Not exactly anyone’s idea of a relaxing game of golf.
Mark Mihal, the co-founder of golfmanna.com, is damn lucky to be alive. He was playing last Friday at an Illinois golf course when the earth swallowed him up. He dropped 18 feet into the ground, but was fortunately resuced by his playing partners and clubhouse crew, reports USA Today.
“They were in the fairway on No. 14; Mark had already hit his second shot when he 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.
Mike could hear Mark moaning and ran in the direction where he had been standing just a few seconds earlier. It was immediately clear what had happened; the ground had caved in and Mark had fallen into the earth – 18 feet underground.
“I felt the ground start to collapse and it happened so fast that I couldn’t do anything,” Mark 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.” Mark landed in mud at the bottom of the sinkhole, which was approximately 10’ wide.
“Looking up, it appeared to be shaped like a bell,” he said. The two other golfers in the foursome, Ed Magaletta and Hank Martinez, saw Mark fall but they were further away and thought he must have rolled down a hill, until they got up to the location of the sinkhole. Ed quickly called the clubhouse and told them, first of all, that it was not a prank call. He said to bring a ladder, some rope, and to call an ambulance; that one of their foursome had fallen into a sinkhole.”