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S. Fla. man dies while diving for golf balls
CBS4.com ^ | September 23, 2009 | staff reporter

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 club’s lake.

The body of 75-year-old Jerry Gunderson was recovered Saturday morning at the Deer Creek Country Club in Deerfield Beach.

The Broward Sheriff’s 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.


TOPICS: Hobbies; Sports
KEYWORDS: golf
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1 posted on 09/23/2009 11:40:28 PM PDT by Daffynition
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i’m guessing cardiac

but gators would have been first guess before knowing the age

every abandoned phosphate pit i ever swam or skied in down there had gators...without exception

has that changed?

hell, we had em behind my Coral Gables home in the canal...2 miles from downtown...coyotes too


2 posted on 09/23/2009 11:43:01 PM PDT by wardaddy (Obama, you suck Bro and we are kicking your butt for now anyhow)
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To: wardaddy
The pro-divers who do this can make big bux.


3 posted on 09/23/2009 11:45:03 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

RIP.


4 posted on 09/23/2009 11:55:49 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: wardaddy

It’s extremely unlikely that it was ‘gators. What you knew is now totally blocked in. I buy stuff at the CompUSA around the corner from that country club. It’s on Hillsboro, just past Military. You have to stop short to get into the entrance to the mall on that corner. The area is now multi-story apartments and condos.

He probably had a heart attack.


5 posted on 09/24/2009 12:09:57 AM PDT by sig226 (Real power is not the ability to destroy an enemy. It is the willingness to do it.)
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To: Daffynition

Is it legal or do the balls belong to the course?


6 posted on 09/24/2009 12:10:54 AM PDT by Bellflower (If you are left DO NOT take the mark of the beast and be damned forever.)
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7 posted on 09/24/2009 12:17:48 AM PDT by WVKayaker (Futility: trying to slam a revolving door!)
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To: sig226

‘It’s extremely unlikely that it was ‘gators.’

Are you sure you’re a Floridian? Lol. Yeah, I doubt it was a gator, but, I always assume that any body of water has a gator in it.


8 posted on 09/24/2009 12:26:24 AM PDT by BGHater ("real price of every thing ... is the toil and trouble of acquiring it")
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To: wardaddy

You had coyotes in your canal?


9 posted on 09/24/2009 12:29:21 AM PDT by Krankor
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To: Daffynition

That’s why they call it a “Water Hazard.”


10 posted on 09/24/2009 12:29:56 AM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Krankor

nah...in the back yard by the canal...a little green area around 10 feet wide

one jumped over the fence and just stared at me one morning I was drinking coffee smoking a Lucky

20 years ago now..


11 posted on 09/24/2009 12:41:40 AM PDT by wardaddy (Obama, you suck Bro and we are kicking your butt for now anyhow)
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To: Bellflower
Some courses contract out to divers. Some divers pay for the right to retrieve, selling the balls back to the club or on their own to shops, wholesalers, etc.

If you are on the property without permission and there are pro-divers involved, I'll bet you take your chances, like what happens to lobstermen setting their pots in someone else's territory.

12 posted on 09/24/2009 1:33:16 AM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: WVKayaker
Cool diving dog?


13 posted on 09/24/2009 1:34:55 AM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: trumandogz
LOL

Interesting hobby if you like leeches, snapping turtles, water moccasins, and - of course - the pesky alligators.


14 posted on 09/24/2009 1:37:31 AM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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A plump alligator snack w/ duckweed dipping sauce.


15 posted on 09/24/2009 1:42:10 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Here's a guy in Cali who is in big trouble:

Man litters national park with 3,000 golf balls

He allegedly told rangers he threw the golf balls to leave his mark and honor deceased golfers.

16 posted on 09/24/2009 1:44:55 AM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: piasa
Or a heart attack for the unsuspecting golfer.


17 posted on 09/24/2009 1:47:33 AM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition
That could do wonders for a person's game- like going on a hike and having some guy in a gillie suit pop up out of the weeds.
18 posted on 09/24/2009 1:55:26 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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19 posted on 09/24/2009 2:10:33 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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20 posted on 09/24/2009 2:13:07 AM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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He’s definitely got a lot of balls.


21 posted on 09/24/2009 2:16:22 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Daffynition

Wouldn’t the golf balls be waterlogged and unusable?


22 posted on 09/24/2009 2:17:03 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 37 days away from outliving Laura Branigan)
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23 posted on 09/24/2009 2:26:33 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: SamAdams76

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. ;-)


24 posted on 09/24/2009 2:27:51 AM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

Diving for Golf Balls is clearly more dangerous than Bowling for Dollars.


25 posted on 09/24/2009 2:41:45 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs)
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26 posted on 09/24/2009 2:57:30 AM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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27 posted on 09/24/2009 3:05:57 AM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

It’s worth keeping your balls well polished.


28 posted on 09/24/2009 3:28:58 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs)
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To: Daffynition

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?


29 posted on 09/24/2009 4:25:09 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: BGHater
I always assume that any body of water has a gator in it.

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.

30 posted on 09/24/2009 5:06:15 AM PDT by Rum Tum Tugger
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31 posted on 09/24/2009 1:26:13 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: wardaddy
every abandoned phosphate pit i ever swam or skied in down there had gators...without exception

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.

32 posted on 09/24/2009 1:35:28 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: SamAdams76
I grew up in South Florida and new people who did this. My grandfather didn't dive for golfballs; he built himself a special rake and would roll it through the flood canal that separated his back yard from the golf course on the the other side.

They didn't use the balls in games; they sold them to people at driving ranges for practice.

-PJ

33 posted on 09/24/2009 1:55:46 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Comprehensive congressional reform legislation only yields incomprehensible bills that nobody reads.)
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To: Daffynition
Maybe the guy got stuck in the bottom mud or tangled in the weeds?

-PJ

34 posted on 09/24/2009 1:56:21 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Comprehensive congressional reform legislation only yields incomprehensible bills that nobody reads.)
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35 posted on 09/24/2009 3:33:42 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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36 posted on 09/24/2009 3:35:08 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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37 posted on 09/24/2009 3:49:15 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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<3 Jesus and Liam


38 posted on 09/24/2009 3:50:25 PM PDT by lawgirl (She comes on like thunder and she's more right than rain)
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39 posted on 09/24/2009 3:51:33 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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40 posted on 09/24/2009 4:09:28 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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41 posted on 09/24/2009 4:13:08 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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42 posted on 09/24/2009 4:18:47 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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43 posted on 09/24/2009 4:47:13 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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44 posted on 09/24/2009 5:56:44 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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45 posted on 09/24/2009 6:46:57 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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46 posted on 09/24/2009 7:07:52 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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47 posted on 09/24/2009 7:27:14 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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48 posted on 09/24/2009 7:33:27 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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We had a lab who looked just like that. He went for rocks in the creek behind our house. He would not chase a ball, but throw a rock in the water and he was gone! Not a sissy rock, but a baby boulder. He would not come up for air until he had the rock in his mouth.

He had an iron stomach. One day he passed three golf balls without any straining. He lived to be 16. He’s been gone 12 years and we still miss him. :-(


49 posted on 09/24/2009 7:43:02 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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And, for some reason I can’t “fathom”, grass clippings in your car.


50 posted on 09/24/2009 10:29:14 PM PDT by tdscpa
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