Freedomroo – Moment golf shot lands on the back of seven-foot alligator before beast waddles off into a lake

Golfer David Ksieniewicz was left in a bit of a pickle this week after his shot landed on the back of a sun bathing seven-foot alligator at Okatie's Spring Island Club, South Carolina on Monday

Let’s call that ball lost: Moment golf shot lands on the back of seven-foot alligator before beast waddles off into a lake with it

  • David Ksieniewicz restarted the hole after losing his ball to the beast on Monday
  • The rare incident happened at Okatie’s Spring Island Club in South Carolina
  • Golf Association rules allow players a ‘relief’ if their ball lands near an animal

Golfer David Ksieniewicz was left in a bit of a pickle this week after his shot landed on the back of a sun bathing seven-foot alligator at Okatie’s Spring Island Club, South Carolina on Monday

A South Carolina golfer was left in a bit of a pickle this week after his shot landed on the back of a sun bathing seven-foot alligator. 

Unsurprisingly, David Ksieniewicz chose to give the tricky shot a miss, leaving the alligator to waddle back into a lake with its prize at Okatie’s Spring Island Club on Monday. 

Footage of the incident showed the ball, still firmly lodged on the alligator’s back, disappear into the water with the ferocious animal. 

In most golf games, players are forced to take the shot from wherever the ball has landed – be that rough or sand. 

And playing balls ‘as they lie’ is something of a point of pride among golfers.

However, Ksieniewicz’s decision to reset after his shot landed on the alligator’s back is actually allowed in the game according to US Golf Association rules.  

The alligator managed to waddle back into a lake with its prize at Okatie's Spring Island Club on Monday

Footage of the rare incident showed the ball, still firmly lodged on the alligator's back, disappear into the water with the ferocious animal

Unsurprisingly, David Ksieniewicz chose to give the tricky shot a miss, leaving the alligator to waddle back into a lake with its prize at Okatie’s Spring Island Club on Monday. Footage of the rare incident showed the ball, still firmly lodged on the alligator’s back, disappear into the water with the ferocious animal

The organisation’s guidelines allow players to take a ‘relief’ when they run into ‘abnormal course conditions’, including ‘dangerous animals’. 

Rule 16.2(a) specifically states golfers can restart the hole if playing a ball that has landed near, or on, a dangerous animal ‘could cause serious physical injury to the player’, ABC4 News reported. 

A ‘relief’ means the player can either move the ball or drop a new one in a safe and reasonable location for their next shot without racking up a stroke penalty, or restart the hole all together. 

Posting a picture of the golf ball sitting neatly on the alligator’s back, Ksieniewicz’s daughter Kristine Robinson said: ‘Shot of the day!’

Adding that the ‘relief’ rule was convenient because ‘we determined that my dad should probably consider this dangerously shanked shot unplayable and start over,’

Posting a picture of the golf ball sitting neatly on the alligator's back, Ksieniewicz's daughter Kristine Robinson said: 'Shot of the day!' Adding that the 'relief' rule was convenient because 'we determined that my dad should probably consider this dangerously shanked shot unplayable and start over'

Posting a picture of the golf ball sitting neatly on the alligator’s back, Ksieniewicz’s daughter Kristine Robinson said: ‘Shot of the day!’ Adding that the ‘relief’ rule was convenient because ‘we determined that my dad should probably consider this dangerously shanked shot unplayable and start over’

The situation might sound like a rare incident, but golfers have reported similar problems in the past. 

In December, one brave golfer tiptoed behind a 10ft-long alligator to snatch a ball that was lodged on the creature’s tail on a golf course in Florida. 

Brandon Downes was playing golf with with his brother, Kyle, on December 13 at Cape Coral’s Coral Oaks Golf Course in North Fort Myers when they noticed the alligator.

Despite the fact that alligators are a common sight in southern Florida, the two brothers noticed that this one had somehow gotten a golf ball lodged on its tail.

In an act of foolish bravery, Brandon decided to attempt to retrieve the ball and Kyle began recording the moment on his phone.

The footage shows Brandon creep up behind the 10ft-long gator that is basking in the sun, laying very still beside a pond. He then crouches down, reaches out and grabs the golf ball off its scaly tail.

The alligator senses the movement and quickly splashes back into the water as Brandon sprints away. 

Brandon decided to attempt to retrieve the ball while Kyle recorded the moment

He creeps up behind the gator, crouches down and grabs the golf ball off

Brandon decided to attempt to retrieve the ball while Kyle recorded the moment on his phone. He creeps up behind the gator, crouches down and grabs the golf ball off its tail

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