Golf Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

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bill-swift - May 3, 2012

Doctors tell us that we all need to exercise at least a little a few times a week in order to live a happy and healthy life. Doing so becomes especially important as we get older. Ask some golfers and they will tell you that is why they took up the game of golf in the first place.

There are plenty of not so fun ways to get a little exercise than walking 18 holes and swinging a club at a little white ball, right? As it turns out, the game can actually be pretty dangerous.

Anyone that has ever seen the Adam Sandler movie Happy Gilmore knows the story of Chubbs the golf pro (played by the man formerly known as Apollo Creed). Poor guy lost his hand to an alligator, cutting short his pro career.

As it turns out there was a more than just a shade of reality to that part of the movie. It is not unheard of for alligators to attack golfers. Just ask Albert Miller.

The 75-year old was enjoying a round at the Lake Ashton Golf & Country Club in Florida when he hit a ball into the water on the 15th hole. As luck would have it, the ball was still in reach, but when Miller bent over to pick it up he was attacked by an alligator (apparently known of his friends took inspiration from Happy Gilmore and fought the gator)!

This gator was no half-pint either. This sucker was a good 9 feet long and weighed close to 200 pounds. He latched on to Miller's knee and started dragging him into the water. The water was up to his waist before the gator let him go.

I already don't ski because I'm afraid of doing a Sony Bono and nailing a tree; now I have a great excuse for skipping the golf course too; nothing but putt-putt for this guy.

(Hopefully Brian Gay gave his caddie Kip Henley a bonus for saving his ball on the 15th hole at the RBC Heritage a couple of weeks ago.)

Article by Travis Pulver

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