Golfer loses arm in gator attack

10/9/2009 - Golf

BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Officials say an alligator bit off part of
a golfer's arm as he leaned over to pick up his ball at a private
South Carolina course.

The man, who is in his 70s, was retrieving his ball from a pond
when the 10-foot alligator bit him at Ocean Creek Golf Course in
Beaufort County. The gator pulled the golfer into the pond and
ripped off his arm in the struggle. His golf partners were able to
free him.

Wildlife workers killed the alligator and retrieved the arm in
the hopes it might be reattached.

The man has not been identified. He was being treated at the
Medical University of South Carolina, but officials there would not
release any information about him.

A call to the golf course was not immediately returned.