Tuesday, June 15th 2021, 2:26 PM CDT
Luke Smith (Harvey County)
NEWTON, Kan. (KAKE) – One person was arrested Monday morning after a fight at the PGA Korn Ferry Tour Wichita Open qualifier.
The city of Newton said in a news release the victim and suspect were golfing together at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course when an argument began between the two. The suspect and his father, who was also his caddy, refused to help the victim look for an errant golf ball in the rough.
The city says the suspect then punched the victim in the face and tackled him to the ground.
“He held the victim down until he said ‘uncle’ and then released him,” the city says.
Newton police arrested Luke Smith, of Covington, Tennessee, and he was booked into the Harvey County Detention Center on one count of misdemeanor battery. The report will be forwarded to the Newton City Prosecutor’s Office for review of charges.
According to the the University of Tennessee at Martin, Smith is a student and a member of the university’s golf team.
University of Tennessee Martin Athletics issued the following statement following Smith’s arrest:
“In discussing the matter with head golf coach Austin Swafford, we are still in the process of gathering facts from yesterday’s incident involving our student-athlete Luke Smith at the Wichita Open. Even though Luke is playing in the tournament unattached from the university, we still hold our student-athletes to a high standard on and off the course. Any disciplinary issues will be dealt with internally.”
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