Sinkhole on Illinois golf course swallows golfer
By mustang6560 on 3/12/13
Thanks to oober meatball413 for the tip!

The normal hazards at Annbriar Golf Course were the least of Mark Mihal's problems during his recent golf outing. The 43-year-old was standing in the fairway on the 14th hole when he was suddenly swallowed into a sinkhole.
"I was standing in the middle of the fairway," Mihal said Monday. "Then, all of a sudden, before I knew it, I was underground."

Mihal said he fell into the mud floor of an enclosure shaped like a bell, up to 18 feet deep and 10 feet wide. The rescue was precarious, he said, because no one knew whether the surface hole would grow or the enclosure would collapse.

A companion called the course's pro shop, where general manager Russ Nobbe gathered some rope and a ladder and rushed to the rescue. Mihal had dislocated his shoulder, so Ed Magaletta, a friend and a real estate agent, climbed down and put a rope around Mihal's waist so he could be hoisted to safety.
Mark is lucky to walk away from the ordeal with only minor injuries.

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[ comments ]
PKT says:
One word: "Yikes"
frankteo714 says:
This was in Illinois, not Missouri.
SpaceMaNy0 says:
Talk about a hole in one...
bobhooe says:
get in the HOLE
bkuehn1952 says:
You hit a ball and as it goes toward the hole. Before the ball either reaches the hole or stops, a sinkhole opens up and the hole and ball disappear into a subterranean chamber. Was the putt holed?

As you swing a sinkhole opens up and you and your ball disappear into the hole. Does the stroke count?

Wow, the possible Rules issues are endless!
Anti-Mulligan says:
Unfortunate. This is one of the best public courses in the Metro STL area. Too bad for the bad publicity as this has become national news.
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