November 15 — The next time you shank a golf shot, you had better yell, “Fore!” if you want to stay out of court.
Not so friendly round of golf. That seemed to be the lesson learned after a round of golf between two doctors on Long Island ended up in a long legal wrangle after one doc clocked the other in the head with an errant shot from the rough. The New York Court of Appeals will listen to both sides Tuesday before determining if Dr. Anoop Kapoor was negligent when he did not verbally warn Dr. Azad Anand that he was a terrible golfer, according to the Associated Press.
Well, maybe not the part about sucking at golf. But, what started out as a friendly game at the nine-hole Dix Hills (N.Y.) Park Golf Course in October 2002 has made its way from a judge into the court system because Kapoor’s poorly struck shot blinded Anand in one eye.
Risky business. If you’ve ever been hit by a golf ball, you know it’s no laughing matter. But this case pretty much seems to be, especially after the judge dismissed Anand’s suit by saying the golfer should have realized that golf was a risky endeavor.
Maybe full-contact golf, but it’s kinda difficult to imagine strapping on shoulder pads and a helmut for a quick 18 at the local muni.
Anyway, back to the one about the two golfing physicians.
After the judge’s ruling, the suit moved up to an Appellate Division court, which, the AP said, decided Anand could not have realized he was in a war zone, and that his golfing buddy had no legal obligation to yell “Fore!” on a crowded golf course.
The justices apparently went into mind-numbing detail about whether you need to warn your pals before taking a swipe at the ball, doctrines, existing case law, and the potential danger you face as you step onto the tee, the AP noted.
Six degrees of separation? The accounts of the two warring parties seemed to differ significantly about how many feet and angles of degrees each golfer was from the other. Anand also testified that he did, in fact, sound a verbal alarm after clubbing his ball toward Kapoor — a statement that the wounded party and a third playing partner contested.
The Court of Appeals will reportedly finish wasting your tax dollars when it rules next month, according to the AP.
No word on what club Kapoor used to get out of the rough.
Sure, a swatted golf ball can do serious damage, but imagine what havoc a Pro V1 shot from a cannon might wreak. Read about the trouble three New England ne’er-do-wells got into after firing golf balls from a potato gun.