Skip to comments.New Jersey golfer dies after tree falls on him as he attempts to retrieve errant ball
Posted on 04/15/2013 10:01:19 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
Police say a New Jersey golfer is dead after a tree fell on him while he tried to retrieve an errant ball from the backyard of a home adjacent to an exclusive country club.
Alpine police identified the man as 60-year-old Sung Paik of Union City.
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Freak accident. RIP.
How difficult is it to outrun a falling tree by going perpendicular to the fall direction?
hell of a penalty stroke.
Someone send Zero a year subscription to that golf course.
Tiger was lucky to get a way with a 2 stroke penalty. This is one tough course.
You have to see it first. Probably had just seconds to react anyway.
i am not a golfer, so—really? he had to leave the country club and go into someone’s backyard to retrieve his ball???????
I guess if you are not right next to the errant tree (as
I am when using a chain saw), identification and selection of a proper course of action is more difficult.
Dude buy some extra golf balls.
His family will probably sue the home owner with the tree.
I hate when that happens. That’ll teach you to take some lessons to cure that slice.
“I am no TREE I am an ENT.”
Must’ve really tee’d him off.
I think he might have reached for the wrong ball.
Falling trees are so common I can’t believe this guy hadn’t calculated the direction the tree might fall before it actually did. He was obviously an idiot, not expecting a tree to fall on him.
Before I approach any tree I check the probable direction of fall. Having something like this take you by surprise is unforgivable stupidity.
Now THAT was a lateral hazard...
There probably is a law suit there. Setting aside the golf for a second, it’s pretty well known that a homeowner should remove any trees that are in danger of falling - on people, cars, the home, etc.
Yes - very common for a house to line the golf course. Happens all the time (retreiving balls from private yards - not trees falling on them).
I thought it must have been a eucalyptus tree, but apparently not.
Eucalyptus trees sometimes self-amputate branches, sometimes large branches, much to the surprise of people walking beneath them.
Loose impediment or movable obstruction?
Hopefully, they let the group behind play through.
2 stroke penalty if he had already been put on the clock for slow play...
Golfers should wear helmets...watch for a hearing and proposed legislation.
Hope he doesn’t sign an incorrect score card.
I can relate to that. I have over 30 years of experience with a chain saw (consumer use) and one time I was cutting down a tree, using the proper procedure, when the tree started spinning--yes, spinning--on its trunk. I had no idea of the direction in which it was going to fall, so I just decided to run one way and luckily for me, it was one of the right ways.
i read that and for some reason, heard it in the voice of Charlie Brown's parents... :)
More like a bad drop.
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