Man struck and killed by lightning in Wisconsin

by Melissa Wollering
CNN News

Monday morning's storm clouds were not ideal for golfing. Still, more than forty people were playing at Odana Hills when rain moved in.

"Days like today, it is the real die hard golfers that come out and play," Ray Shane, with Odana Hills Golf Course said.

"As we all know, lightning tries to find metal objects and he was holding on and was attached to some metal that the lightning struck," Mike Hanson, with the Madison Police Dept. said.

Three others in Francis Adams' foursome headed back to the clubhouse, assuming Adams was right behind them. Twenty minutes later, adams' body was found underneath a tree near the eleventh hole.

"We will inform the golfers that there are some systems coming in and say it looks like you're going to get wet and of course lightning strikes are not always shown on those things," Shane said.

The course does not have sirens. Larger courses like Yahara Hills have portable blow horns.

Odana Hills posts signs and warns golfers of severe weather before they tee off, but says it is up to individuals to seek shelter.

"It is physically impossible to get out there and try to remove them especially when the golf course is extremely wet.  We cannot get any vehicles out there," Shane said.

Golfers say more courses should install sirens.

"Sometimes you just cannot tell how close the weather is and how dangerous it could be.  Having any type of warning system would be very important I think for any golfer," Gary Kakazu, a golfer who plays the Odana Hills Golf Course said.

"I'm sure we are going to be looking after today's incident, as with all tragic incidents, to review policies and look at things that can be done to prevent this in the future," Shane added.