Thursday 18 December 2014

Woman's head poured blood after golf ball hit her, court told

Tim Healy

Published 30/05/2014 | 02:30

Mary Brennan with husband Philip

A HUSBAND has told how he found his wife with blood pouring from her head after he ran into a golf club house where she had allegedly been hit with a golf ball.

Philip Brennan said minutes before he had waved to his wife Mary on the balcony of the Old Conna Golf Club in Bray, Co Wicklow. Mr Brennan had been playing a round with three other men including fellow Old Conna member Patrick Trundle whose ball allegedly hit Mrs Brennan.

"I ran up the emergency stairs to the club house. She said she could not see me. I was in a panic," Mr Brennan said.

He was giving evidence in the second day of his wife's action against Mr Trundle over the incident at the club in 2009.

"Since the accident, Mary's social life has completely diminished; it is nothing like what we had before. It has been a horrific time for us," he said.

Mrs Brennan, The Park, Cabinteely, Co Dublin, has sued Mr Trundle as a result of being struck on the right-top part of her head with a golf ball in April 2009.

She has claimed Mr Trundle should have called a warning such as "fore" when hitting his ball from the rough.

She had only three weeks earlier become a full member of the Old Conna club.

Headaches

She told the court she started vomiting eight days after the golf ball incident, had double vision and headaches.

Eight days after the alleged incident, she was admitted to St Vincent's Hospital and was told she had had a stroke.

Mrs Brennan told the court she still has vision difficulties, pain and problems with her right hand.

In evidence yesterday, Mr Brennan said he was playing a fourball qualifier at Old Conna with three other men including Mr Trundle.

He said Mr Trundle had played a third shot and it ended up on the practice putting green.

Mr Brennan said he did not see the flight of the ball in Mr Trundle's fifth shot but he heard "a bit of a commotion".

Somebody told him Mary had been hit with a golf ball and he ran up the emergency stairs to reach her. "I spoke to her. She was not responding. I was saying 'look at me', but she said 'I can't see you'."

Colm Condon SC, for Mr Trundle, put it to Mr Brennan that Mr Trundle was going to pick up the ball and not finish out the hole, but Mr Brennan told him to play the fifth shot.

"No, it is not in my remit to tell another golfer what to do," Mr Brennan replied.

He agreed that if he had seen the ball head towards the veranda he would have shouted "fore" but be said he did not have sight of Mr Trundle's ball.

Earlier, golf course architect and golf expert Ronan Brannigan in evidence said Mr Trundle's golf shot was "a very errant shot".

He said it is the player's responsibility to know where the golf ball is going.

The case continues before Mr Justice Michael Peart.

Irish Independent

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