July 18, 1997

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Angry golfer swings fist into PGA official's face


The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Police say a golfer who had just shot a quadruple bogey punched a Professional Golfers' Association official in the face after the official warned him he was playing too slow.

William A. Moulis, 37, of McKees Rocks was trying to join the PGA and was playing at the Cedarbrook Golf Course in Rostraver Township, Pa., when his team fell two holes behind the group in front of them.

PGA examiner Thomas Beeler warned Moulis that he was taking too long to set up his shot and asked him to play faster in the July 10 event 20 miles south of Pittsburgh.

Usually a layer will catch up, but he started accusing me of having a personal problem with him," Beeler said Thursday.

Beeler, of Belle Vernon, said Moulis began calling him names before charging him as he was walking back to his golf cart.

Moulis did not return numerous messages left at his home.

"I turned around and he was suddenly behind me," Beeler said. "He hit me and fell on top of me. I got him off and by that time the other players were there to help."

The punch cut his face, and he needed six stitches under his left eye.

"I'm required to tell a player when they are moving slow, but I guess I shouldn't have done it after he shot nine on a par-five hole," Beeler said.

Moulis was disqualified from the event after the fight, and police charged him with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct. An arraignment is set for Aug. 8.

Beeler said the two golfers who were with Moulis were "visible shaken" after the fight and also did not qualify for the PGA.

Last year, Beeler said he sent a letter to Moulis after other players complained that Moulis lied about his score, struck putting greens with his club and stole golf balls from a driving range.

"The letter went to him and the PGA and told him he would have to conduct himself in a more appropriate manner if he wanted to be in the PGA," Beeler said.

Read the brief version of this story that ran in USA Today.