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Golfer is swallowed by 18-foot-deep sinkhole in middle of fairway

March 13, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Hank Martinez, top, Ed Magaletta, right, and Russ Nobbe look into an 18-foot-deep sinkhole that golfer Mark Mihal fell into.
Hank Martinez, top, Ed Magaletta, right, and Russ Nobbe look into an 18-foot-deep… (Associated Press )

Note to Mark Mihal: That's not what they mean by a hole in one.

Mihal was playing golf with some friends at Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Ill., on Monday. On the 14th fairway, Mihal was trying to gauge the distance from his ball to the hole when a sinkhole opened up and swallowed him.

Mihal fell 18 feet, getting a few bruises and a dislocated shoulder.

“I felt the ground start to collapse and it happened so fast that I couldn’t do anything,” Mihal said. “I reached for the ground as I was going down and it gave way, too. It seemed like I was falling for a long time. The real scary part was I didn’t know when I would hit bottom and what I would land on.”

His friends rushed over and called the clubhouse. A rope was quickly found, and Mihal, 43, was pulled to safety.

So, do you get a mulligan if something like that happens? A two-stroke penalty? Free use of the golf course for life?

Hopefully they didn't force him to replace his divot. That could take all day.


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