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Get in the hole! Astonishing
moment a 15ft sinkhole
swallowed a GOLFER as he
walked along the fairway of
course in St Louis

Daily Mail (UK), by Helen Pow

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Posted By:JoniTx, 3/12/2013 5:15:27 PM

A Missouri father was hoping for a hole-in-one when he set out for a day of golf on Friday - but he didn´t think he´d end up the one in the hole. St Louis mortgage banker and avid golfer Mark Mihal was with three friends at the Annbriar Golf Course near Waterloo when he suddenly disappeared into the turf on the fairway of the 14th hole. The 43-year-old fell into a bell-shaped enclosure below the green that measured 15 feet deep and 10 feet wide, surprising his golf pals and the course management who said

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: nhchemist, 3/12/2013 5:27:31 PM     (No. 9221592)

Many years ago when working for a chemical company in Cleveland, we "lost" a worker who fell into a similar hole. He fell 10 feet and broke both arms. He was found several hours later. When he came back to work, he was given a pair of helium balloons to tie to his belt so that next time we would find him sooner.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 3/12/2013 5:28:57 PM     (No. 9221595)

A one-in-hole.

(Glad he´s OK.)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 3/12/2013 5:35:23 PM     (No. 9221607)

This happens more often than we think.

My father stepped into a small sinkhole that developed in our front lawn, injuring his leg, and a neighbor´s backyard patio collapsed one night. They heard a rumble, went to look, and all the concrete and pavers had sunk about 6 feet.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mitzi, 3/12/2013 5:39:39 PM     (No. 9221613)

From that map in the article, it looks like the WDC area is on top of evaporative rock.

You don´t suppose ....?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: WI Cynic, 3/12/2013 5:44:54 PM     (No. 9221619)

You can´t blame that hole on any gopher, Bill Murray!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: KanCreeper, 3/12/2013 5:53:26 PM     (No. 9221629)

It would be the answer to many prayers; if one of those sink holes would open on the Golf Course at Andrews AFB...Under you know who! Dear,Lord! make it Very,Very Deep!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: losgatos, 3/12/2013 5:55:00 PM     (No. 9221633)

We were backing our very heavy camper van out of the yard one day when my husband said...what was that little bump? He got out to look and there was a golf ball size hole..when he looked further it appeared to be much larger underground. The hole was huge! It could have swallowed half the van. If we didn´t have so much rock here in s. AZ it could have been bigger. It was caused by a combintion of me forgetting the tree water for a few days while out of town and the neighbor watering his "lawn" incessantly. Be careful with water!!



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Reply 8 - Posted by: Newtsche, 3/12/2013 6:54:12 PM     (No. 9221725)

Factoids: Annbriar -- Waterloo, Illinois -- is regularly voted the favorite course in the St. Louis area. It´s a beautiful track built through wooded and hilly land by a farmer who named it after his daughter who sadly died in a car wreck. Play it if you can.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mustang flyer, 3/12/2013 6:54:40 PM     (No. 9221726)

those silly sink holes...got the wrong guy again...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: sliver of truth, 3/12/2013 8:18:04 PM     (No. 9221786)

Wandered upon one on the side of the road one time here in central NY-opened up after a deluge of rain. Easily could have swallowed up an adult. These things are truly frightening.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: corndoggies, 3/12/2013 8:58:10 PM     (No. 9221817)

First walkers, now sinkholes. How´s a girl supposed to sleep at night?? Thanks for the map though, my part of Indiana looks pretty stable.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: revdeppisch316, 3/12/2013 9:48:22 PM     (No. 9221867)

Walkers resemble Hoosiers-- hard to tell the difference.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: veritas, 3/12/2013 11:09:39 PM     (No. 9221928)

1. A mortgage banker? He´s been through worse with Dodd-Frank and the CRA.

2. The golf course is to be commended. See the photo of the ladder thoughtfully left at the hole to help in retrieving the next victim.

3. But here´s the real problem. As Twain noted the less-than-ideal distribution of lightning, clearly golf course sinkholes could be much better located. I want to see them -- big ones, big, deep ones -- open up at PGA events. Under the morons who yell "Get in the hole!" [I´ll find you one day, Bill Murray] or "ba-ba-booie!" or "mashed potatoes!" on every tee shot. And you can hear them far better than you can hear even the studio announcers. Uh-oh. It´s not the on-the-course commentators who are these ignorant, uncivil, rude, bellowing morons, is it?

And I sincerely hope the Augusta National Golf Club promptly and decisively throws these morons off the premises at the first peep during The Masters! And their admission fees should be forfeited.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bob913, 3/13/2013 12:51:06 AM     (No. 9222008)

He scored his own hole in one.
Then darn gophers
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