Man Stabbed on Golf Course in Slow Play Dispute

The man was told he and his wife were not allowed to come through and proceeded to stab a member of the group ahead

Man stabbed on golf course
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Man stabbed on golf course near Salt Lake City in Utah after refusing to let group behind play through

Man Stabbed on Golf Course in Slow Play Dispute

Have you ever been so fed up with slow play on the golf course that it's pushed you over the edge?

That's what happened to 61-year-old Lee Johnson in Payson, Utah, south of Salt Lake City.

Johnson was playing golf with his wife and had to ask the group ahead of him to be let through, however they didn't take it very well.

The Golf Monthly Pace of Play video playlist…

Lieutenant Bill Wright of Payson Police said that a fight broke out and the clubhouse security staff were called out to resolve the issue.

According to, a Salt Lake City news website, around the ninth hole Johnson and his wife caught up with part of the group and thought they would be allowed to play through, but again the group refused.

Man stabbed on Utah golf course

Image from the Payson Golf Course courtesy of Facebook

Johnson then pulled a pocket knife and stabbed one person, Wright said. He was wrestled to the ground by the other golfer from the group.

The victim was treated at hospital for non life-threatening injuries whilst Johnson was sent to the Utah County Jail.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x