Dumpster-diving golfer uses highway as fairway, hits semi

It can be hard for even passionate golfers to rush out and spend scarce free minutes at the driving range or putting green. That's the whole purpose behind indoor greens that grace the floors of numerous offices, rec rooms and garages.

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So perhaps it's not surprising that when a 53-year-old Canadian man discovered a set of clubs in a Kamloops dumpster, he allegedly took to dangerously lobbing balls across the highway. Those sticks must have been a find just itching for the space to be tested.

Unfortunately, for the alleged errant golfer, a semi driver claims his truck trailer was hit by one of the launched white dimpled missiles. The truck driver reported to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) that he was going along the Trans-Canada highway in Valleyview when he saw the golfer tee up and subsequently heard his trailer take a hit.

The RCMP arrested the golfer nearby, having found him with a shopping cart with a golf bag on the bottom rack. The man explained that he had been cautiously waiting for cars to go by before teeing off. When told he had missed his mark and connected with a semi trailer instead, he equivocated like a true course regular who misses a sure shot and blamed the damage on the speed of the trucker.

Certainly the accuracy of Luke Donald, the current world No. 1 golfer, isn't need to simply fire a ball across a four-lane highway. I would assume Donald would have more care with where he was teeing off his Titleist, even if the pro golfer is also in British Columbia for the RBC Canadian Open.

No, the highway golfer would have been better off to channel the skills of 15-year-old mini golf champion Olivia Prokopova. Having dominated the sport's 2011 U.S. Open—winning the ProAm, teams, open and women's divisions—the Czech mini golf phenom could have given him pointers on how to slice a ball past an obstacle. No problem.

Of course, he could also just tee off in sensible places without endangering lives. Even if there isn't enough time or money to hit the course or driving range. A large backyard, lake or thick stand of trees usually suffice for the rest of us.

That's something the golfer can ponder while he's out on his own recognizance. He has promised to show up in court Aug. 22 to face the charges of mischief to property and mischief endangering life.

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Updated Friday, Jul 22, 2011