What to do if a volcano erupts in your backswing

Photo: Mario Tama

IT’S always good to see golfers taking the initiative and these guys on Hawaii’s Big Island should certainly get full marks for thinking outside the square.

Whilst everyone else was either standing around gawking at the nearby erupting Kilauea volcano – or being evacuated – they were enticed by the thought of the empty fairways of the aptly named Volcano Golf and Country Club.

Apparently far from being a staged set-up, photographer Mario Tama was at the course taking photos of the eruption when the golfers called out to him – he was standing in the way of their tee shots.

“ … as I was shooting, I heard these guys call out to me that I was in the way of their game and could I step aside,” Tama recounted. “They were very gracious about it. Obviously, it didn’t occur to me that I was impeding on someone’s game. So I walked over to the left and got some shots of them as they were teeing off.”

So the advice on what to do if a volcano erupts in your backswing is pretty simple really: just ignore it.

The Rules of Golf measures around “outside agencies” should cover any situations where eruption material interferes with your ball position.

Mario Tama
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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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