Skip to comments.S. Fla. man dies while diving for golf balls
Posted on 09/23/2009 11:40:28 PM PDT by Daffynition
DEERFIELD BEACH Authorities say a man has died while diving for golf balls in a South Florida country clubs lake.
The body of 75-year-old Jerry Gunderson was recovered Saturday morning at the Deer Creek Country Club in Deerfield Beach.
The Broward Sheriffs Office says Gunderson was last seen by his wife Friday evening. An employee at the country club noticed an abandoned car parked near the lake and called police.
A dive unit arrived and recovered Gunderson from the center of the lake. Oxygen tanks, a dive mask and other grass clippings were found in his car.
The cause of death is being investigated.
He’s definitely got a lot of balls.
Wouldn’t the golf balls be waterlogged and unusable?
Balls with balata cover, for sure. Then it depends on what kind of a duffer you are ...e.g. if it was me hitting the ball, it wouldn’t matter. If it was my son, PGA pro, it would. ;-)
Diving for Golf Balls is clearly more dangerous than Bowling for Dollars.
It’s worth keeping your balls well polished.
When I was a teenager I used to dive for golf balls in Lake Lanier off shore of the Lake Lanier Islands golf course. One day I came across a golf club that had been snapped in half and tossed in the lake. I got so tickled I nearly drowned. It’s hard to laugh under water. Maybe that’s what happened to this guy?
Your assumption would be correct. I've been golfing in Florida for over 20 years, and I've never played a course that doesn't have gators -- and I'm not talking about Tim Tebow.
Recently, I hit a shot that wound up on the edge of a pond in some weeds. I went down to the pond and concentrated on finding my ball. Shortly, a hissing sound interrupted my concentration. When I looked to my left, I saw an 8 foot gator about 12 feet away with its mouth wide open. Slowly I backed away to my cart. I was more than happy to get away with only a penalty stroke.
Go to Myakka River State park near Sarasota any day and you'll see fishermen waist deep with gators all around them. A park ranger told me that gators only attack at night, but I'm not going to test that theory for a golf ball.
has that changed?
hell, we had em behind my Coral Gables home in the canal...2 miles from downtown
Well, I usually take visitors to the mall 3 miles from my house to show them the gators, usually 5 or 6, lolling in the ponds around the mall.
Then I take them for a boat ride on the Chain-of-Lakes, which is all through the town of Winter Haven, and we usually see two or three during the trip. And I was cooking out the other day and one came sauntering through the yard moving from one retention pond to another.
Other than that, nope, don't see many of them at all.
They didn't use the balls in games; they sold them to people at driving ranges for practice.
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