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Prison Guard Golf Tourney Tees off Town

Officials of the upstate New York town of Canton will no longer play host to a golf tournament for prison guards after the last event turned into a "drunk fest."

During the August 13, 1999 event, New York prison guards urinated in public view, damaged the greens with golf carts, turned "doughnuts" with carts in the fairways and played bumper cars, according to the director of Canton's Partridge Run Golf Course.

"Upon registration I counted 93 coolers, numerous bottles of vodka, rum, and gin," Kathy Lawrence, director of the golf course, said when describing the outing as a "drunk fest" to the Associated Press.

Department of Correctional Services spokesman Mike Houston said the department was investigating the allegations.

In a letter, Canton Mayor Ronald Houle told Corrections Commissioner Glenn Goord that his town, located about 120 miles northeast of Syracuse near Lake Ontario, would no longer play host to the annual Tri-Facility Golf Tournament. He also submitted a list of expenses for damage to golf carts and greens.

Sources: Associated Press, Syracuse Post-Standard

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