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Forest Park greens vandalized

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

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Brazil City Police crime scene photo of the damage done to Forest Park Golf Course, green No. 12, sometime in the late afternoon of March 28. If you have any information with regards to this incident, or any other case, please contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.

On March 29, while preparing to mow the Forest Park Golf Course, Superintendent Tom Cain and Assistant Course Superintendent Troy Farris discovered three greens had big holes hacked into the putting surface with an unknown object the day before.

A report was given to Brazil City Patrolman Todd Stemm and an investigation is currently in progress.

Vandalism is usually not a problem for the golf course said Farris.

"When there are other entrances to the golf course, it's hard to police the entire perimeter," Farris told The Brazil Times in a telephone interview. "Our neighbors usually watch the course, which really helps us out, but this time it happened in the middle of the day."

From 2 to 4 p.m., green No. 8, in the middle of the course received minor damage, while greens No. 12 and 14 near the back of the course were heavily damaged sometime after the course was closed due to poor weather conditions on March 28. (On March 27, green No. 12 sustained minor damage.)

Two hole cups and two green and white flag sticks are also missing from the course.

"We spend a lot of time on maintenance because a lot of people use and enjoy this course," he said. "It's just disheartening to see something like this happen."

"We're going to be watching who's on the course more closely now. People will need to check into the pro shop before going on the course."

If you have any information with regards to this incident, or any other case, please contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.

Cain and Farris spent up to five hours repairing the greens so golfers can continue using the course, but it will take a month before the greens heal and return to their former beauty.

Security is not normally an issue, "But now we're looking into remedies to fix it," Farris said.



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