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Golfers refuse to testify about on-course fight over ‘casual water’ debate

Two Pennsylvania golfers accused of fighting over the rules had assault charges dismissed after they refused to testify against one another.

State police say 63-year-old Roger Lee Harris and 42-year-old Bryan Bandes were playing with three others at the Springdale Golf Course near Uniontown on Aug. 3. That's when they began arguing about rules involving "casual water" -- or puddles -- after it rained.

The North Union Township men eventually came to blows, and police say Harris hit Bandes over the head with a 3-wood.

District Judge Robert Breakiron dismissed the charges after a preliminary hearing Wednesday. He sent the men home with a warning, saying, "I don't want you to be back again in this courtroom or I'm going to assess you two penalty strokes."