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Man Sues Golf Club Because He Was Hit by Golf Ball

May 5, 1994

NEW YORK (AP) _ A man is suing a country club and a co-worker for $3 million, claiming he was beaned by a golf ball during a company outing.

James Henn, an employee of the Lehman Bros. securities firm, said in court papers that the accident at the Rockaway Hunting Club in Lawrence left him with permanent injuries and mental anguish and that he has been ″unable to attend to his normal duties and pursuits.″

Henn alleges that the club and its head golf pro, Randy Cavanagh, were negligent for failing to control its golf course and for not monitoring golfers’ abilities and actions. His lawsuit also names colleague Alan Greco of Manalapan, N.J., who allegedly hit the wayward ball.

Cavanagh says he doesn’t know why he was sued.

″I wasn’t there,″ he said. ″I was sitting at a computer terminal in my office. I didn’t know the fellow had been hit until I heard the ambulance taking him away.″

Cavanagh said the club does not require golfers to show their talents before going onto the course, but all are given copies of club rules, which are the same as those used nationwide by the professional tour.

Greco, reached at Lehman Bros., said he was unable to discuss the case.

Neither Henn nor his lawyer, Ava Maynard, returned calls.

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