Skip to comments.Four golfers injured in lightning strike [near Toronto]
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 didnt 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 wasnt 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 hadnt been there, theres 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.
Obviously God wanted to play through and those FOUR wouldn't let Him!
Should have held up a one iron.
You wed my mind before I could type out my response.
Hey,it never did Ranger Gord any harm.
Then I thought 'what would the president of the United States be doing in Stouffville?'
I live on one of the top rated courses in California.
I don’t golf because I still have sex and hate ugly pants...
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!”
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.
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?
I could answer that, but the I’d have to kill you.
LOL, I have zero interest in golf.
That one guy is pretty lucky to have had people so close by that could revive him.
LOL! Another reason I don’t golf.
I hope they survived the ordeal heh.
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.
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...
no, there are certain words you can say to them that pretty much guarantees you will be struck by a woman.
Yes, I experienced a joyous moment of wishful thinking as well...............