Illionis native and http://www.golfmanna.com co-founder, Mark Mihal, was one over par on the 14th hole of the Annbriar Golf Club when he unsuspectingly fell into an 18ft. black void. According to http://www.golf.com:
Golfing with buddies, Mihal was waiting to hit his third shot, some 100 yards from the pin on the par 5, when he noticed a bathtub-looking indentation about knee deep just behind him on the fairway. At just one over par for the round, the golfer with a 6 handicap was on a roll.
Mihal remarked about how awkward it would be to hit out of the odd depression, and then walked over to give it a closer look and took one step onto it.
“It didn’t look unstable,” he said. “And then I was gone. I was just freefalling. It felt like forever, but it was just a second or two, and I didn’t know what I was going to hit. And all I saw was darkness.”
His golfing buddies didn’t see him vanish into the earth but noticed he wasn’t visible, figuring he had tripped and fallen out of sight down a hill. But one of them heard Mihal’s moans and went to investigate.
“He just thought it was some crazy magic trick or something,” Mihal said.
Friends managed to pull him out with a rope after about 20 minutes. Mihal suffered a shoulder injury but is otherwise fine… just a bit shaken up.
Safe assumption that he’ll be granted free greens fees at this course for life! -WH