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Golf becomes a contact sport

A golfer, angered by a breach of links etiquette by two other players, struck one with his club and stabbed the other with the broken end when the head snapped off, police said.

Hugo Torres, 33, of Oakland Park was arrested Thursday at Sabal Palm Golf Course on two counts of aggravated battery, the Broward County Sheriff's Office reported. He was released from jail Friday after posting a $10,000 bond.

Howard Polley, 33, was taken by sheriff's helicopter to Broward General Hospital for treatment of a neck wound. He was in fair condition Friday.

Police gave the following account of what happened:

Torres and two friends were on the seventh hole when Polley and John Tennyson, 30, of Tamarac, who was driving a golf cart, played through without asking for permission.

There was an argument, and Torres struck Tennyson on the back with his club. Polley then swung his club at Torres, who blocked it with his club, breaking off the head. Torres then stabbed Polley.