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Sinkhole In One

With winter rules in force across lot of golf courses there was one golfer who got more than the bargained for when presented with a free drop in the middle of the fairway.

Mark Mihal, from Creve Coeur, Mo., was playing Annbriar Golf Course near Waterloo in Illinois, when ground gave way dropping the 43-year-old 18 feet into the middle of a dirt abyss.

Mihal and the rest of his four ball were on the 14th fairway when, having already hit his second shot, went to check out the distance for his playing partner, Mike Peters, who was getting ready to hit. Mike had his back to Mark and when he turned to say something to him, Mark was gone.

“I felt the ground start to collapse and it happened so fast that I couldn’t do anything,” Mihal said later. “I reached for the ground as I was going down and it gave way, too. It seemed like I was falling for a long time. The real scary part was I didn’t know when I would hit bottom and what I would land on.”

It was the first time something like this has ever happened in Illinois never mind Annbriar Golf Course. Philip Moss, a geologist who examined the sinkhole, said "This guy just really was in the wrong place at the wrong time".

Mihal said after the incident that it might be too strange for him to return to the course because of what happened but as any golfer knows it’ll take more than a near death experience to keep him away.