Golfer survives mid-round, 18-foot sinkhole on Illinois course

Golfer Illinois Sinkhole
Miker Peters

In this cell phone image taken March 8, 2013 and provided by golfmanna.com, Hank Martinez, top, Ed Magaletta, right, and Russ Nobbe, look into an 18-foot-deep and 10-foot- wide sinkhole that golfer Mark Minhal fell into while playing golf at the Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Ill. Mihal, 43, a mortgage broker from Creve Coeur, Mo., was hoisted to safety with a rope and suffered a dislocated shoulder. (AP Photo/Courtesy of golfmanna.com, Mike Peters)

WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) — When it comes to dealing with this divot, score one for golfer Mark Mihal.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/13QvcoX ) reports that the mortgage broker from Creve Coeur, Mo., is recovering after a sinkhole opened up beneath him Friday on the fairway at the 14th hole of a southwestern Illinois golf course.

The pit that swallowed him was 18 feet deep and 10 feet wide.

The 43-year-old Mihal was hoisted to safety with a rope. The encounter at Annbriar Golf Course near Waterloo just southeast of St. Louis left him with a dislocated shoulder.

Although Mihal says he still considers the course one of his favorites, he's having second thoughts about returning there, saying "it'd be kind of strange playing that hole again, for sure."

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

I had a very simalar encounter.....

The only difference being, it was on Canal St. in Lewiston, just approaching the South Bridge. If I failed to swerve, that hole would have swallows my truck. My whole life flashed before me. It was scarey......

Noel Foss's picture

If you can't shoot par with a hole that size...

Maybe it's time to take up cribbage.
Glad he's okay, though.

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