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Westport Lawyer's Website Tracks Golf Disputes

WESTPORT, Conn. – Next time you play a round of golf, be sure to keep your temper in check. Otherwise, you might end up on Westport attorney Robert Harris' new website, Golf Dispute Resolution .

Harris, a golfer and an attorney at Levett Rockwood P.C. in Westport, recently launched the website to track golf- related disputes—even from as far away as Scotland .

"I started walking around golf courses with my father at an early age, and I thought it would be informative and fun to combine my interests by tracking golf-related disputes," Harris, who also serves as a mediator and an arbitrator, said in a statement.

Website visitors can read about the most recent golf-related quarrels as well as ones from the past. One such notable historic dispute is the century-old story of Henry W. Jessup, a lawyer whose favorite golf club was misplaced by a shipping company on its way to being repaired.

As the story goes, Jessup did not receive his club in time for a vacation match and sued the shipper. The golfer-lawyer won the case, but was awarded damages of only one cent. He filed an appeal.

"Golf is a large and established industry, but it seems to present more than its share of quirky cases. The mediator in me often wonders why some of these disputes become as contentious as they do," Harris said. "It's funny how golf will turn the most reasonable of people into the most strident of individuals."

Harris , a practicing attorney since 1982, served for three years as chair of the Connecticut Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He is a recipient of the The Honorable Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation, named after a Connecticut federal judge known for his dispute resolution skills.

What do you think of Harris' website? Have you ever seen a golf-related dispute in person?

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