The women, who appeared to be playing around and might have been playing a round, were arrested at an Alton, Illinois golf course by sheriff's deputies responding to a complaint.
Around 2 p.m. on Monday, Shelley Lewis, 45, and Alicia Binford, 43, both of O'Fallon, Missouri, were on the Woodlands Golf Course in Madison County, Illinois, just outside St. Louis.
Police received a complaint that the women were exposing their breasts on the course. The Riverfront Times reports the complaint did not come from someone on the course but rather a person on a public roadway adjacent to Woodlands.
St. Louis Today reports that Capt. Mike Dixon of the Madison County Sheriff's Office said that after the complaint was received, plainclothes detectives were sent to the golf course in an unmarked car. While parked next to the course, close to the area where the women had been seen allegedly flashing, the deputies observed the women "displaying their breasts."
Dixon told the Daily Mail, "They weren't topless in general, but they were exposing their breasts—obviously there's a neighbourhood there, there are children around as there's a subdivision built on the course, so there were concerns."
While the deputies allegedly caught them in the act of baring their breasts, they didn't actually see them golfing. Although Woodlands is a public course, it was rented out Monday for a private event. There is speculation that the women were not golfers but were strippers hired to perform at this event. Or they were simply paying off a bet. None of this has been confirmed.
Lewis and Binford were arrested and charged with misdemeanor public indecency and their bonds were set at $100. Both women have been released.
Meanwhile the jokes abound. "They are not out of the woods yet." And their behaviour was not "par for the course."
The Madison County Sheriff's Office assures the public that Lewis and Binford were not topless when their mugshots were taken—they were both wearing halter tops.