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Explosion at Kiawah Island course clubhouse hurts four

5/18/2007 - Golf

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- A gas explosion inside the kitchen of
the new clubhouse at Kiawah Island Golf Resort injured four
construction workers Friday, course officials said.

Two of the workers were taken by helicopter to a hospital burn
unit in Augusta, Ga., according to course and hospital officials.
Their conditions were not immediately available.

The other two workers were listed in fair and in stable
condition at the Medical University of South Carolina in
Charleston, hospital spokesman Tim Gehret said.

Authorities said they believe the explosion occurred as workers
tried to light gas stoves in the clubhouse kitchen. St. Johns Fire
Department Battalion Chief Wayne Carter said there was no
structural damage to the building.

Roger Warren, the president of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, said
the $22 million clubhouse at The Ocean Course still is set to open
for next week's Senior PGA Championship. The course, designed by
Pete Dye, also is scheduled to host the PGA Championship in 2012.

The Ocean Course is a majestic seaside venue favored by tourists
but remembered by the world's best golfers as the host of the
dramatic "War by the Shore'' Ryder Cup in 1991.

Competitors struggled through three days of blowing wind and
wayward shots. Seve Ballesteros won a hole with a double-bogey 7.
Mark Calcavecchia went 8-over par over his final four holes,
leaving him crying on the sand dunes. Hale Irwin shot a 41 on his
final nine -- and won his pairing.

Ballesteros and Irwin plan to play in the tournament that begins
Thursday.

The Ocean Course slowly disappeared from golf's major scene,
partly due to a reputation it was unfair, but since then, Dye has
tinkered with the course design.