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ANGELS CAMP (CBS13) – A 61-year-old Elk Grove man who was arrested last week after hitting another golfer with a golf club is an assistant principal at Galt High School.
The Galt Joint Union High School District confirmed Wednesday that Robert E. Rappleye Jr. has worked for the high school since 1984.
Rappleye was arrested last Friday night after an incident at Greenhorn Creek Golf Course in Angels Camp.
The general manager at the course says it all started on the 18th green, rather than the 18th tee box as police previously reported.
The general manager tells CBS13 that a couple of guys had finished their round and they were inside the clubhouse drinking when they decided they wanted to practice on the 18th green.
But the men’s impromptu practice session ended in a bloodied mug shot for Rappleye, far from the yearbook photos the assistant principal is used to taking.
The course GM says Rappleye teed off two women who were about to hit their tee shots and had to wait for him to clear the green.
Amy Brown manages the clubhouse restaurant and witnessed the argument turned attack.
“They were taking their time,” she said of Rappleye’s group. “The wives kind of yelled. The gentlemen then started to berate them, swear at them, yell at them, and apparently, the husbands were playing behind the wives.”
The husbands approached the group, and that’s when golf turned into a full-contact sport.
“I’ve never heard of it before,” Brown said.
Police say the 61-year-old lifetime educator wanted to teach one guy a lesson. They say he got rough, landing two swings with his club.
“I went running down,” Brown said. “The one gentleman had a cut here on his arm and it was gushing blood, and you could see on his shirt that he had blood there as well.”
Rappleye was arrested in the golf club parking lot, accused of assault with a deadly weapon. The assistant principal used to sending kids to detention suddenly found himself being booked into the Calaveras County Jail.
“I didn’t know that,” Brown said of his profession. “Not very principal-like, I guess.”
From campus to in custody – an assistant principal the club says was way out of bounds.
“I’ve been here seven years. I’ve never seen someone hit someone with a club,” Brown said.
The restaurant manager said that after the fight broke up, Rappleye didn’t seem distressed. In fact, she said he went to his car and had a cigar while waiting for police to arrive.
Rappleye is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 7. He’s no longer welcome at Greenhorn Creek.