Warning For Golfers As Player Awarded £400k After Losing Eye
Released on: November 08, 2011, 4:27 am
Leading UK golf insurance specialist Golf Care has urged
players to ensure they take out sufficient protection before stepping
onto the course.
The warning comes after a Scottish court ordered a golfer and a golf club to pay
damages of almost £400,000 following an accident which led to an amateur player
losing an eye after being struck by a ball.
A judge at the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled on Friday that 44-year-old
Anthony Phee from Sale, Greater Manchester, should receive £397,000 in damages – 30
per cent of which will be paid by Niddry Castle Golf Club at Winchburgh, in West
Lothian, where the incident took place and 70 per cent by the golfer who struck the
The case has highlighted the importance of individual golfers having specialist golf insurance which covers them for
eventualities such as this that can potentially occur on the golf course.
John Woosey, managing director of Golf Care, said: "It's worrying that nine out of
10 golfers aren't adequately covered when they step on the course. Mr Phee's case
proves that accidents happen and can cost golfers a fortune."
The UK's leading specialist golf insurance provider, Golf Care, offers policies
that would have covered the liable golfer for this sort of incident which left the
visiting player with only one eye after he was struck by a wayward tee-shot.
Mr Woosey added that in many cases, golfers think their home insurance will cover
them for damage or personal liability, but the truth is that an inexpensive
specialist golf insurance policy is the best way to ensure that individual golfers
are adequately covered.
He said: "This sort of incident highlights just how dangerous a golf course can be,
and a pay-out of £397,000 is a staggering amount."
"The vast majority of golfers don't realise how easy it is to compare golf insurance and aren’t properly covered. But whether you're a single figure
handicapper or a golfing novice, we all hit poor shots. Why take the risk when for
less than £30 a year you can be fully covered for incidents such as this - a small
fee to pay for peace of mind every time you step onto the course."
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About Golf Care:
Established in 2003, Manchester-based Golf Care has become one of the fastest
growing specialist golf insurers in the UK, offering everything from personal
accident cover to golf buggy insurance. The company now insures over 55,000 individual golfers and covers in
excess of £65m worth of golf equipment. As part of The JRW Group of companies, the
largest specialist golf insurer in the UK, Golf Care is able to provide its
customers with the lowest premiums possible.
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