Golf bonds policeman and criminal

(Image courtesy of Golf Digest)

Despite the constant propaganda against golf, there are heaps of heartwarming stories around the game bringing people together and healing fractures in society. Here is one.

Golf Digest reported a policeman in New Hampshire, USA, used golf to deter a repeat offender from falling into his bad habits again.

Justin Maguire was spending much of his time arresting 58-year-old Mark Yphantis for heavy drinking and therefore told the offender he would buy him a set of clubs if he got sober after finding out  they shared a love for the game.

Yphantis checked into rehab in January and by the end of April he had achieved 100 days sober. True to his word the policeman sorted out a set of clubs and also got a local course to donate 10 rounds of golf.

“Alcohol is a tough thing,” Maguire told the “I truly don’t know if I thought he’d do it but I’m a man of my word. The last thing I wanted was any attention from this.

“I just wanted to do something nice for a guy who likes golf because that’s my passion too.”

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