Leach says woman sat in 35-degree water for two hours

By |  December 28, 2010

So much for a slow Monday after Christmas, Greg Leach, assistant superintendent at Lubbock (Texas) CC, said.

Leach arrived at the course around 7 a.m. and was enjoying what he called a “slow Monday after Christmas” at the course when one of his crew members came into the shop and told him there was a car in the pond on No. 15.

“I thought he meant someone stole a golf car and drove that into the pond,” Leach says. “I didn’t realize it was a real car until I saw it. I was about to call 911 when I saw someone was still in there.”

Leach figured the woman in the car was dead. Overnight temperatures dropped to 25 degrees and there were areas of ice on the corners of the pond. Then he saw her move.

“I kicked off my boots and jumped in. The water is about four feet deep,” Leach told Golfdom in a phone interview this morning. The car door was already open when he got there, but the woman was still buckled into her seat. “She was moving and speaking, but she wasn’t making any sense.”

Leach said he was in the water for all of two minute, but the cold water was enough to make his lower body entirely numb. The maintenance facility has a surveillance camera, and reviewing that evening’s tape showed headlights going into the pond at 6:30 a.m.

“She sat in there for two, maybe two-and-a-half hours,” Leach says.

By the time he had her out of the pond, the first police car was on the scene.

Leach, who got his turf degree from Texas Tech and has been at Lubbock CC for four years, said he once helped pull a 97-year-old man from a pond, but he was in a golf car. This was new territory for him. By the time Golfdom caught up with him on Tuesday morning, he had already done two interviews, one with the local TV news and another with a local newspaper reporter.

“It was a little bit exciting for what I thought would be a slow Monday morning,” Leach said.

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