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Old     (srock)      Join Date: Mar 2002       10-12-2009, 1:19 PM Reply   
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Officials say an alligator bit off part of a golfer's arm as he leaned over to pick up his ball at a private South Carolina course.

The man, who is in his 70s, was retrieving his ball from a pond when the 10-foot alligator bit him at Ocean Creek Golf Course in Beaufort County. The gator pulled the golfer into the pond and ripped off his arm in the struggle. His golf partners were able to free him.

Wildlife workers killed the alligator and retrieved the arm in the hopes it might be reattached.

The man has not been identified. He was being treated at the Medical University of South Carolina, but officials there would not release any information about him.

A call to the golf course was not immediately returned.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
Old     (wakeboardertj)      Join Date: May 2005       10-12-2009, 1:27 PM Reply   
CHUBS! Thats nut though, makes me nervous about the time i was photographing a mother alligator next to her babies only 5 feet away! Then going to the educational tour of the park i was in Florida to learn they can have burst speeds of 20 mph
Old     (premier136)      Join Date: Jul 2006       10-12-2009, 1:29 PM Reply   
Wouldnt let me play on the pro tour anymore, im sorry bc ur black, hell no damn aligator bit my hand off
Old     (hawkeye7708)      Join Date: Feb 2007       10-12-2009, 2:07 PM Reply   
Oh man.... GATOR GRABBER!!!!!!!!
Old     (hawaiianstiln)      Join Date: Oct 2004       10-12-2009, 2:51 PM Reply   
hmmmm, I carry about a 3 handicap in golf and there is just certain things you become aware of when being on the golf courses all the time. I remember about 7 years ago flying out to Myrtle Beach to play golf (36 holes a day for 4 days) and there were crocks sometimes sitting on the side of the tee box which was insane. I knew right there that if I hit a ball into the water on any of those courses, that there is no need to even go near or try and dig a few balls out of the water.

The problem with really old people on golf courses is they take more time fishing out balls from the lakes than actually playing golf (it seems). I wonder if he was over there fishing a bunch out and finally got pounced on. Some crazy stuff
Old    Slingshot            10-12-2009, 2:54 PM Reply   
Ah...I love Happy Gilmore!
Old     (vlxwakeboarder)      Join Date: Jun 2008       10-12-2009, 2:57 PM Reply   
With a guy your size why didn't you play a normal sport like football. My mom thought it was too dangerous and wouldn't sign the permission slip. Yea good call.
Old     (tcaz)      Join Date: Aug 2008       10-12-2009, 4:13 PM Reply   
So there have been no previous encounters with this gator? No signs warning people to just let that $10 Titleist ball go because there's an effin' 10 FOOT ALLIGATOR just hanging out? Hmmmm...
Old     (bogartsomeday)      Join Date: Mar 2009       10-12-2009, 6:56 PM Reply   
Does this mean surfing is more risky too?


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