Skip to comments.75-Year-Old Man Bitten, Dragged by Alligator at a Golf Course Pond
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.
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Thanks for the belly laugh. That reminds me of the old LBJ joke about trolling for alligators. Can the One water ski?
Yep, the gator tried to eat him. He could only return the courtesy.
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.
I’d have my freezer stuffed with gator, a new golf bag and everyone on my Christmas list would be getting a new boots.
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...
This a croc. Not buying it.
"Hmmmm...golfers as bait?
I neva taught uh dat."
Apparently not enough
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!!!
Its ok Florida is drying up anyway...
they are searching for “square grouper”..LOL!!!
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..
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...
Why oh why couldn’t this have been datelined Thibodaux, Louisiana?
[cue Jerry Reed]
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.
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.
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