A family is mourning the death of a loved one in Upstate New York this weekend as a 90-year-old golfer tragically drowned in a golf course pond on Thursday.
According to Syracuse.com, a 90-year-old Fayetteville golfer drowned while attempting to retrieve his golf ball from a water hazard at Rogues Roost Golf Course in Madison County.
The golfer, Alan J. Goldberg, lost his balance and fell into a pond filled with about 8 feet of murky water, according to New York State Police.
The incident happened around 11:30 a.m.
Evidence shows that Goldberg’s drowning was accidental. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the official cause of death.
Goldberg was a lawyer at the Sugarman Law Firm in Syracuse.
This is the second such story of a golfer drowning while attempting to retrieve a golf ball in the past few months.
In March, Hermilo Jazmines, 74, was playing golf with a friend at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club in Oldsmar, about 20 miles northwest of Tampa, Florida when he went missing after teeing off on the third hole.
A 74-year-old Florida man drowned at a country club while looking for a lost golf ball in a pond. https://t.co/4J3tLmGo26
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 28, 2021
Jazmines’ golf cart and putter were found abandoned near the pond, and after a search of the area by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the dive team responded and located Jazmines submerged in the water near his putter.