Sink hole swallows golfer on Illinois course

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Golf course sink hole site in Waterloo Illinois - image from KTVI

Ground crews at one Illinois golf course are figuring out how to cope with an 18-feet-deep sink hole on their 14th fairway.

Mark Mihal, co-founder of GolfManna, was reportedly swallowed by the hole as he was checking the distance for his playing partner on Annabriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Illinois on Friday, March 8, 2013.

Mihal’s wife, Lori, posted an account of what happened that day on

At first, the other members of his foursome thought Mark had rolled down a hill.  When they got closer, they realized what happened.

Mark said the ground began to collapse beneath his feet, and then he fell.

“The real scary part was I didn’t know when I would hit bottom and what I would land on,” Mark said.

He landed in mud at the bottom of a 10-feet-wide, 18-feet-deep sink hole.

One of his golfing buddies helped rescue Mark from the sink hole.  Mark suffered a shoulder injury in the fall.

Our sister station KTVI reports the hole is now nearly 30 feet wide.