Plymouth, MA — In a shocking escalation of events that quickly went viral, a game of golf turned violent earlier this Friday at the Southers Marsh Golf Club when one player bit off part of another player’s thumb.

The altercation allegedly began between two groups of four golfers, and quickly turned into a full-blown physical fight. The alleged perpetrator, an unnamed 47-year-old man, was swiftly arrested once authorities arrived on the scene. He has been charged with mayhem, a crime described in part by Massachusetts laws as a “malicious intent to maim or disfigure” another. Among the potential consequences for this charge are a $1000 fine and up to 20 years in an MA state prison. The attacker’s motivation and the circumstances surrounding the violence have not yet been disclosed. It is unclear whether the men involved in the fight were under the influence of alcohol or any other substances.

Firefighters reportedly found the victim on the ground amongst the golf carts with the top half of his thumb on ice, completely detached from his body. The digit had apparently been bitten off right down to the knuckle. According to reports of the incident, the victim was immediately taken to a nearby hospital. His condition has not been released as of Sunday, August 19th.

This event was reported to have occurred shortly after 6:30 pm. In audio released from the local police station, the dispatcher reports:

“Be advised — an update from the PD. Apparently there are two foursomes that got into an altercation and there’s been a finger that’s been bitten off…The victim’s laying down on the main entrance road in between three golf carts.”

There have been no apparent statements as of Sunday from any employee or representative of the Plymouth-based Southers Marsh Golf Club. The venue, which has supposedly been voted “Number One Public Golf Value” in the Bay State every year since 2005, did update its Twitter page on Sunday to congratulate Mike Sullivan, the 2018 “Club Champion” of Southers Marsh.