Golf courses challenge players with sand traps and water hazards. But for one golfer, he can now add sinkholes to that list.
Mark Mihal, a 43-year-old mortgage broker from Creve Couer, Mo., suffered a dislocated shoulder after a sinkhole opened up beneath him while playing a course in Illinois.
Mihal was on the fairway of the 14th hold at Annbriar Golf Course near Waterloo when the sinkhole opened up, according to Golfmanna.com, in a story recounted by Mihal’s wife.
“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.”
The sinkhole was approximately 18-feet deep and 10-feet wide, Golfmanna.com reports.
Mihal was rescued after one of his golfing partners, Ed Magaletta, climbed down into the sinkhole and used rope and a 12-foot ladder – supplied by course workers – to hoist Mihal out.
During the rescue, which lasted around 20 minutes, Magaletta took off his sweatshirt and made a sling for Mihal’s dislocated shoulder.