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Collapsed Caddie in Fair Condition

July 7, 1999

MAYWOOD, Ill. (AP) _ A caddie who collapsed during the third round of the Western Open over the weekend has been transferred to a veterans’ hospital.

Garland Dempsey, 51, was moved to Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital near Maywood yesterday after being upgraded to fair condition at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights, Michele Mills, a spokeswoman at Palos, said.

Hines spokeswoman Pam Surges said today that Dempsey was in stable condition. She declined to release any further information.

It is still not clear why, Dempsey, John Maginnes’ longtime caddie, collapsed as he walked off the 15th tee Saturday. The temperature was in the 90s, with the humidity making it feel like more than 100 degrees at the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont.

Maginnes and Dempsey had just left the 15th tee when Maginnes said he heard Dempsey make a noise and the golf bag drop. Matt Moore, an ABC employee, performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived. Paramedics used a defibrillator to restore Dempsey’s pulse, then took him by ambulance to a hospital.

Maginnes continued playing and finished in sixth place.

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