High school golfer hospitalized after being hit by fallen tree branch at Santa Cruz County Club

A large branch broke off to the left of a Monterey cypress tree on the right side of the 16th fairway at Seascape Golf Club, hitting a high school golfer Thursday afternoon. The golfer was hospitalized. (Jim Seimas – Santa Cruz Sentinel)

APTOS — A junior varsity golfer at Aptos High has been hospitalized after being struck by a large, fallen Monterey cypress branch during a practice round at Seascape Golf Club on Thursday afternoon.

The accident occurred to the right of the fairway, near the cart track, midway between the tee box and the green on the 196-yard, par 3 16th hole.

“It was an unfortunate, unusual occurrence,” said Gary Nelson, the course’s general manager.

Nelson, Seascape Director of Golf Brant Wilson, Aptos Athletic Director Travis Fox and Mariners College golf coach Paul Zech declined to comment, referring all inquiries to Alicia Jimenez, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District public information officer. Jimenez told the Sentinel that information would be available to her by Saturday morning.

A paramedic and a firefighter were at the scene treating the boy, who was conscious, before he was taken to a hospital outside of Santa Cruz County for treatment, a source said.

“It was a big branch,” said the source, who was at the scene but wished to remain anonymous because the incident involved a minor.

The tree appears to be more than 30 feet tall. A portion of the large branch that fell was about 8 inches in diameter. Portions of the fallen branch had been sawed and removed from the cart path by Friday night.


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