MADISON COUNTY, IL (KPLR)-- Two O’Fallon Missouri women face indecency charges after being hauled off a Madison County, Illinois golf course by sheriff’s deputies, Monday. The two were allegedly showing their breasts on the course, and someone didn’t like it.
It happened at the Woodlands Golf Course in Madison County. Deputies say Shelly Lewis, 45 and Alicia Binford, 43, both of O’Fallon, Missouri, were playing in a tournament at the course.
But this was not ordinary golf outing. Sources close to the course tell FOX 2 the annual outing, which many jokingly call the “Naked Golf Tournament,” has been going on for at least six years.
Deputies say they received a call Monday afternoon about nudity on the course. They sent investigators to Woodlands, who sat on a public street and watched. They say what Lewis and Binford did next had them reaching for their handcuffs.
“The investigators observed the two females both to pull down their tops, expose their breasts, Madison County Captain Mike Dixon said, “and jump around for a few seconds and hug a few of the guys with their breasts exposed.”
The pair were arrested, and charged with indecency. Both were released on $100 bond.
But discussion of what happened hasn’t ended there. The course sits adjacent to a subdivision, and many residents there are very unhappy.
One woman, who would only identify herself as Victoria, told us at her front door that she’s appalled by what happened.
“We have children that live out here. We have a neighbor that has her three grandchildren out here all the time. Our young grandchildren are out here. This is a family neighborhood,” she said. “And the game of golf is supposed to be a gentleman’s game, and I can’t believe that anybody would allow something like this.”
We tried to ask golf course management that question, but no one would comment. But sources close to the course call it at least an annual occurrence. One witness says three busloads of strippers were dropped off at the course yesterday afternoon.
No strippers were mentioned by police. Only the two Missouri women, one, Binford, who’s name adorns the O’Fallon restaurant where we spoke to her off camera Tuesday morning, declined comment citing advice from her attorney. We left a message at the home of Shelly Lewis but she never contacted us.