Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Uh Ohhh. A New Precedent Has Been Set

According to a Sunday Jan 15 post over at Golf Blogger, an Iowa man was struck and injured seriously during a city sponsored tournament by a golf ball while standing in the 18th fairway. The ball was hit from the first tee (sounds like my ball flight M.O.).

No big story right, happens all the time you say. Stop wasting my time with your drivel you say. Well, banana slice breath, let me tell you what happened next. The guy sued the city. The city rightly argued that there is an inherent risk to golf, all normal so far but guess what, the court thought differently. They ruled that "the city could have taken steps to protect golfers from errant shots, like planting trees or shrubs to shield the fairway on 18 from sliced shots on the 1st tee..." Has the court ever heard of Links style golf for goodness sake!

Yikes, that's trouble. Now that the lawyers have smelled blood, no course will be safe to be injured on (huh?). As Golf Blogger said, now you'll have to go to the first tee with your pro shop issued hard hat and goggles.

Maybe I should look into buying stock in the National Hard Hat and Goggle Manufacturing Co.

Golf Times


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