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GOLFER’S SWING SPARKS WILDFIRE


NEW YORK, NY – One golfer set the course on fire this past weekend – literally!

Golf isn’t usually thought of as a violent or dangerous sport – unless you’re an unaware spectator that gets hit in the head with a ball. Golfer’s usually play on beautiful, pristine courses and the sport is usually associated with finesse and calmness. With that in mind, associating a 12-acre fire with golf would never happen. Well … there’s a first time for everything.

How many golfer’s can claim that their swing was the cause of a 12-acre blaze? As it stand now, only one. The golfer, who’s name is being withheld, apparently hit a rock while trying to battle his way out of dry rough at Shady Canyon Golf Course in Irvine, CA this past weekend. The swing set off a fire that eventually consumed 12-acres.

Orange County fire authority Capt. Greg McKeown says more than 150 firefighters, backed up by helicopter, were required to put out the wildfire on Saturday.

“There’s a lot of dead growth out there,” said McKeown, adding that the dry tinder is always a “pretty big contributor” to wildfires in the region.

The good news: No charges have been filed against the unidentified golfer.

The bad news: The golfer may face a two stroke penalty.