Golfer Uses Putter to Fight Gator Off

A man in Fort Myers used his Cleveland Golf putter to subdue a 10-foot gator that attacked him at Magnolia Landing Golf & Country Club. Tony Aarts spoke of the horrifying moment:

“As I was walking about 5 to 6 feet away from the water I heard a splash, and as soon as I heard that splash I knew it was an alligator, and he got me.. I remember having a club in my hand, and as soon as he had me in the water up to my waist, I started hitting him over the head. He was looking at me with his big eyes, and I kept hitting him and I’m thinking I’m getting deeper and deeper, and I thought you’re not gonna get me. [So switched it up and] I started hitting him in the eye socket. I hit him three times and he let go of my foot, so I crawled back out and by that time the guys were there.”

The "guys" were officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who captured the gator and put it down. The fight left him with an amazing story to tell, as well as some advice to impart to others on the course. “I guess a golfer should always keep a club in his hand,” Aarts said.

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