This PGA pro has saved the life of a golfer who literally died on his course

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 13, 2016 12:23

The assistant PGA professional at Nuneaton Golf Club in Warwickshire has helped bring back to life a club member who collapsed and died on the course.

Golfer Alan Morris (right) had a heart attack and was effectively dead for more than two minutes until the professional golfer, along with another employee of the club and another golfer with medical expertise brought him back to life.

Key to their success were cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), a defibrillator and the speed in which they treated him,

PGA pro Nigel Randle (left) performed CPR after a defibrillator was used to revive Morris, who lay lifeless on the ninth green.

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Another club member, Dr Alan Gummery, who happened to be teeing off on the nearby opening hole, initially attended to Morris while Randle and the club’s bar manager, Alan Read, performed CPR on the stricken golfer.

Ambulance paramedics later confirmed Morris had died for two-and-a-half minutes until the combination of the life-saving device and CPR jolted his heart back into life.

Randle, who has just finished his second year on the PGA training programme, admitted it had been a pretty surreal experience.

“It was about 1pm and a guy came in and said could he borrow a buggy as there had been a bit of an accident with one of the members,” said Randle.

“The ninth green is only 50 or 60 yards from the clubhouse so I sprinted over and I could see quite a few people crowded around Alan.

“Luckily Dr Gummery was one of them and as I got there, the defib shocked him and I started to do compressions – 30 compressions and then two breaths.

“By this time the ambulance was on its way but we kept on with the procedure.

“I looked into his eyes and there was nothing – he was 100 per cent dead and there was no response.

“Eventually the ambulance arrived, they gave him oxygen and took over. We since discovered that Alan was dead for two-and-a-half minutes so the defib certainly saved his life.

“Afterwards I shut the shop for half an hour and me, Alan and the bar manager went and had a half pint and we chinked glasses.

“We just looked at each and couldn’t speak initially, then I said I can’t believe what just happened. Even now, a few weeks later, I still can’t believe that we managed to save him.”

Randle was looking after the club in absence of head PGA Professional Craig Phillips who was refereeing at the US PGA Championship.

“When Craig came back from America he said ‘have I missed anything?!’

“It’s funny, I’ve had holes in ones, won competitions, shot great scores but nothing that I’ve done on a golf course will top that  – to actually save someone’s life.

“Alan has since been back to the club and shaken our hands and thanked us for saving his life. He’s now had a tiny defib fitted in his left shoulder.”

Following the incident the club has also purchased a second defibrillator to keep out on the course for the greenkeeping staff.

“Every year about six of us do the defib training course and as we’ve seen in Alan’s case, defibs do save lives,” added Randle.

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 13, 2016 12:23
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  1. Jamie October 13, 12:33

    It’s great a club not only has a defib but also maintains the training of its staff. How many clubs out there have members at risk of heart attacks etc and the club don’t know about them? Time for clubs to find out more about its members and make sure they’re looking after them

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