Vandal’s wild ride costs golf course $20,000 in damages
by By Jack Latta
PRESTONSBURG — A round of golf at Stonecrest will be one hole short, following late-night vandalism to one of the greens at the course last weekend.
Police are looking for someone operating a motorcycle or four-wheel side-by-side vehicle who turned doughnuts, burnouts, and dug massive cuts into the 11th green at Stonecrest last Saturday night. Morris Copley, manager of the course, says that the damage to the green is estimated at $20,000, while the course also expects to lose $10,000 in revenue.
“We’ll be discounting rounds of golf by $5 to $8, depending on whether its a weekday or weekend rate,” Copley said.
Copley says that he is guardedly optimistic that the hole will only be closed for three to four weeks, but admits that late July and early August are the worst times of year to be repairing greens.
The vandalism occurred during a field party for the Brotherhood of the Wheel motorcycle club, but law enforcement officials are not blaming the group or its members, stating that it appears some people who were not members got into the event without going through the main gate, and were later asked to leave.
“We have a couple of suspects that are not associated with them (BOW) in anyway,” said Prestonsburg Police Chief Mike Ormerod.
Copley says the vandalism will hurt the course significantly over the next two months. “We’re having a high school invitational tournament on Aug. 10. It’s going to affect that, but there is nothing that can be done about it. There will be 100 kids coming from all over the state to play our golf course, and they’re going to play 17 holes. It’s a shame.”
No arrests have yet been made. Officer Chad Pennix is conducting the investigation.
Police ask that anyone with information regarding the damage contact the department at (606) 886-1010.
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