A devastated Newtownards family have buried their 16-year-old son after he died last week from injuries sustained in a “freak accident” on a golf driving range.
On Saturday July 24, Craig Woods, from the Regency Park area of Newtownards, was enjoying practising his swing with his older brother at Blackwood Golf Centre in Clandeboye when he was struck on his head by a wayward golf ball.
Craig was treated for his head injury in intensive care, but sadly passed away in hospital last Thursday, July 29. His funeral took place yesterday, August 3, at Movilla Abbey Methodist Church.
Richard Gibson, general manager of Blackwood Golf Centre, said: “We are devastated to hear the news of Craig’s death, and express our deepest sympathies to this young man’s family. It was a dreadfully tragic and unfortunate accident.” Alderman Jim Shannon, MP for Strangford, said: “I cannot express how deep my sympathies are for this young lad and as soon as I heard the news I was devastated for this family who have lost their son and brother in a shocking manner.
“To lose a child is unnatural as you always assume that you will pass on first but to lose a child so young and to such a freak accident must be impossible to comprehend.
“It has been said that had the ball hit a few centimetres to either side it may well have been a completely different story.
“My heart simply goes out to this family and I know that the prayers of the people in our town are rising to ask for comfort and help for this family in this dark time of heartache.”
A police spokesperson told the Community Telegraph they are aware of the incident, but are not treating the death as suspicious.
Craig was an avid supporter of Ards Football Club and played for Ards Rangers juniors.
A spokesperson for Ards Football Club extended their sympathy to the Woods family.
“It is with great sadness that we learned of the tragic death of Craig Woods. Craig will be sadly missed by all his friends and teammates at Ards Rangers Juniors,” they said.
A minute's silence will be observed at Ards' opening league fixture this Saturday, August 7.