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75-Year-Old Man Bitten, Dragged by Alligator at a Golf Course Pond
theledger.com ^ | 4-30-12 | By Phil Attinger

Posted on 05/01/2012 7:48:49 PM PDT by rawhide

LAKE WALES | "You'll never get me to look at a gator, touch a gator or eat a gator," Albert Miller said.

He's seen enough of alligators for a while.

Miller, 75, is at home recovering from being bitten and dragged by a 9-foot alligator while he was playing golf last Wednesday.

Miller was playing a four-ball tournament with his friend, 66-year-old Ted Price last Wednesday at Lake Ashton Golf and Country Club.

Price said his ball landed closest to the 15th hole, but Miller had hooked his into the water that borders the green.

The golf course uses the pond for irrigation water, Price said, so the water is clear, not muddy.

No one saw an alligator, Price said, but in retrospect believes they should have been more cautious because of that.

Miller went over to the edge of the water with a ball retriever tool, and found two balls that weren't his, so he turned to leave.

That's when the alligator launched at him from under the water and got him by his left knee.

"He lifted me up three feet and slammed me down," Miller said.

(Excerpt) Read more at theledger.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: alligator; chat; gator; golf

A SPOKESMAN for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said trappers captured the alligator that attacked Albert Miller. The alligator weighed about 190 pounds. (PROVIDED TO THE LEDGER)

1 posted on 05/01/2012 7:48:59 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide
Florida, where the race is on to see who eats who first.

/johnny

2 posted on 05/01/2012 7:53:30 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: rawhide

That’s one tough water hazard.


3 posted on 05/01/2012 7:55:16 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: catpuppy

ping


4 posted on 05/01/2012 7:56:43 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1197 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: rawhide

One doesn’t have to out-run a gator, one simply has to outrun his golf partner.


5 posted on 05/01/2012 7:56:52 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: rawhide

Someone’s getting a new alligator golf bag.


6 posted on 05/01/2012 7:58:20 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: SparkyBass

that will make you work on your slice


7 posted on 05/01/2012 7:59:47 PM PDT by ghannonf18
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To: SparkyBass

that will make you work on your slice


8 posted on 05/01/2012 7:59:50 PM PDT by ghannonf18
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To: SparkyBass

that will make you work on your slice


9 posted on 05/01/2012 8:00:03 PM PDT by ghannonf18
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To: SparkyBass

that will make you work on your slice


10 posted on 05/01/2012 8:00:15 PM PDT by ghannonf18
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To: Uncle Slayton

Probably cost him a couple of strokes.


11 posted on 05/01/2012 8:00:28 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Uncle Slayton
Does a 12 gauge in the golf bag count against the number of clubs you can have in the bag?

I'm not a golfer. But I wouldn't approach a body of water in Florida without a firearm in my hand.

/johnny

12 posted on 05/01/2012 8:01:01 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: rawhide

It would be nice of the Lake Ashton Golf and Country Club if they’d extend an invitation to POTUS to play their course.


13 posted on 05/01/2012 8:01:57 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
LOL! That's just wrong. PETA needs to picket you. Advocating poisoning a poor gator.

/johnny

14 posted on 05/01/2012 8:05:42 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

ROTFLOL! T’would be nice, indeed! LOL!


15 posted on 05/01/2012 8:06:47 PM PDT by nfldgirl
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To: rawhide

His ‘miracle of the month”? Would think this his miracle of a lifetime. Good e-mail reminder for any/all, golfers in Florida.


16 posted on 05/01/2012 8:16:56 PM PDT by cricket ( It is not just 'the economy' and Newt knows it. . .)
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To: rawhide
Happened on the 14th hole. Prob up till then had the best golf score in his life;)
17 posted on 05/01/2012 8:19:34 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Uncle Slayton

We used to play on a course in Lake Charles, Louisiana that had quite a bit of rough around one side of one of the greens. Locals knew if they hit their ball in that rough to just leave it for the snakes - male newbie golfers not from the area often did not believe the stories and often found out the hard way.


18 posted on 05/01/2012 8:30:44 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: rawhide

I will never understand why anyone would go anywhere near fresh water in Florida.


19 posted on 05/01/2012 8:32:02 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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To: rawhide; frithguild; ColdOne; word_warrior_bob; 21stCenturion; Ted; Dinah Lord; Textide; bcsco; ...
This safety incident deserves a Golf Ping.

There are only 34 Rules Of Golf.

Email me if you want on the Golf Ping List:

Visit PGA.com, an excellent site.

20 posted on 05/01/2012 9:19:45 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Thanks for the belly laugh. That reminds me of the old LBJ joke about trolling for alligators. Can the One water ski?


21 posted on 05/01/2012 9:24:08 PM PDT by meatloaf (Support House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Yep, the gator tried to eat him. He could only return the courtesy.


22 posted on 05/01/2012 9:30:30 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (To the devil with them and the high horses they rode in on.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Were gators shot sufficiently, their numbers would be reduced and gators would know their place on the food chain - into the fryer and onto the plate.


23 posted on 05/01/2012 9:49:24 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: rawhide

I’d have my freezer stuffed with gator, a new golf bag and everyone on my Christmas list would be getting a new boots.


24 posted on 05/01/2012 9:51:55 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Huskrrrr

25 posted on 05/01/2012 9:58:59 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: rawhide

WHOA....reminds me of the time my husband was playing in S. Carolina...and I walked along....saw a gator at the top of a knoll on the side of one of the holes....never took my eyes off of him...until we were way far away...


26 posted on 05/01/2012 10:03:54 PM PDT by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: rawhide

This a croc. Not buying it.


27 posted on 05/01/2012 10:16:37 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: rawhide

"Hmmmm...golfers as bait?
I neva taught uh dat."

28 posted on 05/01/2012 10:27:23 PM PDT by Semper Mark (Oh. Who's being naive, Kay?)
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To: rawhide
Investigators also found out that someone had been feeding the 9-footer

Apparently not enough

29 posted on 05/01/2012 11:30:56 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: rawhide
They should have sent the Swamp People in to catch it:


30 posted on 05/02/2012 2:32:34 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: rawhide

That reminds me of the golf scene on Caddy Shack where the lawyer is dressed as a hockey goal keeper, definitely puts a new spin on bad shots...miss it the gator gets you..LOL!!!


31 posted on 05/02/2012 3:10:29 AM PDT by aces
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To: Terry Mross

Its ok Florida is drying up anyway...


32 posted on 05/02/2012 3:12:16 AM PDT by aces
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To: maddog55

they are searching for “square grouper”..LOL!!!


33 posted on 05/02/2012 3:14:41 AM PDT by aces
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To: aces
In Florida, it's always safest to assume that ANY body of water larger than a swimming pool could house a gator. (g)

Seriously,with a good sized pond, like this water hazard, the rule of thumb is stay TWICE as far from the water's edge as the lenght of the biggest gator..i.e. 20ft..

34 posted on 05/02/2012 3:38:30 AM PDT by ken5050 (FRACK Obama!!!)
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To: Uncle Slayton

The first time I played at Limuru in Kenya, I had been all over the place on the first four holes. Then we get to Five, and it is a long downhill to a large green with trees on the left and a pond on the right.

I ask my caddy, Godfreid, for the driver, thinking that I can run it down the hill close to the green. He hands me my five iron instead, and tells me to lay up. It all looks wide open to me, a perfect set up. So he points to the woods and says “Mamba”, and points to the pond and says “Crocs”.

I hit the five iron...


35 posted on 05/02/2012 3:38:48 AM PDT by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: 6SJ7

Ha! Thanks.


36 posted on 05/02/2012 6:09:10 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: rawhide

Why oh why couldn’t this have been datelined Thibodaux, Louisiana?

[cue Jerry Reed]


37 posted on 05/02/2012 6:14:23 AM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: rawhide
Anyone willing to pony up for a round for Obama?
His new campaign slogan should be, “FORE!”
38 posted on 05/02/2012 6:15:45 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: JRandomFreeper

To: Uncle Slayton

“I’m not a golfer. But I wouldn’t approach a body of water in Florida without a firearm in my hand”.

I for one wouldn’t approach FLORIDA without a firearm on my side. too many of Holder’s people cruisng about looking for someone to rob, rape, car jack, or what ever...Take your pick.


39 posted on 05/02/2012 7:07:39 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: JRandomFreeper
Yeah, johnny, it amazes me that someone would NOT expect an alligator in Florida.

I was securing the aft of my little boat to the trailer after pulling it out of an oxbow pond we have on the property. Standing at the edge with my back to the water. I soon, very soon, realized what a dumbbutt move that was and pulled the 4-wheeler further up and kept my sight toward the water. Still gives me the willies when I think about how stupid I was.

40 posted on 05/02/2012 7:16:07 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Uncle Slayton

During a scheduled Wednesday golf event as part of our company annual meeting, our president and one of our managers were playing in a foursome that had two par fours, back-to-back, intersected bay a canal.

On the way back on the second par four, their drives came up just short of the canal, and when they arrived at their balls, there was a fairly good-size alligator warming himself in the fairway.

The manager’s ball was first, so he got out (quite leery I might add...) and was told by the president not to worry. He’d shout if the alligator moved.

The manager addressed the ball and began his back swing. Just as he reached the top of his arc, the president yelled “WOW! I didn’t know they could run that fast!” The manager jumped and almost threw his club. Turning around, he saw the alligator still sunning himself about 15 yards behind him.

True story.


41 posted on 05/02/2012 11:27:00 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: ken5050

The lake in my back yard is down from no rain, Gators are peering at me when i go fishing, I carry a 357 with me...oh yea they are there..


42 posted on 05/17/2012 3:10:59 AM PDT by aces
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To: rawhide

Yeah, but did he finish the round?


43 posted on 05/17/2012 3:13:46 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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