What coroner C.W. Elmore described as a "million in one shot" brought tragedy to crowded golf fairways of the Deer Park Golf Club last Saturday afternoon. Aneurin Jenkins Williams, aged 30, of Hamilton, who came here with members of the Hamilton Chapter of the American Institute of Tool Engineers, was almost instantly killed when struck in the back of the head with a fast-travelling golf ball. The chapter was holding its annual field day.
Mr. Williams, who was not playing, had his back to another Hamilton man, C. Lloyd Hodgson, who was, and although the deceased man stood about 100 yards from the player, Mr. Hodgson's ball hit him at the base of the skull. The accident occurred on the first fairway.
After investigating the fatality, Dr. Elmore decided that no inquest was necessary, and released the remains. He stated that while a golf ball was heavy, there is but one place on a human skull where a hit of the character sustained by the deceased man would result in more than bruising or slight concussion.
C.J. Eames,owner of the course, declared that this is the first accident of a serious nature which has occurred to his knowledge. Several players have been hit by flying balls in the past, and on one occasion a lady, who was obviously ignorant of the game, walked in front of a player who was teeing off. Though hit in the head she suffered little more than a stunning blow from which she was quickly revived.