Wisconsin golfer killed by lightning
August 29, 2007
Madison, Wisconsin-A lightning strike
killed a 75-year-old Madison man Monday morning when he was caught
in an unexpected thunderstorm while golfing with friends at the
Odana Hill Golf Course.
Francis "Doc" Adams was
under a tree with his golf clubs when the "unfortunate tragedy
occurred," said Madison police spokesman Mike Hanson.
Adams was golfing in a group of four when the weather worsened.
All four players headed back to the clubhouse after finishing the
fifth hole, but when the others turned around, Adams wasn't there.
Madison Police officer Tom Grosse and
the Dane County coroner's office said that Adams was taking shelter
under a wet pine tree when lightning apparently struck his golf
bag, killing him instantly. The power of the strike virtually disintegrated
the bag, and left a large gash in the course that Grosse said gave
him "goose bumps."
Odana Hills posts signs and warns golfers of severe weather before
they tee off, but says it is up to the individuals to seek shelter.
The course does not have sirens.
I'm sure we are going to be looking
after today's incident, as with all tragic incidents, to review
policies and look at things that can be done to prevent this in
the future," said Odana Hills Golf Course director Ray Shane.
Shane said the golf course's policy
on the threat of lightning on the course was reviewed by the city's
manager and approved two years ago.