If Susan Westerfield wants to take a swing at the golfer who knocked a hole in her mouth, it’s understandable — even though it was just an accident.
Westerfield, 53, was riding her Harley past Indian Hills Golf Club in Murfreesboro, Tenn., when she was struck in the face by an unidentified golfer’s ball.
Amazingly, she was able to keep from crashing even though the ball knocked out several of her teeth and sliced her lip, WKRN-TV reported.
Although she was wearing a helmet, it did not have a protective face guard.
Westerfield was taken to Middle Tennessee Medical Center, where she was treated and released, but told authorities that the moment the ball hit was like having her teeth pushed backwards, the Daily Mail reported.
Westerfield’s nerve damage is so severe that she cannot feel anything in her mouth, including pain, and that pains golfers like Jeff Hall, who told WKRN-TV that he didn’t see the ball hit Westerfield, but heard screams and ran to her location.
“It’s terrible. I feel bad for her. I can’t imagine it,” Hall said.
No charges have been filed, and a source at Indian Hills Golf Club said this is the first time someone has been injured by a flying golf ball at the course.
But it’s not the first time an incident like this has happened, according to Huffington Post blogger Len Berman, who said that in 1998 a guy was playing golf in Haydenville, Mass., when his tee shot smashed off a Toyota. The ball caromed back onto the golf course onto the green and into the cup for a hole in one.
Although the Toyota got dented, the driver appeared on the “Tonight” show and Jay Leno paid for the damage, leaving Berman to wonder if that sets any precedent.
“Maybe Jay can take care of Susan’s dental bills?” Berman wondered