Portarlington Golf Club bistro, Rod Gurney died after a golf ball struck him

Rod Gurney, a Portarlington resident, is killed in a freak golf ball accident.

A Victorian man has been identified as the victim of a freak accident at a golf club last week.

A man from Victoria died after being struck in the head by a golf ball during a competition.

Rod Gurney was struck by a ball on Tuesday while competing in a men's golf tournament at the Portarlington Golf Club on the state's Bellarine Peninsula.

“It is with great sorrow that Portarlington Golf Club informs you of the passing of Rod Gurney, a much-loved member,” a club statement read.

According to the club, the 69-year-old golfer died on Saturday after his condition worsened over the week.

Mr Gurney was treated at the clubhouse by paramedics following his evacuation from the course and subsequent transport home.

Golfers at the Victorian club where a man died after being struck by a ball in the back. Photograph by David Crosling.
Golfers at the Victorian club where a man died after being struck by a ball in the back. Photograph by David Crosling.

However, his condition worsened later that day, and he was rushed to a Geelong hospital before being transferred to a Melbourne hospital.

According to the club, he died "peacefully" in the hospital, surrounded by his loved ones.

The Portarlington resident was a "much-loved" participant who visited the course on a daily basis with his mates.

Golf Australia is also assisting the club, with the immediate emphasis being on assisting families, members, and staff members who were involved, as well as providing therapy as needed.

Rod Gurney died on Saturday after being hit by a golf ball
Rod Gurney died on Saturday after being hit by a golf ball earlier this week at Portarlington Golf Club.

 

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