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Legal action after man hits another with golf ball

Posted in: Public Liability Sporting Injuries 

A man has launched legal action against an Aberdeenshire golf club after he was hit by a ball outside his home. Army veteran Terry Gosling was forced to spend five days in hospital after being hit on the head by the ball near Alford Golf Club. The 75-year-old has taken legal action against the club, who were hosting the Gents Open when the accident happened on 27 June.

It was heard in court that the responsible player had hooked his shot too far to the left, which resulted in the ball travelling in the direction of Lang Stracht. It hit Mr Gosling in his front garden as he returned to his house after the annual Armed Forces Day processions in Aberdeen centre. Ambulances were immediately called to the scene and Mr Gosling was rushed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

“endeavouring to resolve the matter as swiftly as possible”

Local residents stated that they always worried that there would be an injury as a result of the nearby golf course. Some said that their triple-glazed windows had been smashed by balls, and slates had been removed from their roofs.

The golf club stated that a number of steps had already been taken since the incident to improve safety and ensure that it doesn’t happen again. A letter sent out to members by club captain Gavin Chalmers stated:

In conjunction with our insurers and the cover in place, the committee is endeavouring to resolve the matter as swiftly as possible”.

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