stand during a preliminary hearing in the case against fellow golfer Glenn Lott. The two men were part of a foursome group that was playing a round of golf earlier this month at the Westwynd Golf Course in Oakland Township.
Smith described the first 12 holes as "pleasant" and without incident. He says that changed when he asked Lott the score as they approached the 13 th hole.
Smith told Judge Julie Nicholson in the 52-3 rd District Court that Lott didn't respond the first time he asked, and when he asked again, the defendant became enraged. "He turned and based on the look on his face and eyes, it was obvious he was extremely upset."
After trying to diffuse the situation, Smith says he was attacked by Lott with a 5-iron Callaway golf club. "He started at me with club raised," said Smith. "My immediate thought was he could cause serious damage, you could die."
Lott declined to comment, and his attorney, Jeffrey Edison, wouldn't speak about what caused his client to act as he allegedly did. "It certainly was out of character, an isolated incident, an aberration of Lott's behavior. So we'll discuss those in circuit court," said Edison.