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Gerald Ford Has Nothing on This Golfer

June 18, 1993

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) _ And you thought Gerald Ford was a bad golfer.

Ford once hit a spectator while playing. Lee Primm’s goof Thursday was a little more elaborate.

Primm tried to hit out of a sand trap onto the ninth green of the Wakefield Valley Golf Course, about 30 miles northwest of Baltimore.

Instead of making the green, he hit the ball onto the roof of the clubhouse, where it crashed through a skylight and onto a table during a father-daughter banquet that included about 200 people.

No one was injured, but the dinner was delayed while glass was cleaned from the table and the hole was boarded up. Primm walked into the banquet room to retrieve his ball and apologize.

″I felt rather conspicuous walking into that room,″ Primm said. ″I’m just glad nobody was hurt. I’ve hit out of that trap a million times, but before I even lifted my head I heard it hit. I looked up and saw the hole.″

Course designers had anticipated errant shots and put shatter-proof glass in all of the windows in the clubhouse, except the skylight.

″There might have to be some changes,″ said Bill Horney, the golf pro at the course and one of the people at the dinner. ″That thing really surprised us.″

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