Death by shank...one of the saddest golf incidents ever.

JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil.Columbus, OHMembers Posts: 7,253 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

Utterly heart breaking. 6 year old killed by her father while riding in the cart watching him golf.
Only lesson here. Never, never, never park the cart in front of someone hitting.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/utah-girl-6-dies-after-being-struck-golf-ball-hit-n1030641

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  • Hateto3PuttHateto3Putt Smoking Makes You Look Cool! Members Posts: 6,317 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow. An unimaginable tragedy.

    Occasionally, a thread will pop up here with newer parents asking about taking their young children onto the golf course. The boards get split over whether it's a good or bad idea, with many posters saying "it's super safe, what could happen?", "we only go when there's no other players", "it's safer than driving to the mall".

    Your link shows the absolute worse case scenario. I'm so very sorry for this family.

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  • golfandfishinggolfandfishing Members Posts: 3,636 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Jul 17, 2019 11:36am #3

    I’m sure this guy was just doing his part to “grow the game”. This most commonly used excuse for selfish and irresponsible behavior on the course over the last 20 years.

  • No_Catchy_NicknameNo_Catchy_Nickname Kyushu,_JapanMembers Posts: 5,483 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Don't want to read that, but just the headline is heartbreaking.

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  • MelloYelloMelloYello Upstate, SCMembers Posts: 3,526 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Does this really need to be shared as a thread?

    That's terrible. A story best not re-told IMHO.

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  • golfandfishinggolfandfishing Members Posts: 3,636 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Every so often on this board someone will start a thread with anger directed at a golf course for not allowing them to bring their kids on the course or range as spectators or they get funny looks because their kids are chasing frogs or rolling around in the grass during a late afternoon round. After all - the course is deserted and they aren’t holding anyone up. What’s the big deal, right? Why are course managers and members so mean? They are practically alone on the course, what harm could possibly be done?

    This story is very relevant on this board.

    @MelloYello said:
    Does this really need to be shared as a thread?

    That's terrible. A story best not re-told IMHO.

  • MelloYelloMelloYello Upstate, SCMembers Posts: 3,526 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Eh, seems like bad news for sake of bad news to me.

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  • SocratesSocrates How can it be so *&#% hard to make a shoulder turn? WinnipegClubWRX Posts: 9,472 ClubWRX

    Tragic. A couple of years ago a couple came out with their kids (under 5) and had them sitting in the cart. They didn't make it 50 yrds off the first tee and the mother shanked a ball and hit the boy just under the eye. Fortunately just cut and bruised, but it easily could have been the loss of an eye. And they wonder why we make them sign a release form.

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  • nova6868nova6868 Members Posts: 4,737 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Absolutely tragic. Just terrible.

  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Tasmania to CanadaMembers Posts: 12,503 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Just terrible to read. The father has to be in a state of shock, so sad
    I never hit a shot with my 2 girls or dog any degree in front of me, you had to be hyper aware because they were young (and agile)
    Like this little girl, my girls loved riding in the cart and hanging with dad. Looking for frogs and baby animals etc
    I tell you we had a small scare one night. Parked on a hill. Kids stay in the cart. One of them somehow releases the brake when I was five steps away. They never stayed alone in the cart again (that never gets talked about)

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  • RSinSGRSinSG ClubWRX Posts: 3,197 ClubWRX

    I read this in the local news this morning and was going to share it here. I’m a little surprised that anyone on this site would dismiss a story like this as this site is where it needs to be retold. For those of you who take your little ones on the course with you, (and I think it is a good thing to do BTW) please be aware of the danger. Not unlike practicing range safety when target shooting you need to make sure no one is ever down range.

    In the local media several of the comments said it was no ones fault, and while that is well intentioned hoping to bring some comfort to the grieving dad, in reality his lack of situational awareness caused the ultimate tragedy any parent can endure. While it’s not appropriate to bash on him now, I hope the sharing of this story will prompt one other dad to be hyper aware of the dander when taking children on the course.

    https://www.ksl.com/article/46595858/6-year-old-utah-girl-dies-after-being-hit-by-golf-ball-on-orem-course

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  • Redjeep83Redjeep83 Members Posts: 5,345 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    always park it behind the person shooting, especially if a little kid is in the cart. Must of broke the spine

  • howaboutmehowaboutme Fairfax, VAMembers Posts: 149 ✭✭✭

    Agree, nothing wrong w/ sharing. I go with my 10 year old (she also golfs) and make sure she's behind me for every shot. Well..except for maybe putter.

  • MilkyButterCutsMilkyButterCuts Members Posts: 925 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Jul 17, 2019 3:24pm #14

    I'm just north in Salt Lake County. Sleepy Ridge is a great course.

    Absolutely unimaginable. May her family find comfort at some point - some how.
    May her soul rest in peace.
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  • Man_O_WarMan_O_War Members Posts: 2,886 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    i have been hit by a golf ball...no way do i have a child in front of me or to the side of me during a swing..NO matter how good i may think i am. Just don't do it. Too tragic

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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers Posts: 28,664 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    My daughter is 1 right now and I can't wait to be able to take her to the course. This story is tragic and horrible, and also a reminder of how serious you have to be in making sure you are being safe .

    Not just kids mind you. Many adults walk ahead of the play, stand in front of the hitter etc...all it takes is one shot gone wrong

    Very sad

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  • Chief IlliniwekChief Illiniwek Members Posts: 2,762 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Jul 19, 2019 4:33pm #17

    I don't walk out in front of ANYONE including pluses I play with, and I don't like anyone in front of me. There's occasionally shanks on tour. That said, I do take my 5 year old to the course. And I'm extremely careful, but I know there's also some risk there. But there's risk there, the same as them driving down the road with you, playing on the **** bars, etc. There's risk in everything. You've just gotta be diligent about young ones' safety. But accidents will happen. And it's awful, but just by sheer number plus an instant global media you're going to hear about something that tragically kills someone. Especially tough when it's a young one. Prayers to the family and especially the father. I can't imagine the struggles he's having seeing this was at his own hand and although freakishly unlikely, also preventable. He'll carry this his whole life and I hope he finds a way to get through.

  • KAndyManKAndyMan JUST GOTTA SEND IT!!! Trident/Lowcountry areaMembers Posts: 383 ✭✭✭✭

    @Chief Illiniwek said:
    I don't walk out in front of ANYONE including pluses I play with, and I don't like anyone in front of me. There's occasionally shanks on tour. That said, I do take my 5 year old to the course. And I'm extremely careful, but I know there's also some risk there. But there's risk there, the same as them driving down the road with you, playing on the **** bars, etc. There's risk in everything. You've just gotta be diligent about young ones' safety. But accidents will happen. And it's awful, but just by sheer number plus an instant global media you're going to hear about something that tragically kills someone. Especially tough when it's a young one. Prayers to the family and especially the father. I can't imagine the struggles he's having seeing this was at his own hand and although freakishly unlikely, also preventable. He'll carry this his whole life and I hope he finds a way to get through.

    Pretty much exactly how i see it. When i take my 4 year old she has been more than instructed to stay BEHIND ANYONE swinging a club. Usually i have her sit in the cart at about 4-5 to the direction im aiming. That way i can always see her in my peripheral specially if she starts moving and if the dreaded S word happens she should be fine. That being said there are risks in everyday life in general. Heck my 2 year old choked on a **** banana that was pre-mashed somehow. Luckily i was right there and noticed what was happening right away. Very Very Very sad story here and hopefully dad is able to pick himself up someday. Being in construction most of my career Ive known of/heard plenty of stories about guys accidentally running people over with heavy equipment and it has really messed some of them up to the point where they never returned to normal. I really hope that doesnt happen with this guy.

  • rainkingjrrainkingjr Members Posts: 2,654 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Tragic story. I can't even imagine how the father feels. Kind of off topic, but it always blows my mind how people line up out in front while watching pros play. I know they're professionals, but professionals also hit the occasional shank.

  • RSinSGRSinSG ClubWRX Posts: 3,197 ClubWRX

    @rainkingjr said:
    Kind of off topic, but it always blows my mind how people line up out in front while watching pros play. I know they're professionals, but professionals also hit the occasional shank.

    I cringe when I see a crowd 15 yards in front of one of the big hitters. No way they would have time to get out of the way. One of these days there is going to be a serious, life-threatening injury at a tour event.

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