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Golf-Ball Ricochet Leads to Blindness, Lawsuit

Paul Sanchez sues Candia Woods Golf Links in Candia, N.H., claiming that the course's owners failed to warn him about markers.

Golf has produced more than its share of oddball lawsuits, with a large portion involving golfers insisting that the courts protect them from themselves. Paul Sanchez, a 67-year-old "occasional" golfer, is no exception. Blinded in one eye in September 2006 when the ball he hit struck a yardage marker and ricocheted back to him, Sanchez sued Candia Woods Golf Links in Candia, N.H., this winter, claiming that the course's owners failed to warn him about the markers. According to a report in the Manchester Union Leader, the lawsuit also claims that the markers were made of material too rigid to be safe for the course and were improperly placed in the middle of the fairway. Sanchez's attorney, Barry Scotch of the Manchester firm of Backus, Meyer Solomon & Branch, told the paper that a golf expert was consulted before the suit was filed, adding, "It's not a frivolous, run-it-up-the-flagpole-and-see-who-salutes kind of thing." Sanchez is seeking unspecified damages, and his wife, Mary Ellen Sanchez, is a party to the suit, claiming emotional damage.

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