Some old people in an SUV that lost its brakes careened, smashed and bashed their way across the fourth hole at Cloverleaf before striking a few trees causing the SUV to burst into flames after a near miss on a foursome of golfers ready to putt on the green.

Other golfers were heroic by pulling the elderly passengers from the car and then pushing the car over 30 feet with flames shooting out of it to get it away from the injured.  They even managed to save all of the golf clubs in the SUV.

That is great. Commendable.  Taking action to help others without regard for your own safety.  Bravo.

Now, that said:

Dave Higinbotham watched the scene in horror from the third hole of the third nine of Delmont’s Cloverleaf Golf Course. The SUV, he said, rushed up a hill, heading straight toward him at 50 mph.

It missed him, instead grazing his golf cart before zooming up the hill toward the tee of the fourth hole.

“I yelled as loud as I could yell, ‘Fore, fore, fore!’ ” said Mr. Higinbotham, of Greensburg.

I’m sorry.  I realize I don’t know much about golf etiquette, but I thought FORE! was used for Hey! An errant ball is flying at your head.

I didn’t know FORE! was also used for WILD FLAMING SUV!

If it’s me, I much prefer you yell something that lets me know my life is in danger.  Something like, “SUV SUV SUV!” or maybe, “ZOBER ZOBER ZOBER!”


  1. HokieRider
    September 24, 2008 12:51 pm

    Wild Flaming SUV. That sounds like a fantastic band name. Good stuff.

  2. SteelyMcstupid
    September 24, 2008 1:51 pm

    FORE was the right call. Golfers react to FORE and there were golfers in the path…the best way to get their attention is to yell FORE.

    If it was Casey Hampton on the course, you’d yell “DONUT”

  3. jodi
    September 24, 2008 2:38 pm

    At least he got involved…

  4. Steelman
    September 24, 2008 6:58 pm

    Seems absurd but yelling “fore” was probably the best reaction because usually golfers take cover or duck when they hear “fore”. He could have yelled “suicide bomber” and the golfers would have ignored him.

  5. TheJim
    September 24, 2008 11:11 pm

    That golf course sucks anyway!

  6. coolmommy123
    September 25, 2008 8:33 am

    You just made me laugh out loud. I freaked out my 3-year old who is waiting to go on

  7. DW
    September 25, 2008 10:39 am

    I don’t believe the brakes failed, I think the trees cost him a $5 nassau bet and he was taking his revenge, to hell with the passengers and car.

  8. retiredguy
    September 25, 2008 2:32 pm

    Old guys on the golf course will react like infantrymen at the sound of FORE.

    I’ll bet right now that the brakes on that car test OK. Most often what happens is they have their foot on the wrong pedal.

  9. gumbygirl
    September 25, 2008 5:08 pm

    This is why I will never play that dangerous golf!

  10. zarum
    September 29, 2008 9:36 pm

    Let’s see… the brakes failed and the SUV rolled uphill. Hmmmm