Fight breaks out at Wichita Open qualifying event at Sand Creek Station in Newton

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Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 9:12 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - A Wichita Open qualifying event at Newton’s Sand Creek Station drew national attention Monday for reasons unrelated to the quality of play. A golf blog called The Firepit Collective was the first to report on a fight that broke out between two players. That fight led to an arrest.

Eyewitness News is working to confirm details within the report. So far, The Firepit Collective reports the fight was between two players during the middle of a qualifier for the Korn Ferry Tour’s Wichita Open. The report said the fight was over one player not helping the other look for a lost golf ball. USA Today picked up on the report, which is catching steam on social media.

The report says a player named Austin Dailey hit a wayward shot and couldn’t find his ball. Then, it says, another player and the player’s father, both in the group, didn’t help look for the ball when a third player did. The blogger reports Dailey approached Luke Smith and Smith’s father, telling them that helping to look for errant shots might speed up the group. The Smiths then allegedly began to yell at Dailey about his play and as Dailey walked away, Luke Smith reportedly jumped on Dailey and started to punch him.

The third golfer in the group attempted to break up the fight. The report says Smith’s father used a putter in an attempt to keep the third player from breaking up the fight.

USA Today reports that Smith was taken to the clubhouse and arrested after Dailey decided to press charges. Eyewitness News reached out to the South Central PGA, which organizers the qualifier, about the incident. As of Monday night, we haven’t received a response. We are also waiting to hear back from Sand Creek Station and the Newton Police Department. We’ll update this story once we’re able to confirm further information.

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