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Four golfers injured in lightning strike [near Toronto]
Toronto Sun ^ | June 17, 2014 | CHRIS DOUCETTE

Posted on 06/17/2014 4:08:03 PM PDT by rickmichaels

STOUFFVILLE - One man is fighting for his life and three others are in serious condition after being zapped by a bolt of lightning at a golf course north of the city.

Witnesses say the foursome were wrapping up their game at Rolling Hills Golf Club, near Warden Ave. and Stouffville Rd., when a horn sounded around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday warning golfers of a storm sweeping across the GTA.

But the lightning struck a few minutes later before the group could get off the links and into the clubhouse.

“All of the sudden there was just this gigantic flash and bang all at the same time,” golfer Peter Epstein, who had taken shelter under a nearby canopy, said after the frightening incident.

Moments earlier, Max Feather was trying to finish the 18-hole The Classic — one of three courses at Rolling Hills — before heading inside to safety when he spotted four men walking by along the fairway.

The Toronto man didn’t see the flash of lightning or hear the crack of thunder, but he certainly felt the impact.

“I got knocked on my butt,” Feather recalled. “I was on the ground and it was black.”

Also, “there was a strange taste in my mouth,” he added.

Once he was able to see again, Feather noticed the foursome who had passed by him were now lying “motionless” on the ground.

“I looked over and saw these four guys all in a row,” he said, adding he initially thought they were all dead.

Feather “ran like hell” to the clubhouse yelling, “Call 911, four men down on the 18th.”

Epstein said he and another man, who happened to be an intensive care nurse, heard the cry for help and rushed to the aid of the injured golfers.

Three of the men had a pulse but one did not, he recalled.

“He was on his face, on the ground,” Epstein said. “We rolled him over and he was totally dead.

“His eyelids were open, glazed over … (we) checked his neck for his pulse, no pulse, and then started CPR.”

Feather said all four men had bloodied faces and the pants on the golfer who wasn’t breathing had been split apart.

Then he noticed a piece of blue fabric on the ground, which he soon realized was the remnants of a hat.

“There was nothing left of it,” Feather said. “It was just shredded.”

He said the men managed to revive the man who had stopped breathing within a minute or so.

“If they hadn’t been there, there’s no way he would have made it,” said Feather, who drove home soon after knowing he had “dodged a bullet.”

York Regional Police Const. Laura Nicolle confirmed the four men were rushed to hospital following the lightning strike.

A Thornhill man, 51, and two Toronto men, 53 and 56, were transported to hospital in stable condition, she said. A 60-year-old Richmond Hill man was transported to hospital in critical condition.

“All four men remain in hospital at this time,” Nicolle said.


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1 posted on 06/17/2014 4:08:03 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels
FORE!!!

Obviously God wanted to play through and those FOUR wouldn't let Him!

2 posted on 06/17/2014 4:11:04 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: rickmichaels

Should have held up a one iron.


3 posted on 06/17/2014 4:11:51 PM PDT by NotSoFreeStater (If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice)
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To: rickmichaels

FORE???


4 posted on 06/17/2014 4:14:52 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: cloudmountain

Bass tuhd.

You wed my mind before I could type out my response.

Time machine?


5 posted on 06/17/2014 4:15:57 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: rickmichaels

Hey,it never did Ranger Gord any harm.

6 posted on 06/17/2014 4:18:29 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: rickmichaels
Got my hopes up for a minute.

Then I thought 'what would the president of the United States be doing in Stouffville?'

7 posted on 06/17/2014 4:19:45 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: rickmichaels

I live on one of the top rated courses in California.

I don’t golf because I still have sex and hate ugly pants...


8 posted on 06/17/2014 4:20:38 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: rickmichaels

9 posted on 06/17/2014 4:21:14 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: rickmichaels

They are all lucky men. Now they have a real clubhouse story to tell:

“I was jest tellin’ ‘em. Strike me dead if I weren’t two under on th’ last ‘un!”

“Yep. ‘N’ then it ‘it’s us!”

“But I’m alive!”

“Naw. You was dead. We brought’ye back. So, liar, you owe us a few rounds!”


10 posted on 06/17/2014 4:24:07 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: NotSoFreeStater

The last time I golfed, I only hit two good balls all day...and THAT was when I stepped on a rake in the sand trap.


11 posted on 06/17/2014 4:25:01 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

Is there anything to what I heard about golfers actually licking their ball when on the green (supposedly to “clean” it so it rolls better?)? Or is that hearsay?


12 posted on 06/17/2014 4:28:49 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: bicyclerepair

I could answer that, but the I’d have to kill you.


13 posted on 06/17/2014 4:30:07 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

...then...


14 posted on 06/17/2014 4:30:41 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Vendome

LOL, I have zero interest in golf.

That one guy is pretty lucky to have had people so close by that could revive him.


15 posted on 06/17/2014 4:30:45 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: gorush

LOL! Another reason I don’t golf.

I hope they survived the ordeal heh.


16 posted on 06/17/2014 4:31:34 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: skeeter
Then I thought 'what would the president of the United States be doing in Stouffville?'

First,few of the residents of Stouffville can legally vote for,or contribute,to Osama Obama.Second,the average household income there is only about $75K/yr.Therefore,we can be sure that he's never traveled there...and never will.

17 posted on 06/17/2014 4:31:36 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: NotSoFreeStater
Should have held up a one iron.

Aw, you beat me to it. Old Lee Trevino joke, who was struck himself no fewer than three times. Me, I'da taken up needlepoint...

18 posted on 06/17/2014 4:36:25 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Vendome

no, there are certain words you can say to them that pretty much guarantees you will be struck by a woman.


19 posted on 06/17/2014 6:02:47 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: skeeter
Got my hopes up for a minute.

Yes, I experienced a joyous moment of wishful thinking as well...............

20 posted on 06/17/2014 6:05:10 PM PDT by varon (Para bellum)
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To: bicyclerepair

Let’s ask Mrs. Palmer ... /obscure


21 posted on 06/17/2014 6:12:18 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: NonValueAdded

Hell, all I did just now was finger pick at the salad and was summarily tossed out of the kitchen.

No pun intended...

Apparently, we aren’t eating until 7pm. I hate eating after 6pm....

ughhhh!!!


22 posted on 06/17/2014 6:15:53 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: rickmichaels

Too bad it doesn’t happen to a certain Kenyan who likes to Golf while Rome is burning.


23 posted on 06/17/2014 6:41:37 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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