Woman was struck by ‘freak’ golf shot, court told
A GOLFER being sued by a woman who claims she was injured when struck by a ball he hit has told the High Court it was a freak and wayward shot.
Patrick Trundle said his shot out of the rough on the 18th hole of Old Conna Golf Club in Bray, Co Wicklow, was “wayward beyond belief”.
“I was playing away from the club house. If I had seen the flight of the ball heading towards the clubhouse I would have had an automatic reaction of shouting ‘fore’,” he said.
Mr Trundle was giving evidence in the third day of an action by fellow Old Conna member Mary Brennan, who has sued Mr Trundle for damages as a result of the April 2009 incident where his golf ball struck her on the top right of her head as she stood chatting on the clubhouse balcony.
Mrs Brennan, from The Park, Cabinteely, has claimed Mr Trundle should have called a warning such as fore when hitting his ball from the rough.
Mrs Brennan had only three weeks earlier become a full member of the Old Conna.
She told the court she started vomiting eight days after the incident and had double vision and headaches.
She was admitted to St Vincent’s Hospital and was told she had had a stroke. She told the court she still has vision difficulties, pain and problems with her right hand.
Counsel for Mrs Brennan said there was no suggestion Mr Trundle deliberately shot at the clubhouse.
Mr Trundle, who has been playing golf since the 1980s, told the court he was playing a game of fours with Mrs Brennan's husband Philip on the other team.
He said if a player does not see the ball he has hit, he does not shout fore, but turns to his other players and asks them where the ball has gone.
The case has been adjourned until later in June.