Lightning strikes flagstick in South Africa

Outeniqua golf course
Fancourt Resort/Twitter
A South African golf course flagstick was struck by lightning Monday night.
By Mark Aumann

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 | 10:04 a.m.

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:





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.