No, it's not worth risking your life or your limbs.
Scottish Golfer Drowns In Spanish Water Hazard
By Torleif Sorenson on 4/25/13
(H/T Brian Kuehn)

A devoted golf enthusiast, 73-year-old Thomas Ross of Nairn, Scotland, drowned this past Sunday while attempting to retrieve his golf ball from a water hazard at the 5th hole of Dunas de Donana Golf Resort in Matalascañas, in southern Spain. Reports say that Ross did not know how to swim, but nevertheless chased after the sunken ball. Although Ross was pulled from the water alive, he died shortly thereafter, despite the efforts of a medical doctor who was part of Ross's group.

Ross was part of a traveling party visiting from Scotland's Nairn Golf Club, a genuine seaside links course which is notable in part for having hosted the 37th Curtis Cup Match last fall. Club secretary Yvonne Forgan released the following statement:
“We heard this morning. It's an absolute tragedy. We're all at sixes and sevens here. We don't know too much about it, only that he hit a shot into the water and went to retrieve it. Whether he took a turn or not, we don't know. Tom's been a member here for 33 years. He was passionate about his golf and had a handicap of 17. He will be sorely missed."
For those of you not familiar with this British colloquialism, "at sixes and sevens" is a phrase used to describe a state of bewilderment, disbelief, and utter confusion. In addition to offering our genuine sympathy to Mr. Ross's family, friends, and fellow golfers in Scotland, this story also serves as a cautionary tale for overly enthusiastic golfers whose shots stray deep into the water:

Just forget it. Take your one shot penalty and leave the ball in its watery grave, rather than making it your own watery grave.

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[ comments ]
Banker85 says:
geez thats tragic.
legitimatebeef says:
Thanks for the idiom lesson Tor as I had always wondered about that line from one of my favorite Stones songs -- "I'm all sixes and sevens and nines" -- I had always assumed it was some kind of allusion to card games.
mustang6560 says:
I need to send this to my dad. He bases the "success" or "failure" of his round by the number of golf balls he loses. As a result, he takes unnecessary risks to retrieve golf balls.
bkuehn1952 says:
To me, if there is any humor in a tragic story, it is the reference by the club secretary of Mr. Ross's handicap. When I die, I wonder if someone will mention my handicap and that I was an oob addict for 33 years.
DougE says:
There has to be more to this story. Do people actually go into deep water to retrieve a ball? That's what they make long ball retrievers for. I have never known anyone to be that determined to physically and willingly go deep into a hazard for a ball. Not even for a brand new ProV. The poor guy must have slipped and fell in or something, then got in further trouble somehow. Tragic any way you look at it.
windowsurfer says:
@bkuehn . . . oobers don't die, they just post less often
falcon50driver says:
I played 18 Tuesday, I was all sixes and sevens.
Kurt the Knife says:
dang. water hazard. a billion ways to die.
jcstoll says:
Huh. Interesting definition of "at sixes and sevens" from wikipedia: 'The phrase probably derives from a complicated dice game called "hazard."' Tragic. Though he died with his spikes on, doing something he loved.
Duke of Hazards says:
@DougE - from what I've heard, a true Scotsman would likely risk life and limb for a scuffed up Noodle+, let alone a ProV1.
Kurt the Knife says:
Possible he suffered some other isnult coincident to his immersion.

Like those patients we see that are injured in a fall. Then we investigate what might lead this otherwise upright elderly person to fall in the first place. Could it be that stroke you just experienced?
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