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Golfer Arrested After Bronx Course Brawl Leaves Another Hospitalized

Last Updated: July, 8 2024
Golfer Arrested After Bronx Course Brawl Leaves Another Hospitalized

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A fight between two golfers at a Bronx course over the weekend left one man needing CPR and another facing criminal charges.


The incident occurred Saturday afternoon at Pelham Bay and Split Rock Golf Club as temperatures rose into the 80s. According to witnesses and a report from Fox 5 News, 29-year-old Charles Costello struck his 49-year-old playing partner during an altercation around 2 p.m.


Other golfers nearby saw the victim lying motionless behind a golf cart after the attack. He was not breathing and had to be given CPR by emergency responders at the scene. Costello was kneeling nearby in distress, claiming he "didn't know I was hitting so hard."



EMS transported the injured golfer to NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi in stable condition. He is expected to recover from his injuries.


Police arrested Costello and charged him with assault. Due to the serious nature of the victim's condition, the charges could be upgraded pending the outcome of the investigation.


With temperatures rising at the peak of the summer season, local player Larry Gonzalez told Fox 5 that tensions can flare easily on the course. "If I was real hot head, at this course alone, over the past three-four years I could have got into three or four fights," he said.


The brawl at Pelham Bay serves as a lesson for golfers to stay cool even in hot conditions. There has been no further information revealed about what caused the brutal confrontation.





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With a background in digital media and a passion for golf culture, Emily scours the internet and PGA/LPGA tour circuits for the most entertaining, shocking, and bizarre stories about professional golfers. She is skilled at curating viral golf content, from Instagram antics to tournament controversies, and turning them into shareable, humorous articles. Her readers appreciate her ability to find the fun and humor in the world of elite golf.

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