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Brent Kelley

Marshall Dies After Being Struck By Golf Ball

By February 27, 2005

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A golf course marshall in Arlington, Texas, died after being struck in the head by a golf ball. Deaths in this manner are exceedingly rare, but the sobering news brings up a very important point: Let's be careful out there.

The tools of our trade - metal clubs and hard spheres struck at great speeds - can do damage when they aren't handled properly. We can all use some reminders about golf course safety and golf etiquette. Our safety guidelines are especially good for beginners.

In the case in question, the longtime marshall ducked behind some trees off the fairway to watch the golfer on the tee box hit his drive. The ball ricocheted off those trees and struck the marshall in the head. He died the following day. This case is even more tragic, however, because of the identity of the man who hit the golf ball.

The marshall was 67-year-old Dale Parlin. His marshalling job at Lake Arlington Golf Course was one of his favorite things, according to family members.

Tragically, in addition to having to deal with the death of a family member, Parlin's loved ones must also come to grips with this fact: The man who hit the fatal shot was Parlin's 31-year-old son.

How afwul the younger Parlin must feel about this terrible accident. Our condolences go out to the family, and we hope that the younger Parlin finds a healthy way to deal with the terrible emotions he must be feeling right now.

Readers interested in viewing an article on the accident can do so in the Dallas Morning News (registration required).

See also:
Golf Course Safety
Golf Etiquette


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