Lightning strikes flagstick in South Africa
Why it's important to pay attention to thunderstorm warnings: Here's visual proof of what lightning can do on a golf course.
The Fancourt resort in George, South Africa, posted a photo Tuesday of the No. 1 green on its Gary Player-designed Outeniqua course. Apparently the lightning bolt went right down the flagstick and into the surface of the green:
Last night's lightening struck the flag stick on the 1st of Outeniqua. Not an everyday sight around here. pic.twitter.com/NflDPEd2dN
— Fancourt Golf (@FancourtGolf) May 20, 2014
Thankfully, it happened overnight so no one was on the course. But you rarely think of a fiberglass flagstick as being the target of lightning -- although there's a metal base that sits in the cup.
Lee Trevino was struck by lightning while playing in the Western Open near Chicago in 1975. And according to a 2013 study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administation, eight people in the United States have been killed by lightning strikes while playing golf since 2006.