Golfer Rod Gurney, 69, dies after being hit with a ball in the head at Portarlington Golf Club

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‘Much loved’ golfer, 69, dies after being hit by a ball in the head on his favorite course

  • Rod Gurney was hit by a ball at Portalington Golf Club, in Victoria on Tuesday
  • The ‘beloved’ 69-year-old’s condition deteriorated and he died on Saturday
  • The grandfather of five is remembered as a ‘devoted family man’

A ‘beloved’ golfer who died in a freak accident at his favorite course is remembered as a ‘devoted family man’.

Rod Gurney, 69, was participating in a tournament at Portalington Golf Club, in the region of Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, on Tuesday when he was hit in the head with a ball.

He died in hospital on Saturday after his condition worsened over the week.

Rod Gurney, 69, (pictured) died after being hit in the head with a golf ball at Portalington Golf Club on Tuesday

Rod Gurney, 69, (pictured) died after being hit in the head with a golf ball at Portalington Golf Club on Tuesday

“It is with immense sadness that Portarlington Golf Club announces that Rod Gurney, a beloved member, has passed away,” the club said.

Mr. Gurney was taken off the track and taken to the clubhouse to be treated by paramedics who then took him home.

He was taken to Geelong Hospital later that day after his condition deteriorated before being transferred to Melbourne Hospital.

Mr Gurney, a father of three and grandfather of five, died ‘peacefully’ in the hospital surrounded by loved ones, the club said.

His heartbroken family remembered him as a “ devoted family man who loved watching the Geelong Cats, playing golf and traveling in his caravan. ”

Gurney was rushed to hospital after his condition deteriorated, before sadly passing away on Saturday.  Pictured: Portalington Golf Club

Gurney was rushed to hospital after his condition deteriorated, before sadly passing away on Saturday.  Pictured: Portalington Golf Club

Gurney was rushed to hospital after his condition deteriorated, before sadly passing away on Saturday. Pictured: Portalington Golf Club

“ While this death was tragic and sudden, we are encouraged to know that he died doing something he loved, ” the family told the Herald Sun

“As a family, we understand accidents in competitive sports and our hearts go out to his golf mates in Portarlington and those who witnessed the incident.

The family said Mr Gurney had watched his favorite team beat the Brisbane Lions, played with his granddaughter and was looking forward to his Tuesday golf game in the days before his death.

The Golf Club supports the members and staff directly involved in the accident and provides advice.

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