Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Golf course oddities

Last week, 77-year-old James Wiencek of Ohio reached into a pond at the Ocean Creek Golf Course in Beaufort, South Carolina, to retrieve his golf ball. Suddenly, he was dragged underwater by a 10' alligator who bit off his arm before he could be pulled out by his friends. Wildlife workers killed the animal and retrieved the severed limb while the man was rushed to the hospital, where surgeons hoped to reattach the arm. No word yet whether they were successful.
Here's a round-up of other strange golf-related happenings:
  • Loch Ness, Scotland 10/13/09 Hundreds of golf balls found in its depths by researchers hunting for the legendary monster.
  • Kingston, West Sussex, England 10/11/09 A pro at the Coombe Wood Golf Club is visited daily by the pigeon he rescued on the course.
  • Drymen, Stirlingshire, Scotland 10/8/09 A man accidentally killed his mother-in-law with his tee shot on the 3rd hole at Stathendrick Golf Club.
  • Deerfield Beach, Florida 9/23/09 A man died while diving for golf balls in the lake at the Deer Creek Country Club.
  • Riverside, California 9/17/09 A man was cited for littering after tossing 3,000 golf balls into Joshua Tree National Park to honor deceased golfers.
  • Loudon County, Tennessee 8/6/09 A prehistoric arm was found on the site of the Tennessee National Golf Course project.
  • Brisbane, Australia 7/20/09 The world's longest golf course, stretching 842 miles from Ceduna to Kalgoorlie, was due to open in August.
  • Pittsfield, Michigan 6/16/09 A man and his grandmother made a successful emergency landing of his plane on the fairway of the 5th hole at the Stonebridge Golf Course.
  • East Fishkill, New York 4/20/09 A "weird wind event" trapped 2 men under their overturned golf cart at the Beekman Country Club.
  • Almere, Holland 3/2/08 Plans were announced to build the world's largest indoor golf arena at an undecided location in the Netherlands.
  • Loch Lomond, Scotland 5/12/08 Golfers ran for cover when an out-of-control speedboat flew at them and careened into a sand bunker.
  • Mundelein, Illinois 3/20/07 Workers at the Countryside Golf Club outside Chicago found a human skull near the 14th tee of the Prairie Course.

Being so fond of fossils, my favorite weird news golf story is this: In August, groundskeeper Patrick Walker found a 10-pound tooth on the golf course at the Morrison Lake Country Club in Saranac, Michigan. Paleontologists confirmed that it belonged to an 11,ooo-year-old mammoth.

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