The wild incident — straight out of “Jackass: The Movie” — occurred Sunday throughout a event at Craft Farms Golf Resort in Gulf Shores, the place a number of the six younger alleged assailants had been recording their antics, normal supervisor Chad Leonard advised The Put up Friday.
“I spoke with the golfers, and their perception is that this was a TikTok social media play or the children attempting to get well-known on social media,” Leonard mentioned. “Not less than certainly one of them, in accordance with the golfers, was filming, possibly two. So I believe fairly frankly this was a prank gone improper.”
“I don’t know the place they obtained their inspiration from,” Leonard mentioned. “But it surely’s clear to me it was all social media-related.”
Leonard mentioned he doesn’t imagine any footage of the prank had been posted on-line.
Lt. Jason Woodruff told WALA the three golfers had been teeing off on the third gap of Cotton Creek Course when somebody hiding in close by woods set off an air horn throughout their backswings.
The golfers then confronted a disruptive suspect in his 20s, resulting in a confrontation that escalated when a number of others in camouflage emerged from the woods and pounced on the golfers, Woodruff mentioned.
“An assault occurred at that time,” Woodruff advised the station. “Some phrases had been mentioned, I’m positive forwards and backwards, and the folks within the wooden line had been wearing camouflage, and so they mainly attacked these three golfers.”
One of many golfers was taken to a hospital with a extreme reduce on his head and damaged tooth, Woodruff mentioned. The aged males had been enjoying in an area event on the time, in accordance with Leonard.
“Us golf professionals, we at all times declare we’re going to jot down a guide on all of the craziness we see on the golf course, however that is positively on one other stage,” Leonard mentioned.
The six suspects believed to have been concerned within the assault have been recognized, Gulf Shores police Lt. Invoice Cowan advised The Put up. Investigators had been within the technique of interviewing them Friday, however no prices had been filed, he mentioned.
“And we’ll decide what, if any, prices are acceptable,” Cowan mentioned.
The suspects, all of whom are of their 20s, are from Baldwin County. All of them had been interviewed noon Friday, Cowan mentioned.
Leonard insisted the golf course was protected and characterised the incident as a “random prank” gone unhealthy. Extra safety measures shall be added to the course if mandatory, he mentioned.
“We’re going to attend till we discover out from police precisely what occurred, however we don’t want further safety,” Leonard mentioned.
A person who lives close to Craft Farms Golf Resort noticed two folks, a male passenger and a feminine driver, in a automobile that picked up the camouflaged suspects and drove off — however not earlier than the quick-thinking resident jotted down a license plate, WALA reported.
“Very stunning,” John Reimers advised WALA. “Exhausting to imagine one thing like that may be arrange and achieved on this neighborhood and particularly on this golf course on non-public property.”