Golfer killed by freak accident at south coast course

A man has been killed at a NSW south coast golf course after a tree branch struck his head while playing.

At 2.45pm on Thursday, emergency services were called to the Hilltop course at Mollymook at Clifford Close following reports a man in his 50s had been severely injured by a fallen tree.

Witnesses say the man’s playing partners performed CPR on him before paramedics arrived. Two ambulance crews arrived at the scene to find the man with “quite critical injuries”.

Paramedics then performed CPR; however, the man died at the scene. Ambulance officers called it a “freak accident” that caused the man to have a heart attack.

“It appears the man was out for a day of golf with his mates when the freak incident occurred,” NSW Ambulance Inspector Faye Stockman said.

“Unfortunately, the man suffered a significant head injury and went into traumatic cardiac arrest and died at the scene.”

One witness, John Hespe, said he was playing golf just ahead of the man’s group and praised the efforts of his playing partners.

“Very sad day at Hilltop. Playing two holes ahead, we heard the branch crash before worst fears were realised. His playing partners were very brave trying to revive their mate. No words. @MollymookGolf,” Mr Hespe posted on social media.

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