Feb 11th, 2017
Man fights off alligator with putter
Saves his life with a Cleveland
Words: James Greenwood
A man who encountered an alligator on a Florida golf course used his Cleveland putter to save his life.
Tony Aarts said he was approaching the fourth hole, when he heard a splash in the water.
"As soon as I heard that splash, I knew it was an alligator, and he got me," Aarts told WINK News.
The alligator grabbed him by the ankle and he ended up in the water hazard.
"I remember having a club in my hand, and as soon as he had me in the water up to my waist, I started hitting him over the head," he said.
Aarts put up a fight but the alligator was not about to give up his prey..
"So, I started hitting him in the eye socket, I hit him 3 times and he let go of my foot," said Aarts. "So I crawled back and by that time the guys... they were there."
He said if it weren't for his Cleveland putter, he might not be here today.
"I guess a golfer should always keep a club in his hand," said Aarts.