Southwest Florida man Scott Lahodik, a professional golf ball diver, was bit on his left arm by an alligator at a Rotonda West., Fla., golf course while swimming and searching for golf balls last Friday.
“Scott got bit, and he managed to get away from the gator,” Rotonda Golf & Country Club course manager David Kelly said via CBS Sports. “(Scott) got out for the lake and drove all the way up to the clubhouse. That’s where we called 911. I think he startled the gator more than anything. He was rooting around in his home looking for golf balls.”
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Lahodik told the Florida Sun Sentinel that the reptile grabbed his arm with his teeth and wouldn’t let go so he resorted to punching it in the eyes, which eventually led the gator to let him go.
“He just came and, full blast, grabbed my arm all the way back in his throat and then he started to roll with me,” Lahodik said of the scary encounter.
Lahodik, who had made a career of diving for golf balls since retiring from the military in 1988, was taken to a nearby hospital in Fort Myers to treat the bite wounds; he had 400 stitches and…