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court hearing Golfer being sued by a spectator hit with ball said he had no reason to shout 'fore'


Kevin LeBlanc

Kevin LeBlanc

Kevin LeBlanc

A golfer being sued by a spectator who claims he was knocked out after being hit on the head during a tournament with a golf ball has told the High Court it was a good shot.

Kevin Le Blanc,who has represented Ireland many times and turned professional for over a year before leaving golf, said he did not see a reason to call ‘fore’ as a warning when he took the shot.

“I had forty seconds to hit the shot. I hit the ball on the intended line,” he told the court.

He said he would call ‘fore’ if a shot was going off target or on to a different hole.

“I did not see a reason to call fore. I presumed it was empty up there,” he added.

Mr Le Blanc, who went professional for over a year but who now only plays for leisure was giving evidence in an action taken by spectator Colin Campbell.

Mr Campbell claims he is in constant pain and his life has totally changed after he was hit on the left side of his forehead during the West of Ireland Championship for amateur golfers held at County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point, Sligo four years ago.

He has sued Mr Le Blanc, the golf club and the organisers of the competition who deny his claims..

It is claimed Mr Le Blanc, who was in the rough at the 11th green and 12th tee box, hit the ball and it overshot the green hitting Mr Campbell on the head.

It was “an errant shot” and if a shot is errant there is a fundamental obligation to shout ‘fore’ because somebody could be in its way, it is also claimed.

Mr Campbell (65) a father of three from Donegal town has sued County Sligo Golf Club, Rosses Point; the event organisers, the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) National Coaching Academy Ltd with offices at Maynooth, Co Kildare, and Mr Le Blanc, of Donabate, Co Dublin over the incident on March 28,2016.

It is claimed against the County Sligo Golf Club and the GUI there was a failure to take reasonable care for the safety of spectators.

There was also an alleged failure to give any warnings to those attending the competition they ought not be located at the place where Mr Campbell suffered injury.

It is claimed against Mr Le Blanc he failed to warn spectators including Mr Campbell of dangers of which he ought to have been aware,

The claims and denied and it is contended there was contributory negligence on the part of Mr Campbell who was allegedly engaged in conversation and not looking at the golfer taking the shot .

The case before Ms Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon was adjourned to January 12 next.

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