Hilton Head man drowns after falling into golf course pond

By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 3:34 p.m.

The Islandpacket.com out of Hilton Head, S.C., has the sad story of Lawrence Monroe Slovin -- an 86-year-old man who drowned after falling into a golf course pond on Sunday.

Slovin was said to have been reaching for a golf ball when he fell into the pond on the three-hole Cypress of Hilton Head course near his home in Hilton Head Plantation at about 2 p.m. Sunday. Slovin's golf partner told deputies Slovin had only recently begun playing golf again after a hospital stay.

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From the report:

Slovin hit his golf ball back onto the fairway from near the water hazard when he spotted another golf ball closer to the water, the report said. The man said Slovin's recent health issues prevented him from bending down to grab the ball, so he tried to knock it toward him with his golf club.

Slovin lost his footing trying to hit the ball, falling backward into the water hazard. The man tried to grab his feet, but Slovin began to thrash in the waist-high water and went under, the report said.

The man said he couldn't immediately find Slovin in the muddy water. He located Slovin's body about five minutes later, pulling him to the bank of the water hazard to wait for members of the Hilton Head Island EMS to arrive, the report said.

When emergency crews arrived at the scene, they were unable to detect Slovin's heartbeat and he was pronounced dead.

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.