Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Florida golfer uses putter to fight off alligator attack

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 1:31 PM

  • Photo via Michael McCarthy on Flickr.
A Florida man might have a new lucky putter.

Fort Myers resident Tony Aarts found himself face to face with a 10-foot alligator out on the green, and used his putter to fend it off.

According to WINK News, Aarts was approaching the fourth hole at the Magnolia Landing Golf & Country Club on Wednesday, Feb. 8, when an alligator burst from the water hazard just feet away from him.

The gator grabbed Aarts’ right ankle and dragged him into the water. Aarts then struck the alligator repeatedly on the head with his putter, but it wasn't until he clubbed the creature in the eye two or three times that it let go and he was able to crawl to safety.

“It’s a good thing I had that putter,” Aarts told WINK News. “It’s a good, solid, heavy putter.”

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers showed up after the attack, captured the gator and put it down.

Tags: , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues


© 2022 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation