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Sinkhole becomes par for the course for golfer

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Golfers peer at Mark Mihal, who fell into an 18-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up underneath him at an Illinois course. (Golfmanna.com) Courtesy of Fox News.com Golfers peer at Mark Mihal, who fell into an 18-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up underneath him at an Illinois course. (Golfmanna.com) Courtesy of Fox News.com
Mark Mihal (Golfmanna.com) Courtesy of Fox News.com Mark Mihal (Golfmanna.com) Courtesy of Fox News.com

Golf courses challenge players with sand traps and water hazards. But for one golfer, he can now add sinkholes to that list.

Mark Mihal, a 43-year-old mortgage broker from Creve Couer, Mo., suffered a dislocated shoulder after a sinkhole opened up beneath him while playing a course in Illinois according to Fox News.com.

Mihal was on the fairway of the 14th hold at Annbriar Golf Course near Waterloo when the sinkhole opened up, according to Golfmanna.com, in a story recounted by Mihal's wife.

"I felt the ground start to collapse and it happened so fast that I couldn't do anything," Mihal said. "I reached for the ground as I was going down and it gave way, too. It seemed like I was falling for a long time. The real scary part was I didn't know when I would hit bottom and what I would land on."

The sinkhole was approximately 18-feet deep and 10-feet wide, Golfmanna.com reports.

Mihal was rescued after one of his golfing partners, Ed Magaletta, climbed down into the sinkhole and used rope and a 12-foot ladder – supplied by course workers – to hoist Mihal out.

During the rescue, which lasted around 20 minutes, Magaletta took off his sweatshirt and made a sling for Mihal's dislocated shoulder.

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