Posted 14 February 2018 - 09:08 AM
Two occasions spring to mind:
1) 4th hole on my home course at the time--handicap #1 signature hole, miss fairway to the left and end up next to a small tree. Still have a shot, but tree is obstructing my backswing a bit. Take a practice swing, two, three, and then it's a blur. Next thing I know I'm on my stomach and am army crawling as fast as I can. Then the pain hits. And then I hear the noise. The buzzing of hundreds of angry wasps, whose nest I had apparently just hit with my backswing. Ended up with 5 pretty sizable stings on various parts of my body, and lucky it wasn't worse. Meanwhile, my wife, who happens to be driving the cart for me this round, is across the fairway and has literally no idea what's going on or why I'm on the ground...
2) Playing at a friend's private club, and we've just hit our drives on the 18th. There's a stream you have to cross to get to the fairway, and the cart path runs parallel to the stream and then takes a sharp left turn over the bridge. So I'm driving along and take the turn going just a touch too fast. We hit the threshold to the bridge which I've just noticed is sharply raised about 2 inches from the path. Apparently the impact of hitting the curb too hard somehow breaks the linkage between the steering column and wheels, and so I lose the ability to turn the cart back to straight. With the wheels still cut left, the cart rams against the left bridge support. My left foot, meanwhile, is angled such that my toe is hanging out of the cart by an inch or two. It catches the steel support and gets wrenched back behind me, and then smashed between the cart and the railing. I lay on the ground on the other side of the fairway for a few minutes, thinking I've just sprained my ankle (which I am accustomed to from years of basketball) and that it will be better in a few. About 10 minutes later I'm able to get up gingerly. I then like an idiot decide that I'm finishing my round as I'm already on the 18th. I manage to somehow hit a sweet shot from 160 onto the green using the borrowed hickory clubs I'm playing this round (first and only time I've ever played hickories), and putt out.
Turns out I broke both my ankle and my foot in two places. Spent the next month on crutches and then another month or so in the boot. My wife also happened to be in the cart with me for this one as well. Needless to say she doesn't ride with me much anymore.