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Golfer swallowed by sinkhole, lives to tell about it

Mar 12, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Yep, a hole-in-one. Only 43-year-old Mark Mihal didn’t score it in the conventional manner: it was Mark who went in the hole, and the ball that stayed on the fairway. It happened in Waterloo, Ill., when Mihal, who runs a fantasy golf site, fell into a sinkhole at the fairway of the 14th hole at the Annbriar Golf Course.

Photo here.

Mihal plummeted about 18 feet according to his wife, Lori. The other members of his foursome called an ambulance, and eventually extracted their pal after about twenty minutes with a ladder and some rope.

Lori Mihal said her husband, who’s always been claustrophobic, dislocated his shoulder in the fall and was unable to use one of his arms to try and climb out.

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